Canal and Waterway Events


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Canal Events & Rallies are a great way to get the whole family together and enjoy a day out. From music festivals to beer and food events, UK Wide waterside events have something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for an afternoon of entertainment or a full weekend of family fun, Canal Events & Rallies provide the perfect setting for a memorable experience. With activities ranging from live music, entertainment and food stalls, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!


Please remember, events are subject to change so you are advised to check details with the event organisers to avoid disappointment – especially before travelling a long way!


If you or your organisation has canal event news or other canal information you’d like to share, please click here to go to our ‘Add an Event’ form.You can also email News Releases to us at services@canaljunction.com.


24 Jun 2023 – 25 Jun 2023

Rally & Canal Festival

Braunston Marina

Location: Braunston, Nr Daventry, Northants.


Get ready to experience the best of what the Braunston Marina Rally & Canal Festival has to offer this June 24-25! From steam narrowboats, exhibitors and fun music performances to delicious food and a bar, there is something for everyone at this festival. Pete Waterman will open the festival, while local societies will be showcasing their work.

More Information:
Website: https://braunstonmarina.co.uk/
Email: sales@braunstonmarina.co.uk

24 Jun 2023 – 25 Jun 2023

Chesterfield Canal Festival

Chesterfield Canal

Location: Staveley Town Basin, S43 3XZ

Chesterfield Canal Festival Details:

All four of the Trust’s tripboats will be in action; two of them have wheelchair lifts. Pleasley Vale Canoe & Activity Club will be running Canoeing. Children will be able to have a go on a mini-digger.

Free entertainment will include music, dance and street theatre all day, both in the big marquee and outside by the lock.

The Trust’s Development Manager will be holding Q&A sessions in the marquee about the plans for the restoration of the canal.

In addition, there will be Birds of Prey, Children’s rides, Water Walking Balls, Bumper Boats, Spinning Bumper Carz, Newfoundland Rescue Dogs, Wildlife groups, Face painting, Craft stalls, Charity stalls, lots of Food stalls and a Real Ale bar.

There will be separate concerts on the Friday and Saturday nights, starting at 7.30 p.m. Friday will see the return of the ever-popular Swing Commanders, whilst Saturday will feature Chesterfield’s own WonderWhys. Tickets for both concerts are available from the Chesterfield Canal Trust website. There will be onsite parking, food stalls and a Real Ale bar.

On Monday 26th June, there will be a flotilla of all four tripboats from Staveley Basin right up the canal to Tapton and back, with stops at Hollingwood Hub and Tapton Lock, covering 10 miles and 12 locks.

On Tuesday 27th June, there will be a What, Where and When Restoration Walk to show how the canal’s route looks at present before the major restoration works start next year.

More Information:
Email: festival@chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk
Phone: 01246 477569

26 Aug 2023 – 28 Aug 2023

IWA Festival of Water 2023

Pelsall Junction, near Walsall

Location: Walsall


The IWA Festival of Water 2023 is a weekend-long celebration of water and all the wonderful things it has to offer. From boat camping, trading and music to dancing, bank holidays and more, this festival is sure to be a memorable experience for everyone involved. With a variety of activities, traders and entertainment on offer throughout the weekend, there’s something for everyone at this year’s IWA Festival of Water. So come join us for this amazing celebration of water and all its wonders!

More Information:
Website: https://waterways.org.uk/support/ways-to-get-involved/events/iwa-festival-of-water-2023

9 Sep 2023

Ripon Canal 250th Anniversary,


Location: Canal Wharf, Ripon


We have the IWA, CRT, RSPB and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust attending, with Theatre performance and daytime performance from Canal Based duo Rose & Castle. We have confirmed as guest of honour Sammuel West.
The Canal has ample mooring for lots of visiting boats, we want to make this event a family friendly, educational day and ensure the Canals longevity for another 250 years!

More Information:
Name: Vicky
Phone: 01765 609777

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