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If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
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Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
If you like to go to the theatre, whether it’s to see a musical or a play, you don’t always have to go travelling to the nearest big town and pay lots of money for tickets.
There’s been a quiet revolution of arts happening on our waterways as their use for leisure has increased. The marvellous Mikron Theatre are the only long established waterways touring company, but the number of new arts events on or by the water have increased dramatically since British Waterways became the Canal & River Trust. Us boaters have never been so spoilt for choice if we want to enjoy a bit of culture whilst out cruising.
From the Floating Cinema to poetry, sculpture, musicals, plays, contemporary art of all sorts there’s something to suit every taste across the network this summer.
I’ve just enjoyed two wonderful evenings watching Mikron’s latest productions about the Royal National Lifeboat Institute and the Youth Hostel Association. Both performances took place at canal-side pubs making a perfect night out in my book. Later in the summer I’m looking forward to seeing Alarum Theatre’s double bill of plays on their Idle Woman tour.
If you’re up in Yorkshire or North Lincolnshire the Floating Cinema is touring in July and early August. Also up north you’ll find the Changing Places exhibition and Super Slow Way events on the Leeds & Liverpool canal. If you’re planning on doing the Stourport ring or the mid-Worcester cruising ring you can take some of the events on “The Ring”.
If you’re anywhere near the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port look out for Still / Sway, an art exhibition by boater Jim Cooke. And if poetry is more your thing why not check out the work of our current Canal Poet Laureat Luke Kennard when you’ve moored up for the evening and reflect on what a wonderful network for leisure and living has emerged from the waterways’ industrial past.
To help you plan your cruising and entertainment visit our website
Mikron Theatre's narrowboat Tyseley
Arts on the waterways
Come and see our range of art events coming up over the summer months.
Find out what the Canal & River Trust's boating team have been up to.