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The theme of the event this year is Save Our Waterways

There’s something for everyone at IWA Canalway Cavalcade; a vibrant canal festival in the heart of London’s waterways. Whether visiting by boat or on foot, it’s a splendid day out for you and your family. Soak up the atmosphere surrounded by colourful craft of all shapes and sizes, alongside a multitude of unique stalls and delicious foods for all appetites.

Each year IWA celebrate the best of life on the waterways and its community. With eclectic live music around the site, special boating activities like the legendary illuminated procession, and kids’ entertainment for all ages. You’ll also find amazing art from local schools on display which we will be providing at WCU, and plenty of opportunities to get involved at IWA Canalway Cavalcade. We are currently looking for volunteers for the event – could you be one? Get in touch with us for more information.

Boat bookings are now open. Complete their online form or download a paper booking form to book. Please contact Mike Moore on or 07545 546865 for boat booking enquiries.

Please contact for trader enquiries.

Event Opening Times: Saturday and Sunday 10.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m. (plus illuminated boat procession, from 9.00 p.m. Sunday evening) and Monday 10.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m.

Please note that the festival site is within London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone, details of which can be found on the TFL website.


Canal Cavalcade 2024

Canal Cavalcade Art 2021

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Take a boat trip from Little Venice to Camden Lock via the zoo. Keep an eye open for wild animals!

Spot the stop gates under Warwick Avenue Bridge built to prevent water passing from one canal to another. Look for Browning’s Pool named after Robert Browning. It was originally a holding area for boats as they waited to enter Paddington Basin.

Have a picnic on the banks of the canal in Rembrandt Park and watch the boats.

Walk along to Paddington Basin (about 20 minutes). Look for ‘Standing Man’ and ‘Walking Man’ sculptures 


A little bit of history -Little Venice is located where the Regent’s Canal joins the Grand Union Canal at Paddington. It once formed part of a vital trading route connecting the Midlands to the River Thames. Today it is famous for some of the finest early Victorian houses


Discover little adventures on your doorstep Spot Brentford gauging lock and the nearby toll house Enjoy water sports such as canoeing at weekends or school holidays Take a break in a lockside café. It’s a good place to watch boats Wear wellies, go for a family walk along the canal Watch the boats – it takes at least 1½ hours to pass through Hanwell Locks Stop by Moorhen Marina in Harlow and look out for brightly painted boats Cycle along the towpath to Limehouse and the River Lee Look out for trains. Railway tracks pass under and run above the canal Take a boat trip from Little Venice to Camden Lock via the zoo Look out for the Blue B