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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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Wondering what festival you should go to this year? Well, look no further...than your local canal or river. Swap your £200 weekender ticket for a party with your local community enjoying talented musicians, hearty local food, drink and the wonderful sights and sounds of our waterways.
Summer is here (finally) and this year we have more festivals on our waterways than ever before. We have a few crackers that we want to share with you.
RiverFest on River Lea - 29 May
This alternative festival offers an array of musical talent, cycle rides, food and drink for those who wish to unite with their community and help make the River Lea an even more beautiful riverside haven.
International Mersey River Festival - 3-5 June
Not one, or two but three days of Liverpool's finest waterfront entertainment. Joining the party will be 60 narrowboats, four tall ships, a canoe polo tournament, jet skiing demonstrations, flyboarding and the list goes on. Something for the whole family to enjoy.
Leicester Riverside Festival - 4-5 June
This popular annual event offers boat trips, live music, food from around the world and exciting activities to keep the kids entertained. Spread across the Bede Park, Mile Straight, Western Boulevard and Castle Gardens, there is plenty to keep you busy. Of course you can always just find a nice spot and chill there for the day!
Foxton Locks Festival - 18-19 June
Calling all dog-owners. Foxton Locks is hosting its very own dog show. There will also be a fun fair for the kids (and the adults that can't resist), displays through the weekend in the arena, a craft fair and music celebrating popular local bands.
Leeds Waterfront Festival - 25 - 26 June
Back for the 9th year - this weekend is jammed-packed full of music and entertainment filling Leeds waterfront with a buzzing atmosphere.
Mellor Mill Festival - 24 July
Definitely sitting in the 'alternative' section for festivals, this wonderful day out is for those who enjoy archaeology. This hands-on event will having you digging and exploring in the historical setting at Mellor Mill in Stockport.
Brighouse Canal Festival - 20-21 August
If canal boat rides, live music, a street market with over 70 stalls of locally produced food is your thing, then this festival is for you. Get yourself to Brighouse on the Calder & Hebble for train rides, vintage vehicles and a fun fair.
Stoke Bruerne Village At War - 10-11 September
For a trip back in time to the forties, this tribute event at Stoke Bruerne dominates the village for the weekend. With live music, dancing, 40s fashion parades and military vehicles - it's a great excuse to dress up and join in.
Check our calendar for all events happening this summer.
Last date edited: 27 May 2016