Angel Canal Festival

For more than 30 years, the Angel Canal Festival has graced the Regent's Canal with more than 8,000 people attending.

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Time and date for Angel Canal Festival 2019

Date: Sunday 1 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 will feature:

  • Kayaking and pedalos, provided by Islington Boat Club
  • Boat trips
  • Children’s entertainment including Punch and Judy, crafts and theatre
  • Entertainment including live dance, music, theatre and comedy
  • A floating market
  • Food market offering a wide variety of street food stalls
  • An Islington Canal Heritage Exhibition

Hire a stall at the Angel Canal Festival

To hire a stall at the festival email  Enquiries.londonsoutheast@canalrivertrust.org.uk (it’s a big help if you use ‘Angel Festival 2019’ as the subject heading). We'll then be able to provide full information and an application form. Applications close on 26 July. Stalls are £50 for a single and £100 for a double. If you would like to apply for a space for your trade boat in our floating market, please contact gareth.george@canalrivertrust.org.uk. Spaces for our floating market are £25.

Please note: for the first time we'll have a specialist food market provider, Urban Food Fest, who will be hosting a street food market at the 2019 Festival. Unfortunately, this means that Canal & River Trust won’t be taking applications from catering stalls or floating traders, but you are welcome to contact Rosie at contact@urbanfoodfest.com to be considered for the street food market.

Thanks in advance for your interest, we can’t wait for the celebrations to begin.

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: 18 July 2019