News & Events

Find out what's happening on the inland waterways. From interesting or relevant snippets of news, to all the organised events which take place throughout the year. Find out about festivals, boat rallies, historic boat gatherings, floating markets and Canal Open Days. A regularly updated guide.

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waternav rcr rcr asks boaters to trial WaterNav

River Canal Rescue has redesigned and re-launched its WaterNav app, making it freely available to all. The rescue service believes everyone should have access to the app – which allows navigation without wifi or data connection – as it improves safety and shares key information.  And in order to assist in its development, RCR is calling for all boaters to download and trial the app and give feedback.
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Tony Scott & Elliot Bromfield magnet fisher finds live grenade in Kennet & Avon Canal

A magnet fisher who caught a grenade in the Kennet and Avon Canal was given the kit he used as a Christmas present. Friends Tony Scott and Elliot Bromfield were using the equipment – which is similar to metal detecting but in water – when they pulled up the object. Elliot, who is ex-army, said he knew it was a World War Two hand grenade and they called the police immediately.
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Paul Buga Hunger Strike CRT returns unlawfully seized boat after threat of legal action

Canal & River Trust (CRT) was forced to return an unlawfully seized boat following the threat of legal action by its live-aboard owner. The charity had seized the boat, which actually had a valid licence at the time, on 6th August 2020 without obtaining a Court Order, which is unlawful if a boat is used as a home.
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crt bridge works east midland waterways to get £4m makeover

The Canal & River Trust is investing £4 million on a four-month programme of repairs on the  historic waterways of the East Midlands. They will be replacing lock gates, dredging sections of canal and carrying out a host of other tasks to keep the 200-year old network working.
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water splash rcr curious case of sticky fuel causing engine breakdowns

River Canal Rescue reports there’s been an uncharacteristic peak in fuel-related component breakdowns not linked to diesel bug. It cites two identical jobs where fuel injectors were diagnosed as needing an overhaul, yet their replacements stopped working within a week, and injection pumps were found to have failed even though the diesel was clear and bright.
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frosty towpath CRT’s top ten hits to be water safe this winter

Canal & River Trust is calling on people to enjoy being by water safely this winter and has published ten seasonal tips on how to take extra care on the towpaths. Wintery canal scenes have an enchanting, picture-perfect appeal. However, the reduced daylight and wet and even slippery conditions typical of this time of year can conceal hidden dangers.
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carbon monoxide be alarmed boat safety scheme urge boaters to follow safety advice

Following the deaths of two friends from carbon monoxide (CO)  poisoning in a boat called Diversion in York in December 2019, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published a safety flyer with the lessons learnt from its initial findings and the Boat Safety Scheme is urging boaters to read it and adopt the safety advice immediately.
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residential moorings - photo by canalsonline boat licence terms and conditions deadline

The Canal & River Trust (CRT) consultation on changes to the Boat Licence Terms and Conditions ends on Sunday 20th December 2020. The NBTA believes that CRT’s proposals for changes to the Boat Licence Terms and Conditions are unreasonable and unlawful.
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norfolk & suffolk boating association norfolk & suffolk boating association promote ‘waterwatch’

The Norfolk & Suffolk Boating Association (NSBA) have joined forces with the Merchant Navy Association Boat Club to promote the MN Boat Club’s new WaterWatch safety & surveillance scheme in East Anglia
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crt publish boaters report canal river trust publishes boater report 2020

The Canal & River Trust publishes its Boater Report 2020 for its 34,500 leisure licence holders.  The Report sets out how the Trust generates its income, including the contribution from boaters, and how that money is invested in the network.
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Because of Coronavirus many of these events may be cancelled. Please check with organisers. RCTA events for March April & May will be rescheduled for later in year.