Monthly Newsletter February 2017


Welcome to our first edition of Canalstoday.

Its a brief monthly update of some Special Offers, news and events along the UK canals.
We will miss things of course but as the months pass and you dear reader tell others about this newsletter, it will probably get bigger and better. No charge for reading it.
We start with some boat hire offers, important IWA news and feature an exciting possibility for old and young, exhibited at this years Boat Show in January. Its a Canadian style, collapsible and truly portable canoe offering more of us a chance to take to the canals in the company of the regular holiday, residential and working canal boaters.

Boating Offers:

Wyvern Shipping operating on the Grand Union Canal are offering 10% off for early bookings until further notice Check details

Canal Cruising

Special Offers-Trent and Mersey Canal
1. CAMRA, IWA, C&RT save 10%, NHS STAFF, POLICE, RESCUE, FORCES members save 15% of your full priced Shortbreak/Weeks holiday
2. Book 3 Weeks- 3rd Week Free (cheapest of the 3 weeks) or book 6 weeks full price 4 weeks -get 2 free)
3. BOOK 2 WEEKS get 2nd HALF PRICE (cheapest week).See more details here

College Cruisers

Come and enjoy 'spring' on the stunning Oxford canal…Great deals on February and March Breaks.
Ring 01865 554343 for more details.
Some recent IWA news items.

IWA Northampton Branch Northampton Branch held a Task party on Sunday 8th January when they carried out vegetation clearance on by-pass weirs and channels on locks 15 and 16 of the adopted Northampton Arm with some edging done on both locks. Litter picking was carried out from lock 16 back up the Arm to bridge 13. A tremendous amount of rubbish was collected, about 30 bags, six shopping trollies and other assorted rubbish with 16 volunteers. The Branch has now completed all 14 locks that have by-pass weirs and channels and since it started in July 2013 has passed the 5000 volunteer hours mark.

IWA National Awards Nominations
IWA is looking for nominations for its annual National Awards. Nominations are invited from members, branches and regions and should be emailed to by 31st March.

Closure of Anglian Waterways, click here for more info.

The UK distributors of this Korean built canoe (with an option for a dingy too) assure us it can quickly unfolded (within less than 15 minutes) for use on the canals .The hull Double-layer marine-grade custom manufactured polypropylene so coastal visits are an option. At the end of the voyage the canoe or dinghy can be quickly repacked into 2 carrier bags and transported back to the car. It weighs just 53lbs.

The canoe is barely 430cm by 88cm wide but can carry 2 people comfortably (400lb load). So, that is a few weekends and most of the summer holidays sorted
Click here for more details.

Friends of the Thames!

Help us to help others appreciate the history and protect the future of the Thames.
See for more details about how to become one of the many promoting safe and enjoyable use of the river - in, on or by the water! Click here