Canal Events & Festivals 2017 - 2018

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24 Jun - 25 Jun 2017
Braunston & Historic Narrowboat : Grand Union Canal

Braunston & Historic Narrowboat Rally & Canal Festival

This is the 14th of our hugely popular working narrowboats rally - the UK's largest! Well over 80 historic boats gather and take part in parades with commentary - stirring stuff! There is a real ale beer tent, exhibitors, traders & waterways artists, an open air Songs of Praise church service on Sunday, live music from bands & groups, Morris dancing, fast food, boat horse demonstrations, a theatrical presentation Admittance is free but if you bring your car there is a parking fee of £10.

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24 Jun - 25 Jun 2017
Leeds Waterfront Festival : Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Leeds Waterfront Festival

With something for everyone, the festival spans the heritage and history of Armley Mills, the spectacular location of Granary Wharf, a party atmosphere at Brewery Wharf, contemporary arts at The Tetley and the colourful and competitive Leeds Dock, with much more in between! Fun for all the family, indoor and outdoor events, musical performances, glorious grub and parties that go on until the evening, there’s no excuse not to come down the festival and join in the fun. Last year, we had free boat trips and water sports (paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing) that gave the visitors the chance to literally get close to the water.

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21 Jul - 23 Jul 2017
Bristol Harbour Festival : Bristol Harbourside, Kennet & Avon Canal

Bristol Harbour Festival

2017 dates announced. Bristol Harbour Festival will take place on 21 - 23 July 2017. If you are a fan of arts, circus, dance, music, boats, nautical capers, good food and drink and general enjoyment - make sure you put that weekend in your diary.

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29 Jul 2017
Linslade Canal Festival : Grand Union Canal

Linslade Canal Festival

Tiddenfoot Waterside Park. Why not come along and join the thousands of visitors who enjoy the unique atmosphere of this popular one day event. From rural craft demonstrations, colourful narrow boats and numerous handcraft stalls selling products from cheese, ceramics and plants to activities and entertainment – there is plenty to interest visitors of all ages.

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12 Aug - 13 Aug 2017
Blisworth Canal Festival : Grand Union Canal

Blisworth Canal Festival

Blisworth Canal Festival spreads up from the atmospheric waterfront with its line of colourful trade boats and trip boats into 8 other nearby village venues. Come and see for yourself why tens of thousands of visitors flock to Blisworth each year to enjoy the event. It is now a major County and Canal event and the largest and most successful that we know of organised solely by volunteers from a small village community. *FREE MOORING *FREE PARKING *FREE ENTRY *FREE WALKS & TALKS

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17 Aug - 20 Aug 2017
Green Man Festival : Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

Green Man Festival

August 20th - 23rd 2015

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26 Aug - 27 Aug 2017
Burnley Canal Festival : Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Burnley Canal Festival

Burnley Canal Festival. Music, dance, performance and spectacle, fun fair, food, workshops, craft stalls and waterborne activities will all be back to take you on a trail of magic and discovery through Burnley’s unique canal side environment and heritage.

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26 Aug - 28 Aug 2017
Ilkeston to host IWA Festival of Water 2017 : Erewash Canal

Festival of Water Attractions Traders Food & Drink Location Media Volunteers Ilkeston to host IWA Festival of Water 2017

The IWA Festival of Water will be free to attend and will have an array of attractions on and off the water providing a fun day out for all the family. Many boats, including leisure, trade, heritage and working narrowboats, are expected and there will be a wide range of craft stalls and activities on site. There will also be a market and fundraising stalls and IWA would like to hear from boaters, charities and local groups who are interested in having a stall and fundraising for their chosen cause.

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03 Sep 2017
Angel Canal Festival : Regents Canal

Angel Canal Festival

This annual one-day festival is based around the City Road Lock, Basin and towpath alongside the Regents Canal, also local streets and a park, in Islington, North London.

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23 Sep - 24 Sep 2017
Huddlesford Heritage Gathering : Coventry Canal

Huddlesford Heritage Gathering

Our biennial gathering of Historic Boats, Floating Traders, Private Boats, and Classic Vehicles, with exhibitors and displays on the field. Music, entertainment, food and bar all day. Organised jointly by Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust and Lichfield Cruising Club

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TBA
Stourbridge Navigation Trust : Stourbridge Canal

Stourbridge Navigation Trust Open Weekend - Bonded Warehouse

Annual Open Weekend Stourbridge Navigation Trust Open Weekend October 14th & 15th October 2017 (TBA). This year the Trust will be the 32nd annual Open Weekend. The event which runs from 10 am until 5 pm on both days will attract well over one hundred boats which will be moored along the historic Stourbridge Canal. There is free admission to the site and there are a number of attractions which include classic vehicles, traction engines, amusements, canal boat trips, fairground organs and a craft fair in the Bonded Warehouse.

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