Angel Canal Festival

We are sorry to announce that this year’s Angel Canal Festival has been cancelled due to the coronavirus. We want local people and communities to support their health and wellbeing through accessing the canal and towpaths, but everyone needs to follow government guidelines especially in relation to social distancing. There may be options for the month of September which may include interactive online activities, downloadable resources and some activities available for households to partake in.

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Time and date for Angel Canal Festival

Date: The festival usually takes place on the first Sunday of September.

Time: 11.00am to 5.00pm

Cost: Free entry

Location: Taking place around the City Road Lock, basin and towpath alongside the Regent's Canal, as well as local streets and park, in Islington,

The festival would usually feature:

  • Kayaking and pedalos, provided by Islington Boat Club
  • Boat trips
  • Children’s entertainments, crafts and theatre
  • Entertainment including live dance, music, theatre and comedy
  • Market stalls and a floating market
  • Food market offering a wide variety of street food stalls
  • Lots of local history celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Regent’s Canal

Stalls at the festival

Applications for stallholders will not open this year.

How it all started

Angel Day started in the 1980s by the late Crystal Hale as a fundraising event for the narrowboat 'Angel'. It used to give inner-city children boat rides and trips into the countryside. In 1986 with the help of event organiser Jim Lagdon, the Angel Canal Festival was born. 

Years before, Crystal had spearheaded a successful campaign to save the City Road Basin from being filled in and built on. With the help of family, friends, local people and councillors, Crystal started up two clubs on the City Road Basin; the Angel Community Canal Boat Trust (ACCT) and the Islington Boat Club (IBC). Today, the basin is still home to the two thriving clubs who use it extensively for the benefit of thousands of youngsters every year.

Recent years

The festival continued to take place every year on the first Sunday in September, and become a much-loved event with stalls, a children's fun-fair, live music, boat trips and a boat rally with free admission for all. In recent years the organising committee was led by Beryl Windsor and Sasha Kier, with the support of many local groups including: St Pancras Cruising Club, London Canal Museum, Friends of Islington Museum, Angel Community Canal Boat Trust, Islington Boat Club, as well as Canal & River Trust. The 2018 event was a milestone in the Festival’s history as the management group (after more than 30 years) handed the organising responsibilities over to us here at the Trust. 

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Last date edited: 17 June 2020