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Hayes Canal Festival 2023 is on thanks to sponsorship deal

A Sunday of fun on the canal is coming to Hayes Town again this spring with the annual Hayes Canal Festival confirmed for Sunday, 28th May.

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The festival

The festival has been made possible this year only through generous financial support from major local employers Colt Data Centre Services and ISG Ltd.

There will be activities for people of all ages, including boat trips, canoeing, paddleboarding, food and stalls.

The festival aims to raise awareness of the canal and encourage more people to use and enjoy it in a variety of different ways – from walking to cycling, boating to fishing, watching wildlife to running or just simply relaxing and escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Securing the future of the event

Ros Daniels, our director for London & South East said: “In a challenging period for all charities, and with Canal & River Trust's government grant frozen while costs are rocketing, I'm delighted that Colt Data Centre Services and ISG Ltd have stepped forward to help secure the future of this brilliant event.

“Research shows just how much people and communities thrive when they spend time near their local waterways. Every year at Hayes Canal Festival it's a delight to see people who haven't used the canal on their doorstep before enjoy activities on and beside the water.

“Canal & River Trust volunteers bring 2,000 miles of waterways across the country to life and Hayes Canal Festival is no exception. But we will also be looking to recruit event volunteers for Hayes – a one-off opportunity which is particularly suited to people who can't normally commit time to a regular volunteering role.”

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A word from our sponsors

Matthew Grant from Colt DCS said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring Canal & River Trust and Hayes Canal Festival this year. It is important for us to be a part of the Hayes community.”

Arron Easter from ISG Ltd added: “Supporting this free, one-day community festival encourages and enables local people to use and enjoy their canal in a variety of ways, including boat trips, fishing, and canoeing.”

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Last Edited: 10 May 2023

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