PRESS RELEASE: Liverpool event is IWA National Campaign Festival 2016

Issue date:  4 January 2016

IWA is pleased to designate the Eldonian Village Canal Festival in Liverpool, on 11-12 June, as its 2016 National Campaign Festival.  This is in recognition of its ambitious objective to increase leisure activities on a relatively underused part of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.  The event will celebrate the bi-centenary of the canal and is being organized by IWA Chester and Merseyside Branch in partnership with the Liverpool Culture Company, the Eldonian Housing Trust and the Canal & River Trust.

Centred on the canal around the Eldonian community centre and including the section down the locks to Stanley Dock, the Campaign Festival’s primary aim is to encourage more boats to visit this section of the canal and continue to the Albert Dock complex.  

The local IWA branch aims to improve this part of the canal for visitors by providing new mooring and service facilities at Eldonian for boaters visiting the ‘Liverpool Link’.  In addition, it is seen as a great opportunity to increase local community volunteering  with vegetation clearance, painting and rubbish removal, and work with local schools leading up to the Festival to gain active participation in the event, as well as increased knowledge of and respect for the local canal.

IWA National Chairman Les Etheridge commented:

“Liverpool, with its rich canal heritage, is a worthy standard-bearer for IWA’s National Campaign Festival in this bicentennial year.  Great progress has been made in recent years to open up the delights of the city to canal traffic again with the inauguration of the Liverpool Link. Our Campaign Festival aims to build on that and leave a positive legacy for the residents of Eldonian Village and all the other canalside and waterfront communities and attractions.”

Mooring spaces for the festival at Eldonian are filling up and the IWA’s ‘campaign convoy’ across the River Mersey into Liverpool Docks before the event is already fully booked. For more information and boat booking forms visit IWA website.

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Photograph: “Colourful boats at a previous Festival” by Mike Carter.

Press Contact

For more information please contact Alison Smedley, Press Office, The Inland Waterways Association, by emailing alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk or phone 07779 090915.

Notes for Editors

The Inland Waterways Association (IWA), a registered charity, leads campaigns to conserve, maintain and restore Britain’s network of canal and river waterways. With a membership of around 16,000, IWA provides a strong voice for waterways users, working with navigation authorities, local and national government and other organisations to keep all our waterways alive.


Photograph: “Colourful boats at a previous Festival” by Mike Carter.

Press Contact

For more information or a higher resolution image please contact Alison Smedley, Press Office, The Inland Waterways Association, by emailing alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk or phone 07779 090915.