Canals Today


Welcome to Canals Today.

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.

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Boating Offers:

Lee & Stort Boat Co Limited Boat Tours and Swan Pedalos at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park are still running, as well as their Ware and Hertford Waterbus until the end of September. Click here for more information.

Cocktail Cruise with Alfred Le Roy Speciality and classic cocktails and bonhomie are the order of the day on this two & half hour canalboat cruise of the River Lea with upbeat background tracks and retractable roof sections for those warm sunny days. Sharing platters featuring Charcuterie (or vegetarian delights); Neal's Yard Dairy cheeses, E5 Bakehouse Bread and other tasty pairings are available to enjoy. Full bar open throughout.
Saturdays 12noon - 2.30pm; 3.30 - 6.15pm throughout the summer
Tickets from £25 per person, Over 18's only
More info click here

Overpoured Sunday Cruise with Alfred Le Roy With a bottomless option for Glasses of prosecco, Bloody Marys and Mimosas, and Deep filled savoury croissants available such as Smoked Salmon with avocado and horseradish cream cheese. This two hour cruise of the river lea, travels from Hackney Wick to Springfield Park and back. Upbeat background music tracks, retractable roof sections for those warm sunny days. Full bar open throughout.
Sundays 12noon - 2pm; 3pm - 5pm, throughout the summer
Tickets from £12.50 per person, Bottomless: additional £25 per person - requires a food item being purchased. Over 18's only
More info click here

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

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


Books to recommend
Here are a few comments from the staff who took 1 book and 10 minutes to read a bit. They gave their comments freely and anonymously- so we believe them!

1. " His journey hasn’t started yet, but sounds like he will have an interesting one."
2. " A very warming selection of tales on the canal and characters on the author’s travels which describe some hidden gems in England that I never knew existed."
3. "Seems like a good read so far. The book is witty, thoughtful and informative. I don't think it is only for a canal enthusiast."
4. " Highly readable, engaging, light fun reading if occasionally it rambles off the point. Sounds a bit like a good canal journey ought to be!"
For more details click here.

Friend of the Thames!

Help us to help others appreciate the history and protect the future of the Thames. Our photo of these ambulance staff who spent all day in case of any problems at this year's Boat Races are just some of the dedicated people who support the big events along the Thames each year.
Nominate a friend for our Wall of Fame. Click here for more details.

Canalside Events

Cosgrove Canal Festival, Craft Fair & Village festival-
22nd-23rd July Starting from 10am-4pm raising money for restoration of canal between Buckingham and Cosgrove.

 A craft fair will take place in the village of Cosgrove. Click here for more information.

Newbury Waterways Festival-
23rd July from 10am-5pm at Victoria Park, Newbury Berkshire as part of Kennet & Avon Canal Trust-The main theme of the festival will be Beatlemania with some live acoustic numbers from one of Britain’s famous pop groups. Click here for more information.

Audlem Festival of Transport-
30th July from 10am-5pm- A exhibition of vintage cars and buses near the Audlem Wharf by the Audlem Mill and the Shroppie Fly on Shropshire canal. Click here for more information.

Linslade Canal Festival-
29th July from 11am-5pm- A fun day out includes a live dog show, craft stalls, live music, narrowboats. Click here for more information. 

Nottingham Riverside Festival
4th-6th August at Victoria Embankment.

3 days of fun entertainment, live music and good food for all the family including the annual The Dragon Boat challenge and Duck Race. Click here for more information and times.

Blisworth Canal Festival
12th-13th August from 11am-5pm. A spectacular sight of different boats on the canal running through 8 Norfolk villages.

Click here for more information.

Gardenia (Above) waits for her turn to proceed through the lengthy Maida tunnel (unlit)then goes under the A1 and re-emerging in urban surroundings of the Regents canal. The service goes regularly from Camden Town to Little Venice through the tunnel through Regents Park and London Zoo.


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.