Planning an event

The waterways are great places to hold an event. With over 2,000 miles of canals and navigable rivers across the England and Wales you’ll be spoilt for choice whatever you are planning.

Throughout the year hundreds of events take place - from sponsored walks to bike rides, canoe challenges to dragon boat racing, duck races to festivals - the waterways offer something for all event organisers.

All events, on the water or adjacent towpath, require the Canal & River Trust's agreement to take place and ideally a minimum of three months notice. This helps us ensure the event is planned safely, that it does not clash with other events or maintenance work and that the needs of our regular customers can be considered.

To apply for permission to hold your event, just follow the steps below.

All information should be provided electronically to the local waterway contact for the area in which the event is planned.

Each week we receive numerous requests to promote events along our waterways that are raising funds for other causes. While we applaud this, we're afraid that we can't promote them all for you. However if you're interested in raising money for the Canal & River Trust then get in touch and we'll give you all the help we can.