We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Open day volunteers

Every year we hold a number of free winter open days, where members of the public get a chance to look behind the scenes and see what it takes to keep our rivers and canals working. Our volunteers make these open days go with a swing.

Winter works have long been part of the calendar for our canals and rivers. It makes sense to carry out the big maintenance and repair jobs during a time when boating activity is traditionally low. For the last couple of years we’ve been inviting the public along to come and see what we get up to – and these winter open days have been a big success.

What happens?

Our winter open days allow people to see inside a drained canal, to walk through empty lock chambers and get a new perspective on these feats of engineering. Volunteers help out in a number of ways. They help set up on the day, they provide a friendly face, a source of information and a helping hand where necessary.

Do you have the knowledge or, more importantly, the enthusiasm to volunteer at our winter open days? In return you’ll get to meet new people, have fun and help hundreds of visitors to have an enjoyable day out at one of our much-loved canals or rivers. You might even get a cup of tea and a bacon sandwich!

Last date edited: 23 October 2015