Heritage Open Days 2021

Find out what we've got going on across our canal network for Heritage Open Days 2021.

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Heritage Open Days is an annual event that takes place across England in September to celebrate the country's history, culture and architecture.

Not to blow our own trumpet, but we feel that we’ve got a lot to shout about when it comes to heritage.

From our 200-year-old canal network to our listed and protected buildings, our waterways provide something for everyone.

Take a look at some of the free events happening across the Trust for 2021.

Shardlow Inland Port Festival - 11 & 12 September

Shardlow is an incredibly important waterway location with some of the best preserved examples of canal architecture. It is considered to be Britain's most complete surviving example of a canal village.

This first-ever festival boasts a floating market along the Trent & Mersey Canal, with boats selling anything from artwork to handmade jewellery. Canalside pubs will also be hosting live music, craft stalls and more. 

The festivities continue into the village itself, and include the display of a 1936 traditional working boat "Lancing" boat.

Find out more about the Shardlow Inland Port Festival.

Naburn Locks Heritage Tour - 12 September

This 30-minute, family friendly guided tour of Naburn Locks will explore the history of the site and show you the original blacksmith's forge & machine workshops.

Running at multiple times across the day, secure your tickets to explore Naburn Locks now.


Castle Wharf Guided Walk - 15 September

Enjoy a 45-minute guided walk along a small stretch of Nottingham’s canal on the evening on 15 September.

Find out about its creation and its demise, its iconic buildings and its bridges. Steeped in history, you'll learn about a dramatic explosion, a royal visit, a successful balloon flight and Nottingham's first woman magistrate.

Book your space now for the Castle Wharf Guided Walk.

Let's Explore The Heritage at Stainton & Hincaster - 17 September

Learn more about the history of the Lancaster Canal at Stainton and Hincaster on a 9km walk along our amazing towpaths. The walk is an easy grade with plenty of stops to look at the canal's stunning heritage infrastructure, including the newly-restored Stainton Aqueduct.

Places must be booked in advance for this Let's Explore event at Stainton & Hincaster.

A woman with a pram walks by Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum with the canal on the right Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum, one of Canal & River Trust's most popular visitor attractions

Naburn Locks Heritage family fun day - 25 September

Go on a time-travelling walk in the gorgeous surrounds of the River Ouse. This interactive experience offers children the exciting opportunity to participate in hands-on activities along the way in order to save the canal from the nefarious Future Planner!

Watch a blacksmith demonstration, discover a WWII bunker, or try your hand at canoeing. There's something for everyone at this family-friendly heritage event.

Check out the full itinerary of the Naburn Locks heritage family fun day and plan your visit now.

Stoke Bruerne Café and Museum - all month

We are excited to welcome you back to the newly reopened and refurbished café and museum at Stoke Bruerne.

Housed on two floors of an historic corn mill, the country’s first canal museum offers a fascinating insight into the rich waterway heritage of Stoke Bruerne and the Grand Union Canal and the people that lived and worked on them.

Plan your visit to Stoke Bruerne now.

Last date edited: 8 September 2021