Planning an event

We are continuing to follow Government advice issued in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Following the Announcement by the Prime Minster Yesterday (4/1/2021) concerning the new lockdown, we are contacting all third-party event organisers who have events planned on Trust land over the next couple of months (January and February 2021). In response the Canal & River Trust is taking the following immediate actions:

  • We are keeping our 2,000 mile network of canals and rivers open, ensuring people have a place on their doorstep to recharge and relax. However, following the lockdown announcement by the Prime Minister and the previous announcement by the Welsh Government we have made the decision to suspend all Trust-organised public events as from 5 January till 22 February. We will continue to follow the latest UK and Welsh Government advice and will post updates if the advice changes.  
  • As a third-party event organiser, if you have submitted an application to hold an event on Trust land, and have not yet received a licence from us, we will not be issuing any new event licences until it is safe to do so. This will be based on UK and Welsh Governments advice and we will keep event organisers updated of any changes via our website. It is important to note that applications for events taking place after 22 February will still be processed but no licences issued in line with the above information.
  • We ask all third-party organisers who have already been issued with an event licence and whose event is due to take place before 22 February 2021 that they let us know if they still plan to hold the event in light of the new guidance issued by Public Health England/Wales particularly around mass gatherings and social distancing.

We understand these are difficult times and will be happy to talk through your event(s) and discuss alternative plans.

Please do not reply to this email but direct all queries to and clearly mark in the email subject header the name, date and location of the event. Please also feel free to call 01788 890789 or 07538 917079 if you would like to talk things through or are unsure of anything.