Canals are not just for boating and walking, there are tonnes of great events happening on the waterways during August and September. We’ve put together a list of some on the southern Grand Union canal and the Regents Canal that are definitely worth checking out.

Volunteering Days in Cosgrove

With a variety of tasks to choose from, come along and help out in the South-East by volunteering some of your time to help improve the canal in Cosgrove - all equipment provided, just bring your enthusiasm.

Love your local canal? This is your chance to be a part of maintaining the historic wonder of our waterways, help keep them beautiful and meet some new friends. There are lots of opportunities available to you over the next couple of months - see dates below. The sessions normally start at 10am and finish at 3pm.

● September 10th, 13th, 24th

● October 8th, 11th, 22nd

● November 5th, 8th, 19th

● December 3rd, 13th, 17th

Be sure to wear appropriate footwear (sturdy non-slip boots) and clothing - don’t forget a waterproof!

Contact 0300 323 1350 for any further details.

Bradwell Windmill

Why not drop in to an open day at one of Milton Keynes' most distinctive landmarks this summer?

On the last Sunday of each month, (ending in October) the Bradwell Windmill is open to the public. Restoration, which involved making the building watertight, and restoring the sails and mill mechanism means visitors can expect to see the mill in action.

Angel Canal Festival

Come along on the 6th September to the Angel Canal Festival in Islington, London. This is a fantastic annual one-day festival is based around the City Road Lock, Basin and the towpath alongside the Regents Canal in Islington, North London. There are also events at a local park and on nearby streets.

Attractions include stalls, funfair, Punch and Judy, storyteller, boat trips and art projects.

Fun and Games at Limehouse Basin

Discover the Floating Cinema, Bite Market & Live Music 29th August, 11am - 3pm. Limehouse Basin was once London’s principal gateway and meeting point between the River Thames and London’s canal network.

On the surface, Limehouse Basin is a calm and tranquil place but look above and around you at the industrial landscape to get a sense of its maritime heritage. Dip into this dynamic history with an afternoon of films, walks and talks in the company of food and music.

Discovering the Regent’s Canal

Get your weekends off to a perfect start with a guided walk along the gorgeous Regents Canal. Meet at 10:00 at Angel Station. The event is free of charge, but donations to the Canal & River Trust are welcome. The walk will finish at approximately 12:30pm at Camden Market.

To book your space email

Dates for 2015:
Sunday 27th September, Sunday 25th October, Sunday 22nd November and Sunday 27th December

Islington Tunnel Boat Journeys

Come and discover more about this historic tunnel on the Regent's Canal. An opportunity to find out more about the Islington Tunnel on the Regent's Canal whilst enjoying a day out at the London Canal Museum. A guide will tell you about the history of the tunnel which opened in 1820 whilst you travel through it.

Remaining dates for 2015: September 13th and 27th, and October 11th.

Floating Cinema

Extra terrestrial, intergalactic cinema - An intergalactic programme of films and events across London's waterways

This August and September, The Floating Cinema is set to journey beyond earth! An immersive space odyssey, the Extra-Terrestrial programme weaves between the absurd and the factual to offer a timely commentary on contemporary issues surrounding Earth's sustainability, the commodification of space and what it means to be 'alien'.

Booking essential £5-12 on-board; open air events are free.
More info here: Floating Cinema

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