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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
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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.
The Ring, a new arts programme for the waterways of Worcestershire, proudly launched 'Opening the Floodgates' on Friday 23 June 2017. They invited any interested artists to attend a special riverside launch event led by Artistic Director, Cathy Mager, at Diglis House Hotel.
'Opening the Flood Gates' is a new commissioning opportunity open to all artists living or working in the West Midlands. Individual artists or artist collectives are invited to submit proposals to re-purpose and recycle flood waste that has been collected from canals and rivers in the Worcestershire area to make a public artwork.
The Ring wants to see ideas that explore aspects of the biodiversity and wildlife of the area and visualise the future of the waterways of Worcestershire. The budget for the commission is £10,000 inclusive of artist fees and production/installation costs.
The launch features special guest speakers Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford and Faheem Majeed of the Floating Museum project in Chicago, USA. There will also be a chance to meet our experts during a short guided walk to Diglis Island to view the stockpiled flood materials that will be made available to the selected artists. Networking with local artists and arts organisations followed the event.
Applications were encouraged from artists at all stages in their careers.
The project is about finding original, exciting and site specific ideas constructed from flood waste that will draw in visitors near and far to discover and explore the waterways of Worcestershire.
Applications are currently closed but follow The Ring's updates on Facebook or sign up for e-news.
Arts on the Waterway
Come and find out more about the Ring, and our other arts projects by visiting our Arts on the Waterway pages
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
15 March 2018
Artists launch ambitious cultural programme in Worcester
12 March 2018
Fradley event gives fascinating insight into our feathered friends