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.

If you are running an event on or near the waterways do let us know - simply contact


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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mna becomes volunteer ambassador for rnli

Merchant Navy Association (MNA) Boat Club become RNLI Ambassadors to promote the RNLI’s Respect the Water Campaign on the UK’s inland waterways. Their aim is to reduce the number of drownings around the coast and especially on our inland waterways.
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CRT Oscars of the waterways entries open for crt’s ‘oscars of the waterways’

The search is on for the best schemes, projects and initiatives that are helping to make life better by water. Now in our seventeenth year, our Living Waterways Awards celebrate the most exciting and inspiring waterway-based projects across the UK.
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otter otters spotted in the heart of birmingham

The largest-ever survey of the otter population in the West Midlands is being carried out by waterways and well-being charity Canal & River Trust, after sightings of the protected animals in the heart of Birmingham. The survey will establish where otters, once hunted to the brink of extinction, have been making a surprising come-back.
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badly moored boat CRT Canal & River Trust to tackle ‘improper’ mooring and make waterways safer

The Canal & River Trust is reaching out to boaters who have moored their boats in a way that could be dangerous or cause problems for other boaters or waterway users.

The charity regularly receives feedback from boaters about craft that are poorly moored, blocking facilities, or making it unsafe for boats to navigate.
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RCR boat & engine maintenance and electrics courses 2020

RCR onsite courses to end
River Canal Rescue has announced it will no longer be running its boat engine & maintenance and electrics courses after January. To find out more phone 01785 785680 or email 

Bridgewater Canal rhs garden bridgewater

This 156 acre garden on the site and grounds of Worsley New Hall, has been described as the biggest gardening project in Europe. Its border lies alongside the Bridgewater Canal between Boothstown and Worsley…
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RCR calls for boaters to stop polluting the waterways

River Canal Rescue (RCR) is urging boat owners to take action to stop accidentally spilling over 120,000* litres of fuel and oil into the inland waterway system every year, contaminating 120 billion** litres of water – the equivalent of the entire UK daily water supply or 48,000 Olympic size swimming pools.
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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.