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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RNLI beach safety campaign RNLI campaign for beach safety

The RNLI and HM Coastguard are calling for people to take particular care this summer, when as a result of Covid 19 there are significantly fewer RNLI Lifeguard teams in operation on the beaches. Advice is given, plus details of how to get help if you or your family or friends get into difficulty.
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RNLI logo covid 19 advice for boaters

rnli advice to boaters before putting to sea after such a long period of inactivity:
1. Take extra care to access their craft safely and in accordance with government guidance on travel and social distancing
2. Carry out a check to ensure that their craft has remained seaworthy and mechanically sound
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mna boat club to launch ‘waterwatch’ with rnli

Given the involvement the MNA Boat Club now has with the RNLI in respect of promoting the Respect the Water campaign on inland waterways, the Boat Club is now in the process of launching its  “MNA WaterWatch” scheme whereby MNA Boat Club members will undertake the same “Spot, Plot and Report” activities in respect of the UK’s inland waterways, including rivers, canals, lakes and the Broads.
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ornamental bridge damage on grand union listed canal bridge damaged by motorist

Listed canal bridge is damaged by motorist. Canal & River Trust is calling for motorists to slow down when crossing historic canal bridges after a driver caused major damage to one of the most ornate bridges on the waterways network. Bridge 65 on the Grand Union Canal, known as Ornamental Bridge, was hit by a driver over the weekend causing extensive damage to one of the parapets, or walls.
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waterways business IWA call for more government help for waterways businesses

The Inland Waterways Association (IWA), on behalf of waterways businesses, welcomed Monday’s news from Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, that a new Bounce Back Loan scheme is being launched by the Government to help small businesses access loans of up to £50,000. This news goes some way to assisting the 2,000 or so waterways businesses that would otherwise be unlikely to survive the current lockdown. However, these measures do not go far enough and IWA is calling for additional financial assistance for the waterways.
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tower works development on leeds & liverpool canal

Design work is currently underway to improve the section of the Leeds & Liverpool canal towpath adjacent to the Tower Works site in the heart of Leeds and a start on site will be made as soon as the current restrictions allow.
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RCR midi bilgeaway filter rcr launches new midi bilgeaway filter

River Canal Rescue (RCR) has extended its range of Bilgeaway filters with the addition of a new smaller midi filter, suitable for boat owners who have little or no bilge pollution, but want peace of mind they will not pollute the waterways if anything does happen.
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lock arm crt ask leisure boaters to stop all non-essential travel

Following the announcement from the Prime Minister regarding the UK’s response to the coronavirus crisis, we are asking leisure boaters to stop all non-essential travel. As a result, and to help those who live-aboard (along with those who would need to travel to their boat in order to move it) we are suspending the requirement to move every 14 days.
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roving trader call for urgent support for waterways businesses

CRT, British Marine & Broads Authority send joint letter of correspondence to the Rt Hon George Eustice MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The letter calls for urgent support for waterways businesses. The unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic presents them with a unique challenge that puts their futures at risk.
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RCR rescue narrowboat river soar rcr rescues narrowboat on river soar

River Canal Rescue will be raising the capsized narrowboat at Barrow, on the River Soar, on Wednesday 25 March. Torrential rain and surging water caused the boat to break its moorings, sending it down river to bridge 30 where it became wedged.
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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.