Canal Events & Festivals 2024 - 2025

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15 Jun 2024
Bradley Canal Festival : Bradley Canal

Bradley Canal Festival - from 10:00 to around 16:00

Bradley Canal Restoration Society in partnership with Canal and River Trust will hold this one-day event on Saturday 15th June 2024, at Bradley Workshops.

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22 Jun - 23 Jun 2024
Kidderminster Canal and Food Festival : Kidderminster Canal

Kidderminster Canal and Food Festival

Join us for an epic weekend by the waterside at the Kidderminster Canal and Food Festival! Date: Saturday 22nd (10am – 7pm) & Sunday 23rd June (10am – 5pm) Location: Weavers Wharf, Kidderminster, DY10 1AA

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22 Jun 2024
Brentford Canal Festival : Brentford Canal

Brentford Canal Festival

Come and join us for a fabulous day out celebrating our canals and waterways. And this year will be our biggest so far with activities for everyone in a number of locations across Brentford: on the Grand Union Canal, River brent & River Thames. in Market Place, Gauging Lock, Brentford Lock Piazza, Workhouse Dock and Ferry Quays.

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05 Jul - 07 Jul 2024
Stratford-upon-Avon River Festival : River Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon River Festival

After a four-year hiatus, we're thrilled to announce that the much-loved River Festival is back! Join us from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th July for three days of fun and festivities along the picturesque River Avon, right opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. This is the perfect day out for the whole family! Bring the kids and enjoy a weekend filled with entertainment, good food, and great community vibes. Spread the word and invite your friends and family to join us for a weekend of celebration, culture, and community spirit at the River Festival 2024 in Stratford upon Avon!

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06 Jul - 07 Jul 2024
Newbury Waterways Festival : Kennet and Avon Canal

Newbury Waterways Festival

Markets, Festivals and Events This listing contains both RCTA Floating Markets as well as other canal related festivals with possible trading opportunities from around the system (Only the RCTA events can be booked from this page). If you would like to get updates about our events on your Facebook timeline just follow Canal Traders News or follow us on Twitter or Instagram @canaltraders Local information on individual Floating Markets can be found here https://www.rcta.org.uk/rcta-floating-markets-local-information/ RCTA Floating Market & Events Registration You can book and pay for a slot in the RCTA Floating Markets by clicking on the event and registering your details. There are a limited number of slots available at each market, so don’t miss the opportunity! Payment can be made using your debit/credit card. Floating Market Events: Roving Canal Traders at Market Drayton. Image by Canal Photography View events as a calendar The default view below shows all events on the calendar. You can tailor your view by clicking on the ‘Show’ button below, where you can choose what you would like to see. Event List Image for Newbury Waterways Festival Newbury Waterways Festival Tweet Early doors I know, but on the weekend of 6/7 July 2024 the Newbury branch of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust will be holding the Newbury Waterways Festival at Victoria Park Newbury. Last year's was great, with fantastic weather, and we want to try and better it this year. If only I could do that with the weather!

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19 Jul - 21 Jul 2024
Gnosall Canal Festival : Shropshire Union Canal

Gnosall Canal Festival

The Gnosall Canal Festival (Gnosall C-Fest), will feature live music, historic boats, canal and land traders, good food and refreshments.

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20 Jul - 21 Jul 2024
Cosgrove Canal Festival : Buckingham Canal

Cosgrove Canal Festival

This will be held over the weekend of 20nd-21rd July 2024. Please contact events@buckinghamcanal.org.uk for details if you would like to have a trade boat or stall at the festival.

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27 Jul - 28 Jul 2024
Audlem Historic Boat Festival : Shropshire Union Canal

Audlem Historic Boat Festival

At the canal wharf you will see Saturn, a 1906 Shropshire Union Canal fly boat, which often worked from Audlem, carrying cheeses and other goods loaded from the canal warehouse (now the Shroppie Fly pub). Fly boats were timetabled to work round the clock, with horses regularly changed along the route, and crews less frequently!


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27 Jul 2024
Linslade Canal Festival : Grand Union Canal

Linslade Canal Festival

Get ready! Linslade Canal Festival returns to Tiddenfoot Waterside Park on Saturday, 27th July 2024! This one-day event is all about celebrating canal life, conservation, the countryside, and the charm of traditional rural crafts. Step into a world of craftsmanship with traditional craft demonstrators showcasing skills that will leave you in awe – from stick makers and skep builders to wood carvers, there’s something for everyone. Local charities passionate about the natural environment will be there to share knowledge and inspire. Wander along the tow-path and be captivated by the working, trade, and pleasure boats joining the festivities. Trade boats offer a chance to snag handmade treasures and canal-themed memorabilia, while historic working boats transport you back in time to the canal’s golden days.

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03 Aug - 04 Aug 2024
Fenny Stratford Canal Festival : Grand Union Canal

Fenny Stratford Canal Festival

IWA Milton Keynes Branch is proud to host its annual Fenny Stratford Canal Festival, Saturday 3rd August and Sunday 4th August, between 11 am and 5 pm.


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10 Aug - 11 Aug 2024
Wednesfield Canal Festival : Wednesfield Canal

Wednesfield Canal Festival

Saturday, August 10, from 08:00 to around Sunday, August 11, from 17:00 The annual Wednesfield Canal Festival will this year be held on the weekend of the 10 & 11 August 2024. Further details can be found on the Festival’s Facebook pages – Wednesfield Canal Festival

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15 Aug - 18 Aug 2024
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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17 Aug - 18 Aug 2024
Brownhills Canal Festival : Wyrley & Essington Canal

Brownhills Canal Festival - from 10:00 to around Sunday, August 18, from 16:00

The Brownhills Canal Festival is held annually on the third weekend of August. The event is organised by the Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust. The 2024 event is to be held on the 17th / 18th August..

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25 Aug 2024
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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07 Sep - 08 Sep 2024
Shardlow Inland Port Canal Festival : Trent & Mersey Canal

Shardlow Inland Port Canal Festival

A weekend of family fun and entertainment featuring a “Floating Market” and Historic Working Boats, market stalls, live music, fairground attractions, food and drink.

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13 Sep - 15 Sep 2024
Black Country Boating Festival : Dudley No.2 Canal

Bumble Hole Nature Reserve

The Black Country Boating Festival is a boat gathering and community festival held during September each year in the Bumble Hole Nature Reserve, Windmill End, Netherton, Dudley. With more than 200 boat, trade and charity stalls to browse, canal side entertainment, boaters’ competitions, a funfair, real ale bar, live music and regular boat trips along the Dudley No 2 canal, there is always something for everyone in the family. The festival is open to the public from 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday; admission to the site is free and there is ample onsite car parking available.

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21 Sep - 22 Sep 2024
Tipton Canal & Community Festival : Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN)

Tipton Canal & Community Festival

Saturday, September 21, from 08:00 to around Sunday, September 22, from 17:00

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05 Oct - 06 Oct 2024
Banbury Canal Day : Oxford Canal

Banbury Canal Festival

Banbury will be the place to visi... Dozens of colourful narrowboats will remind visitors that the waterway, which opened in 1778, was an important factor in Banbury’s growth, wealth and development.