What’s happening on the UK’s canals this October?

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Plan for a busy month with this range of activities and events taking place on the waterways!

October events


Derbys/Notts – Cruises with the Chesterfield Canal Trust

Cheshire – Regular trips on the Anderton Boat Lift. More information on the CRT website. Book by ringing 01606 786777

Sussex – Regular cruises from Loxwood. Book with the Wey & Arun Canal Trust

Beds – Regular trips from Bedford with the John Bunyan Community Boat

Until 31 Oct Lancs – Burnley’s Canal Exhibition, 2-4pm at Weaver Triangle Visitor Centre

Until 23 Dec Powys – Exhibition of Eric Gaskell prints at Powysland Museum

6 Thurs, London – The River Stour Trust, 7.30pm at the London Canal Museum, King’s Cross

9 Sun, Lincs – Grantham Canal Discovery Day in Woolsthorpe-by-Belvior, 10am-4pm

9 Sun London – Tunnel boat trips from the London Canal Museum

9 Sun, Warwicks – Vegetation clearance at Hatton, 10am-1pm, meet at Oaklands Farm Dog Kennels, Birmingham Road, Warwick. For more information, contact info.warwickshire@waterways.org.uk

11 Tues, Middx – The Ins and Outs of a Lock-keeper, 8pm at Hillingdon Canal Club, Waterloo Road, Uxbridge. For more information, contact middlesex.socials@waterways.org.uk

11 Tues, Cheshire – The History and Building of the Kiel Canal, 7.45pm at the Holiday Inn, Ellesmere Port

12 Weds, London – Exploring the Stort Navigation, 7.30pm at The Primary Room, The United Reformed Church Hall, Addiscombe Grove. For more information, contact shea.richardson@homecall.co.uk

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12 Weds, Warwicks – Buckingham Canal: Past, Present and Future, talks starts 7.30pm at The Sports Connexion, Leamington Road, Ryton on Dunsmore. For more information, contact info.warwickshire@waterways.org.uk

13 Thurs, Notts – River & Canal Rescue, 7.45 pm at the Poppy & Pint, Pierrepont Road, Lady Bay, West Bridgford. For more information, contact nottsandderbys@waterways.org.uk

13 Thurs, Leics – The Grantham Canal Society, 7.30pm at The Gate Hangs Well, Syston. For more information, contact 07710 362952 or andrew.shephard@waterways.org.uk

15-16 Worcs – Stourbridge Navigation Trust Open Weekend, 10-5pm at the Bonded Warehouse. For more information, contact christopherdyche@hotmail.com

15 Sat, Cheshire – Top of the World tours at the Anderton Boat Lift. Book on 01606 786777

16 Sun, Yorks – Saltaire World Heritage Site celebrates the Leeds & Liverpool’s Bicentenary

19 Weds, Lancs – Leeds & Liverpool Bicentenary Celebration and Awards Evening, 7-10pm Dunkenhalgh, Accrington. Details of how to book on the Canal & River Trust website

19 Weds, Staffs – The Fens and Fenland Waterways, 7.15pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane, Lichfield. For more information, contact john.stockland@waterways.org.uk

20 Thurs, Bucks – The Story of London’s Docks, 7.45pm at Bletchley Royal British Legion, Melrose Avenue, Bletchley

21 Fri, Yorks – Braunston, the Canal Age Transport Hub, 8pm at Methodist Church Hall, Cottingham. For more information, contact 01482 845099 or roger.bromley@waterways.org.uk

22-23, Cheshire – Roses and Castles workshop in Audlem. For more information, contact 01270 811330 or jane@day-star-theatre.co.uk

22-29, Essex – WRG Canal Camp at Maldon. For more information, contact 01494 783 453 (ext 604) or jenny.black@waterways.org.uk

23 Sun, London – Tunnel boat trips from the London Canal Museum

23 Sun, Notts – Clean up in Nottingham, meet at Sainsbury’s, 11 Castle Bridge Road at 9.30am. For more information, contact mikeiwaplanning@btinternet.com

23 Sun, Warwicks – Clean up in Warwick, meet at Emscote Road Bridge at 10am. For more information, contact info.warwickshire@waterways.org.uk

25 Tues, Derbys – IWA Branch AGM, 8pm at The Wilmot Arms, 49 Derby Road, Derby

26 Weds, Yorks – Haunted Disco at Standedge Tunnel, 1-4pm. Book on 01484 844298

26 Weds, London – Watery Wednesday at London Canal Museum

27 Thurs, Yorks – Pumping-Carving Class at Standedge Tunnel, 11am-2pm. Book on 01484 844298

28 Fri, Staffs – Murder Mystery event at Canalside Farm Shop & Café, Mill Lane, Great Haywood. Book on 01889 881747

29-30 London – Amazing Halloween Experience at the London Canal Museum. Booking necessary.

30 Sun, Berks – Newbury Artisan Market, 10am-4pm


16 Sun, London – King’s Cross to Hitchcock’s Hackney, meet at 2.30pm at King’s Cross tube station taxi rank. For more information, contact 020 3612 9624

30 Sun, London – Explore the Regent’s, meet at 10am at Angel Station. For more information, contact regentsbowler@gmail.com

30-31 Worcs – Ghost Walks at Stourport Basin, led by the ghost of James Brindley, 4-8pm. Book with info@stourporttown.co.uk

30 Oct-1 Nov Worcs – Adult ghost walks at Stourport Basin, 4-10pm