Planning an event

Following advice issued by Government to stay at home and away from others (23/3/20), we are contacting all third-party event organisers who have events planned on Trust land over the next three months. In response to the guidance the Canal & River Trust is issuing the following guidance:

  • Whilst our towpaths remain open at the moment, use of them should now be limited. If our canals and rivers are local to you, and you use the towpath for your daily exercise or journey to undertake essential travel, please now avoid any stretches with boats moored against the towpath, and strictly observe social distancing at all times.
  • 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 you with a licence. We will not be issuing any new event licences until further notice and will keep people updated of developments via our website. We will need to consider the latest advice from Government before we start to issue event licences again and will be regularly reviewing the situation.
  • Whilst we expect that the majority of event organisers will now be taking steps (if they have not already done so) to postpone, rearrange or cancel upcoming events, we ask all third-party organisers who have already been issued with an event licence and whose event is due to take place before 1 June 2020 that they let us know if they still plan to hold the event in light of the new Government staying at home and away from others guidance.
  • We will continue to accept/process event applications for events taking place after 1 June, but licences will not be issued until the Government’s guidance on social distancing changes. Licences will not be issued if our view is that holding the event will go against Government advice. Any new risk assessments will need to consider Coronavirus and mitigation measures. We would also strongly advise that you have a contingency/alternative date in place should the current situation not improve by the time your new event is due to take place.

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

If you have any queries please email and clearly mark in the email subject header the name, date and location of the event.