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East London Waterways Festival

Join us for the East London Waterways Festival, set in the heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this summer!

Event details

28th August 2017

12:00pm - 6:00pm

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


Queen Elizabeth Park

London E20 2ST


Activities will include a boat flotilla, dragon boat racing, canoeing taster sessions, stand up paddle boarding, boat trips, guided walks, performances, pedalos, live music and dance, activities for children and all for free! We’ll also have a great food and drinks offer from local suppliers. From 7.45pm we’ll have an evening screening of ‘How we used to Live’ with an introduction from the writer himself.

This festival is being delivered by Canal & River Trust in partnership with London Legacy Development Corporation and with support from Heritage Lottery Funding and Inland Waterway Association.

Most events are free, come along and try on the day. Some however do need to be pre-booked. For more information see below: 

South Park: Land Based

  • Performance stages 
  • Activity Zone

'How we used to live' Nomad Cinema Screening
Come along and watch a unique celebration of post-war London by director Paul Kelly using rare colour footage from the BFI National Archive. Pre-booked (arrive 7.45pm) £5.50 inc. booking fee.
Book tickets here: Nomad Cinema

North Park: Unpowered Craft 

Booking Essential 
- Rowing - Book your rowing sessions here: Rowing taster session 
- Stand Up Paddle Boarding 

Have a go on the day
- Canoeing 
- Dragon Boats

North and South 

  • Heritage Walks (free and no need to pre book) - 12:00, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00  
  • Land Train - Tickets from information point
  • Free Boat Trips - book your free trip here  
  • Boat Flotilla 


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Lee and Stort Boat Trip, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park