Canal Events & Festivals 2016 - 2017

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30 Apr - 02 May 2016
Canalway Cavalcade, Little Venice, London : Regent's Canal

Canalway Cavalcade, Little Venice, London

Canalway Cavalcade is a major event organised by IWA each year since 1983. It takes place over the early May Bank Holiday weekend, and combines a boat rally with a trade show and a wide range of activities and entertainments, and claims the title of London's premier waterway event.

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13 May - 15 May 2016
BCN Society Titford Pumphouse Rally : BCN Old Main Line

BCN Society Titford Pumphouse Rally

Birmingham Canal Navigations Society Rally, Titford, May 13 - 15 2016 The BCN Society's annual rally, at Titford Pumphouse.

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21 May - 22 May 2016
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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21 May - 22 May 2016
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 23rd Festival, the highlight of the town’s annual calendar and the finale of Rickmansworth Week, will be held on the 21st and 22nd May 2016. 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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28 May - 30 May 2016
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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03 Jun - 05 Jun 2016
Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show 2016 : River Thames

Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show 2016

Beale Park, The Lake, Lower Basildon, Reading, West Berkshire RG8 9NW A lively three days of boating & fun! See the widest range of boats in one place, all set around a beautiful lake beside the River Thames. Enjoy family days out lazing by the lake in the sun. Family camping, glamping & Thames side mooring available. New features for 2016 to be announced shortly!

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04 Jun - 05 Jun 2016
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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11 Jun - 12 Jun 2016
IWA National Campaign Festival 2016 : Leeds & Liverpool Canal

IWA National Campaign Festival 2016

IWA is pleased to designate the Eldonian Village Canal Festival in Liverpool, on 11-12 June, as its 2016 National Campaign Festival. This is in recognition of its ambitious objective to increase leisure activities on a relatively underused part of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. The event will celebrate the bi-centenary of the canal and is being organized by IWA Chester and Merseyside Branch in partnership with the Liverpool Culture Company, the Eldonian Housing Trust and the Canal & River Trust.

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17 Jun - 19 Jun 2016
Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival : Trent & Mersey Canal

Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival

From 17th – 19th June 2016 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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02 Jul - 03 Jul 2016
Stratford-upon-Avon River Festival : River Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon River Festival

Stratford River Festival. For a weekend in the summer, come and enjoy free family fun in Stratford-upon-Avon with music, narrow boats on the River Avon, craft and food stalls, family zone, charity stalls, illuminated boat parade and spectacular fireworks...

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23 Jul - 24 Jul 2016
Blackburn Canal Festival : Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Leeds Liverpool Canal Bicentenary 2016

Blackburn’s forth ever canal festival which boasts to be bigger and better, will be held at Eanam Wharf on Saturday and Sunday 23rd - 24th July 2016. The family fun weekend celebrating the history of the Leeds Liverpool

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13 Aug - 14 Aug 2016
Fenny Stratford Canal Festival : Grand Union Canal

Fenny Stratford Canal Festival

An offshoot from the Fenny Poppers Festival, the town’s annual summer festival on the same day. Contact rosemaryasmith@uwclub.net for more detail


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13 Aug - 14 Aug 2016
Blisworth Canal Festival : Grand Union Canal

Blisworth Canal Festival

Blisworth’s waterfront will be full of trade boats and stalls selling everything from cheese to boat oil with 2 trip boats operating both days. The Playboat ‘Funion Bargee’ will also be moored and providing free play sessions. *FREE MOORING *FREE PARKING *FREE ENTRY *FREE WALKS & TALKS

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