Canal Events & Festivals 2017 - 2018

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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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05 May - 07 May 2018
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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05 May - 07 May 2018
Skipton Waterway Festival : Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Skipton Waterway Festival

May Bank Holiday weekend 5th to 7th May 2018! Skipton's annual Waterway Festival takes place around Skipton and on the Canal Basin (off Coach Street). 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 BID!

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19 May - 20 May 2018
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 25th Festival, the highlight of the town’s annual calendar and the finale of Rickmansworth Week, will be held on the 19th and 20th May 2018. The top attraction for many is the wonderful array of canal boats from across the country - a terrific spectacle, with at least 100 craft of many types and histories moored along the towpath up to four deep. But there are things to do, see and enjoy whatever your interests, and whatever your age.

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19 May - 20 May 2018
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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01 Jun - 03 Jun 2018
Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show 2018 : River Thames

Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show 2018

BEALE PARK BOAT & OUTDOOR SHOW 2018 JUNE 1, JUNE 2 & JUNE 3 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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02 Jun - 03 Jun 2018
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 2rd and Sunday 3th June 2018 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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16 Jun - 17 Jun 2018
Foxton Locks Festival : Grand Union Canal

Foxton Locks Festival

Open 10.00 am to 11:30 pm on Saturday & 10.00 am to 5 pm on Sunday Festival entry £7.00 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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30 Jun - 01 Jul 2018
Stratford-upon-Avon River Festival : River Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon River Festival

As every year, the two-day FREE celebration for all the family is organised by Stratforward - Stratford-upon-Avon's Business Improvement District, which represents over 465 town centre shops, cafes, restaurants and other businesses. Since it was established the Stratford River Festival has grown to become one of the region’s leading free festivals. 2017 was a record breaking year bringing over 70,000 revellers into the beautiful town of Stratford-upon-Avon.

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16 Aug - 19 Aug 2018
Green Man Festival : Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

Green Man Festival

The Brecon Beacons is one of the most inspiring locations in the world. Surrounded by miles and miles of mountains, forests, waterfalls and rivers, the Settlement is your opportunity to make the most of Green Man’s magical surroundings.

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25 Aug - 27 Aug 2018
IWA Festival of Water 2018, St Neots : Erewash Canal

IWA Festival of Water 2018, St Neots

Saturday 25th to Monday 27th August 2018 The annual Festival of Water comes to St Neots, Huntingdonshire over the 2018 August Bank Holiday Weekend. A weekend of fun for boaters, campers and all who love spending time by the water. There will be attractions for all the family and boats lining the mile of River Great Ouse that flows past Regatta Meadow.

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