Roving Canal Traders Association

roving canal traders

The Roving Canal Traders Association is the collective voice of roving canal traders. It aims to give advice to old, new & would-be traders, and holds frequent events giving increased opportunities to all floating traders.

A different floating trader - every one a 'character of the cut' - will be presented in each edition of this magazine.

For more information on the RCTA, or to join, please see Website

Josie Moons Floating Bazaar

featured roving canal trader

Kate Louise Evans - Josie Moons Floating Bazaar

Hi there,

My name is Kate and I am a puppeteer and artist. I have always enjoyed art and crafts and from an early age I was forever making dolls and puppets.

Eventually I was able to study Fine Art in Birmingham University, where I specialised in Sculpture.

After raising my four children,  I became an art tutor teaching various sections of the community, from the disabled and elderly, to art workshops for children.

When my  children grew up and left home, I took the plunge, sold my house and most of my belongings and bought a boat. This opened up a variety of opportunities for me. I love travelling and moving around and now I perform puppet shows from my side hatch.

I design and make all my puppets myself  and use them to create and perform shows. I take old tales and new tales, using puppets as a form of storytelling. Most of my stories have an ecological connection teaching children about nature and the preservation of the canals and countryside. They are mainly aimed at 3 to 8 year olds, but anyone up to 99 years would appreciate the shows.


I also make customised puppets and dolls to your specifications.  Witches, wizards, elves, fairies and all sorts of magical characters are lovingly made on my narrowboat Josie. These are all on sale online.

I am an artist and tarot reader. I also make and install dreadlocks. My paintings are mostly goddess and mermaid inspired.. magical, spiritual and colourful.

My next puppet show will be at Shardlow Inland port festival on 11th-12th September 2021. I will be selling my creations, including my fantasy paintings and Spirit Healing Dolls.  I will also be doing Tarot Readings for anyone that would like one.

Thank you for reading

Kate Louise Evans - Josie Moons Floating BazaarKate Louise Evans has been a liveaboard boater since her children were old enough to leave home. She specialises in the creation of stunning puppets of her own design. When she is not creating, she is busy entertaining children and adults alike from her narrowboat Josie.

You can follow Kate on Facebook to see where she is performing or trading, and or you can buy from her online.
You can also contact her by email

previously featured traders

Brian Greaves - floating blacksmith      Lorraine Stevenson - the mad hatter


Lesley & Rob Pearson     Shiam Wilcox - Fern Floating Fine Art

Sam Keay - gangplank gins     Fiona Lewis - Fi's Fabulous Floating Emporium

Peri Pigott the narrowboat weaver


buy online from a roving trader

  • GillyFlower - the Narrowboat Weaver (Peri)
    Individual and unique handwoven textiles made from a mixture of re-claimed and new wools. 
    To buy online visit Peri's Facebook
  • Floating Dolly Lady (Joanne & Steve)
    floating dolly lady
    Amazing range of metal birds as well as Russian Dolls.
    Buy online by going to Facebook
  • Bird Box & Jenny Wren (Andrea)
    Host of loving handmade items such as knitwear alongside other gifts such as Bags, Scarves, Rugs, Hats, Jewellery and handmade wooden items.
    For mail order go to Facebook
  • Canal Art by Julie
    Canal Art by JulieHand painted canal ware and items of canalia such as tea towels, model boats etc.
    Please visit website
  • Stitch on the Water (Colin & Gillian)
    Making a variety of embroidered gifts including cushions for children and adults, Bags, hand tied keyrings, embroidered earrings, cot quilts etc.
    Please see Facebook
  • Last Night in Limehouse (Zoe)
    Hand painted leather dog collars byZoe Marsden
    Individually hand painted luxury dog collars (predominantly for sight-hounds)
    Please visit Etsy shop
  • Paw Prints Afloat (Doggie Boat & Tim Clarke Photography)
    All manner of doggie essentials: leads, collars, bandannas, portable water bottles & collapsible bowls, plus toys & healthy treats.
  • Visit Website to buy online
  • Gangplank (Sam)
    Cafe/bar. Creator & seller of foraged fruit spirits (Gangplank Gins) cordials and preserves.
    Visit Website
  • Julie Weir Art
    Wildlife Artist who paints with Watercolours & Acrylic inks. Also Online Watercolour School.
    Visit Website
  • Fern Floating Fine Art (Shiam Wilcox)
    Fern floating art
    Flora & Fauna Artist, prints framed or unframed, greetings cards.
    Browse & buy online 
  • Dazzle Paws (Sheena Orton)
    Hand made dog collar by Dazzle Paws
    Dog collars, bandanas and accessories, all lovingly hand made.
    Browse and buy online