Upcoming Events & Meetings

Featured events

NT Festival of Light

1 October 2016

Brierley Hill, West Midlands DY5 1QX

Banbury Canal Day 2016

2 October 2016

Canalside, Banbury Town Centre, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 2PQ

Waterside Walk - Regent's Canal

2 October 2016

Mile End tube station, 580 Mile End Road, Tower Hamlets, London E3 4PH

Work Party - River Gipping

5 October 2016

Needham Market, Ipswich, Suffolk IP6 8LJ

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Campaigning for the use, maintenance, and restoration of Britain's inland waterways

IWA is the leading membership charity dedicated to protecting and restoring Britain’s network of canal and river waterways. We use our extensive experience and member knowledge to formulate expert policies as well as undertake local and national campaigns that have a real impact on the UK's inland waterways.

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World Canals Conference 2016, Inverness

World Canals Conference 2016, Inverness

The World Canals Conference, which visits a different waterway destination around the world each ...

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Fun on the Curly Wyrley at IWA Festival of Water

15,000 people enjoyed an August Bank Holiday by the water on Pelsall North Common and were ...

Ilkeston Announced as 2017 Festival of Water

Ilkeston Announced as 2017 Festival of Water

IWA has announced Ilkeston on the Erewash Canal as the venue for its 2017 Festival of Water. ...

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IWA Campaigns

IWA campaigns for 100% of Britain's inland waterways. IWA’s vision is to see a widely-appreciated and well-maintained network of inland waterways available for the benefit of all.
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IWA Local

IWA is organised through a network of 8 Regions and 33 local Branches. Branches hold events in their area, including work parties, fund-raising activities, walks and meetings.
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For Kids

WOW is IWA's programme of activities for children. Materials can be used wherever young people might like to learn more about our inland waterways and their history.
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Essex Waterways

IWA’s subsidiary company Essex Waterways Ltd. took over the management of the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation in 2005 in order to prevent its closure.

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IWA's Waterway Recovery Group volunteers have helped restore many derelict waterways in Britain through their week-long Canal Camp working holidays and weekend digs.
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