Become a Friend

We're the charity building a community of Friends to make sure life is always better by water.

One of the most effective ways to support our work to bring wellbeing opportunities to millions of people is to join our growing community of Friends. Our Friends make a monthly donation, which goes directly towards essential maintenance and care for the canals and rivers we look after.

To show how much we appreciate our Friends, we’ve tailored a bespoke package of benefits including 10% off boating holidays, a magazine packed with waterway inspiration twice a year and free or discounted access to our museums and attractions.

"I like being a Friend of the Canal & River Trust - it helps bring the magic of the waterways to life for me.” Alex Matthews, Friend of the Trust

Our Friends get benefits

Joining as a Friend of the Trust means you’re helping us to deliver important projects across our historic waterways. 

Thousands of people already call themselves Friends of the Canal & River Trust – join them and you will receive:

  • Free entry to our attractions and museums
  • Discounts on boating and cottage holidays
  • Waterfront magazine twice a year, packed with features,illustrations and interviews to bring your waterways to life
  • A bespoke Canal & River Trust edition of 'CoolCanals' Walks book
  • Regular emails and podcasts immersing you in the world of the waterways and the wildlife that call them home
  • Exclusive Friends booklet
  • Canal & River Trust window sticker and pin badge


Already a Friend?

Find out how to get in touch and more about the benefits available to you.

Visit our Friend's area