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Days out while the sun’s out

There’s no better place to be than by the water this August and September. With a host of events still planned nationwide, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy time on our canals and rivers. Here are all the ideas and inspiration you need.

People enjoying themselves at Olympic Park, London.

We know a simple walk by the water is by far the most popular activity on our canals, but it's so much more rewarding when you have a guide to point out the nature, heritage sites or canal engineering details you might otherwise miss. With gentle walking tours around Olympic Park, and the Grand Union in Milton Keynes still available, why not join us and meet like-minded people along the way?

Every September, we put on a wide range of Heritage Open Days, throwing open the doors of special places like Brentford Toll House which might not otherwise be open to viewings. In the meantime, our museums and attractions are open to all, including special Canal Town days at Ellesmere Port; and there's a host of popular places to visit such as Foxton Locks, Pontycysyllte Aqueduct or Caen Hill.

A small group of people take a walk by the canal

If you're looking for somewhere to take the family, our canal festivals in Leeds, Sheffield, and Angel, Islington are always popular. There's also quite a party planned at our longest and deepest tunnel at Standedge this September, as we host a barbeque, with boat trips, music and plenty of fun and games to enjoy. We're also proud to be supporting Pride in Birmingham and Manchester this summer.

If you're looking for something a little more strenuous we'll provide support and motivation if you'd like to run the London Marathon in support of our charity, or even take on the 60km Warwickshire Bear Ultra Marathon.

Man running by the canal with a bridge and narrowboat in the background

If a gentle paddle by canoe, paddleboard or kayak is more your thing why not join us at Stoke, or Saxilby to experience a more peaceful way to enjoy our waterways? And there's plenty of free Let's Fish! events coming up too, if all you need is a rod and reel to make you happy.

So what are you waiting for? Keep checking out our events pages to find some fun in the sun by a canal or river near you this summer.

Last Edited: 05 August 2022

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