Planning an event

We are continuing to follow UK Government advice around events and activities taking place on our property.

In line with the recent UK government Coronavirus Response (Spring 2021) announcement and roadmap we have outlined our plans and timeframes below. As the government has made clear these dates are subject to change and the Trust will review and update the guidance below in line with any new advice issued.  

It is important to note that currently there is no specific guidance given by the government for our type of attraction. Therefore, the Trust, when assessing whether an event can or cannot take place within the timeframes outlined below will use their own knowledge and experience of the towpath/navigation, in addition to the government advice.

If you are planning on submitting an event application for an event planned before 19 July 2021 on Trust property, we would strongly advise that you have a contingency date in place later in the year in case government/local advice changes. We are very aware that the next few months will be challenging for event organisers and we would be happy to talk through any event applications before you submit them. Please call 01788 890789 or 07538 917079 if you would like to talk things through or email events@canalrivertrust.org.uk and clearly mark in the email subject header the name, date, and location of the event.

Step 1 (of the government’s latest roadmap) March 8 to April 12 April 2021

8 March to 29 March

In line with government advice around people travelling in or outside their areas and mixing with other households the Trust will be discouraging event applications during this period. Any events that are deemed suitable by the Trust to take place will also need consent from the local authority and Police in that area before a licence is issued.

29 March to 12 April

During this period, we will consider small participation sporting activities (running, cycling, walking, paddling etc.) but no festivals or attended events. Applications will be looked at on a case-by-case basis. When considering the application, the Trust will need you to have considered advice from the sport’s governing body, where participants will be travelling from (there is still a stay at home & minimal travel advisory within step 1 & 2), the suitability of towpath/navigation in terms of social distancing with regular towpath users/moored boats, participant numbers and what Covid-19 measures/controls you have in place as part of your risk assessment. In addition, the Trust will also need confirmation that you have engaged with the local authority and Police and that they are happy for the activity to proceed.

The section containing this set of guidance can be found in section 102 on page 30 of COVID-19 Response (Spring 2021)

Step 2 (of the government’s latest roadmap) 12 April to 17 May 2021

Event applications will be looked at on the same basis as above, but the Trust will also consider applications for government pilot events.

Step 3. 17 May to (now extended to 19 July)

Between the above dates we will consider all applications for participation and some larger events on our waterways (case by case).

Applications will be looked at on a case-by-case basis. When considering your application, the Trust will need you to have considered advice from the sport’s governing body, suitability of towpath and navigation in terms of social distancing with regular towpath users/moored boats, participant numbers and what Covid-19 measures/controls you have in place as part of your risk assessment. In addition, the Trust will also need confirmation that you have engaged with the local authority and Police and that they are happy for the event to proceed.

The section containing this set of guidance can be found in section 120 & 124 on page 36 & 37 of COVID-19 Response (Spring 2021)

Step 4. (now on 19 July)

From this date we will consider all event applications. It is important to note though that all events will need to consider any government or local authority guidance that may be in place at the time.

The section containing this set of guidance can be found in section 127b on page 39 of COVID-19 Response (Spring 2021)

Welsh Guidelines, further guidance will be issued after the 15 July.

The Welsh Government will be making an announcement on Thursday 15 July 2021 and is expected to outline when they will ease their covid restrictions in line with England and what this looks like. Once this is available and we have had time to review, we will update the website.