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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storm damaged Stainton Aqueduct on the Lancaster Canal stainton aqueduct restoration marked with virtual tour launch

The restoration of Stainton Aqueduct following severe storm damage, has now been completed. Canal & River Trust charity are marking the occasion with the launch of an exciting virtual tour along the disused Northern Reaches of the Lancaster Canal.
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narrowboats & wide-beams on Gloucester & Sharpness canal crt boat licence fees announced for 2021 – 2022

The Canal & River Trust announces that private and business boat licence fees will rise by 2% from 1 April 2021. From April 2021 the Trust will continue the phased introduction of additional pricing bands for boat widths over 2.16m (7ft 1”). These will be subject to a further 5% rise.
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moored boats CRT seeks boaters’ views on licence t&cs

The Canal & River Trust is asking boat licence holders for their views on licence terms & conditions. They are being encouraged to complete an online survey which highlights the changes between the proposed and existing terms and invites feedback on the changes. The consultation gets underway on 28 September and will run for twelve weeks.
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Ian McMillan, BBC Radio presenter crt new writing competition attracts hundreds of entries

Ian McMillan, presenter of BBC Radio Three’s popular word cabaret, ‘The Verb’ selects three winners from the hundreds of wordsmiths who responded to a call from the Canal & River Trust to enter a new summer ‘Words on the Waterway’ writing competition.
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rescue of river avon stranded boats

Following the failure of the Twerton sluice gates on the river Avon on Tuesday evening (15 Sept), River Canal Rescue has performed a logistical miracle,  to recover 47 boats. Three boats, moored near steep banks between two weirs, have sunk and six are at risk of sinking. The remainder are stranded due to parts of the river completely drying up.
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sunken boat at Bath by Paul Gillis boats stranded on canal bed at twerton, bath

Boats on the Kennet and Avon Canal were left stranded on the canal bed at Twerton, Bath when the water was mistakenly drained. Some boats sank, whilst others were left badly tilted, leaving their crews in need of alternative accommodation.
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crt welcome steph mcgovern to leeds CRT staff welcome steph mcgovern to leeds for new tv show

Staff from waterways and wellbeing charity, Canal & River Trust were on hand to give a warm waterways welcome to their new neighbour Steph McGovern.  Today, the former BBC Breakfast presenter launched her new daily lunchtime television show - Steph’s Packed Lunch.
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river Thames with walkers canal & river trust launches citizen science project

The Canal & River Trust has teamed up with partners, including King's College London, and is appealing for people aged 16 or over to take part in its largest ever study of the wellbeing benefits of spending time beside water.
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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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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.