Celebrating Coventry UK City of Culture 2021

We're proud to be supporting the Coventry UK City of Culture 2021. To help celebrate, we’re creating some special events to give you the opportunity to get active and spend time on and along the Coventry Canal.

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Join us along the 5 1/2 mile stretch from the Coventry Canal Basin to Hawkesbury Junction for a whole host of events including canal festivals and floating markets or take part in our art projects or our canoeing and fishing experiences.

Events and keeping you safe

The dates and locations of the events along the canal are still to be confirmed. Some events will need to be booked, so book early to avoid missing out. 

To keep everyone Covid-safe and ensure we follow government advice on social distancing, we’re limiting the number of people who can attend our events and activities. 

Coventry Basin visitor moorings

To ensure everyone has the chance to experince the City of Culture events we've created a few extra visitor moorings in the Coventry Basin. These will need to be booked in advance. To book a space please visit our licensing pages or call us on 03030 404040. Available to book from 14 June, for stays from 21 June


Please note that the Drapers Field visitor moorings, starting immediately after Bridge 1, will not require booking. The boater facilities in the basin will also remain open to all visiting boaters. 

Coventry Canal

The Coventry Canal with its lush green towpaths reaching out from the city into the surrounding towns and villages, is a perfect place to begin your canal adventure.

Once the canal was a busy trade route with coal boats heading to and from the coalfields in Nuneaton and Bedworth. By the 1950s, when local collieries started to close, trade on the Coventry Canal began to decline and it was at risk of being closed forever. Thanks to volunteers the canal was saved.

Now, with help from local communities and businesses, we’re the charity looking after this relaxing stretch of water.

What is the UK City of Culture?

Every four years, cities compete for this title. On the strength of its city's diversity and opportunities Coventry will take on this baton from May 2021 to May 2022, delivering a year of events, music, theatre, and more, supporting local communities and creating a legacy that can live on for many years after.

Last date edited: 29 June 2021