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We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Read more about our Super Slow Way project, and find out how we are energising communities along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal through arts.
This major £2.5m arts programme is being shaped by artists and people of Pennine Lancashire. Led by Super Slow Way’s director, Laurie Peake, local, national and international artists and arts organisations are working with communities on commissions and residencies inspired by the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
Upcoming highlights will include O.K The Musical in April, a co-commission with Tate Liverpool, which brings Berlin-based artist Christopher Kline to Lancashire and Liverpool to work with community groups on a musical about his hometown Kinderhook, New York. In the summer, Super Slow Way will be bringing HOME47 to Lancashire as part of a co-commission with Manchester International Festival. The work by Sharmeen Obadi-Chinoy (double Oscar winning filmmaker) is a film installation responding to the 70th anniversary of the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan and the resulting mass migration. In the Autumn a new season, Fabrications, will explore the use of textiles in contemporary art and the vibrant history and future of the local textiles industry fed by the canal corridor through a series of commissions, residencies, workshops and a large symposium event.
As part of the Fabrications Festival, mixed media performance artist Harriet Riddell (who specialises in observational drawings) will be cycling along 22 miles of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, between Pendle and Blackburn from 1-6 September. Travel and freedom are key themes in Harriet’s work which are represented in the journey made to create the work, as well as the how the needle travels freely over her canvas. Harriet uses her bicycle as a generator and will ask people she meets to pedal to generate electricity for her sewing machine.
Pulling her sewing machine in a trailer behind her and inviting local people who use the canal to jump on the bicycle and pedal to create electricity and power the sewing machine. Harriet will then stitch portraits of the ‘pedallers’ and canal life and the landscape onto the back of cotton shirts. The canal’s history, peoples’ stories and Harriet’s journey will be weaved into each shirt using a continuous one line thread drawing. The art-works will be exhibited at the Fabrications Exchange on the 29th and 30th of September.
For more information about the Fabrications Festival, and upcoming events, exhibitions and projects, please visit Super Slow Way
Last date edited: 20 September 2017