Canal Events & Festivals 2017 - 2018

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29 Apr - 01 May 2017
Norbury Junction Canal Festival : Shropshire Union Canal

Norbury Junction on the Shropshire Union Canal

This bank holiday weekend visitors are invited to a three-day canal festival celebrating life around the Shropshire waterways. The festival will take place along both sides of the canal at Norbury Junction on the Shropshire Union Canal, between Newport and Stafford. There’ll be a whole host of activities for all the family to get involved with. Visitors will get the chance to take a look inside some of the narrow boats to see what life is like on board. Live bands will also provide entertainment in the main marquee.


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29 Apr - 01 May 2017
Canalway Cavalcade, Little Venice, London : Regent's Canal

Canalway Cavalcade, Little Venice, London

IWA Canalway Cavalcade is a unique waterway boat gathering organised by IWA volunteers, that has been taking place at Little Venice since 1983. Admission is Free. Join us over the early May Bank Holiday weekend. There will be activities for all the family with a boaters’ gathering, a pageant of boats, trade shows and stalls, live music, kids’ activities, competitions, Morris Dancers, a real ale bar, a wide variety of snacks and food.

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29 Apr - 01 May 2017
Skipton Waterway Festival : Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Skipton Waterway Festival

Skipton Canal Basin and around Skipton 29th April to 1st May 2017 Held over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, when Skipton's annual Waterway Festival takes place around the Canal Basin. The event runs over the whole weekend and will be opened by the Mayor of Skipton Town. Dozens of narrowboats and other craft will line the Basin and the surrounding towpaths - all themed to help celebrate the Canal's landmark anniversary - and there will be a full programme of entertainment throughout each of the three days. Entry to the Festival is free. Once again, this year's Festival is benefiting from financial support from the Skipton Business Improvement District.

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19 May - 07 Apr 2017
IWA Northampton Branch : Grand Union

IWA Northampton Branch

IWA Northampton Branch - Annual Boat Gathering This year we are at Stoke Bruerne on the GU Canal from 19th - 21st May. Come and join our friendly event! Attractions include real ale bar and live music (with jam session), talks and guided walks, 2 performances by the travelling Alarum Theatre honouring The Idle Women of WW2, two for the price of one Canal Museum entry, vintage tearoom with homemade cakes, stalls, auction, quiz night and more. Contact Tony Clarke at tony.clarke@waterways.org.uk

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20 May - 21 May 2017
Rickmansworth Canal Festival : Grand Union Canal

Rickmansworth Canal Festival

The Rickmansworth Festival takes place on the third weekend of May every year and celebrates canals, the community and the environment. The 24th Festival, the highlight of the town’s annual calendar and the finale of Rickmansworth Week, will be held on the 20th and 21st May 2017.

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27 May - 29 May 2017
Crick Boat Show : Grand Union Canal

Crick Boat Show, Crick

Crick Boat Show is the only major Boat Show for the inland waterways offering the opportunity to view more boats at one time than anywhere else. It's the biggest boating equipment marketplace with over 250 exhibitors. Save up to 20% off the gate prices by booking your tickets in advance. Don’t forget to book your mooring or camping at the same time.

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27 May - 28 May 2017
Moira Canal Festival : Ashby Canal

Moira Canal Festival - on the restored Ashby Canal

The Moira Canal Festival is a family event held every year on the restored section of the Ashby Canal, at the historic Moira Furnace Museum, on the North West Leicestershire and South Derbyshire border. It aims to raise awareness of, and money for, the restoration, extension and maintenance of the Ashby Canal.

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02 Jun - 04 Jun 2017
Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show 2017 : River Thames

Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show 2017

BEALE PARK BOAT & OUTDOOR SHOW 2017 JUNE 2, JUNE 3 & JUNE 4 10AM-6PM FRIDAY & SATURDAY, 10AM-5PM SUNDAY BEALE PARK, LOWER BASILDON, READING, BERKSHIRE RG8 9NW “BRITAIN’S MOST RELAXED BOAT SHOW…” Classic Boat magazine ENJOY A WEEKEND OF ‘SIMPLY MESSING ABOUT IN BOATS’

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03 Jun - 04 Jun 2017
Etruria Canals Festival : Stoke-on-Trent, Trent & Mersey Canal

Etruria Canals Festival

The Etruria Canals Festival is back for 2017 and will be taking place Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June 2017 10am-5pm. The event is free to attend. This year’s festival will continue the traditions of the annual community event which is one of the largest free events in Stoke-on-Trent, regularly attracting thousands of visitors to the junction of the Trent and Mersey and Caldon canals in the middle of Etruria. The festival will bring the canals of Stoke-on-Trent alive with a historic boat parade along the Trent and Mersey canal from Etruria towards Burslem. Music and dance will complement colourful historic canal boats moored along the towpaths of Etruria. Lots of activities for children and adults will be on site and a good time is guaranteed for all.

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03 Jun - 04 Jun 2017
Leicester Riverside Festival : River Soar

Leicester Riverside Festival

Leicester Riverside Festival is a lively weekend of activities for the whole family at Castle Gardens, Bede Park, Mile Straight & Western Boulevard. Sponsored by local housing provider Riverside, and supported by Westcotes Ward Community Meeting, this popular festival offers boat trips, live music, a variety of food stalls from around the world, displays and an exciting choice of activities for all ages, making it a fun packed weekend!

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16 Jun - 18 Jun 2017
Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival : Trent & Mersey Canal

Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival

From 16th – 18th June 2017 As in previous years, we will be offering an inviting selection of Main stage and Fringe music in various venues around the town, backed up by the colourful array of Narrow Boats along the canal. We are also proud to continue our tradition of Morris Dancing displays, a Celidh night, stalls, workshops and celebration of the rich heritage of Middlewich.

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16 Jun - 02 Jul 2017
Folk on the Water : Warwickshire Canal

Folk on the Water

Folk on the Water - the RECIPE: take one medley of musicians and place into a large 8-berth boat. Add organic food, a glass of wine, assorted instruments and move gently along the Warwickshire canal. Position under a warm English fortnight and allow to occasionally settle in pub gardens. Serve with a mixture of canal side communities and add applause to taste.

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17 Jun - 18 Jun 2017
Foxton Locks Festival : Grand Union Canal

Foxton Locks Festival

Open 10.00 am to 11 pm on Saturday & 10.00 am to 5 pm on Sunday Festival entry £5.00 per adult per day and accompanied children are Free! Follow the signs for the Free Festival Car Park and then walk along the canal, past the brightly coloured boats.

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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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