Ilkeston to host IWA Festival of Water 2017

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August 2017

The annual Festival of Water is coming to Ilkeston over the 2017 August Bank Holiday Weekend and over 100 boats will be moored along the Erewash Canal.

Book your place

Join the weekend festivities and book your boat or campsite pitch for just £30, including evening entertainment.  To book either fill in our new online booking form and pay using credit / debit card or PayPal or download and return the booking form.

Please note that the maximum draught for vessels on the canal is 4’ 0” (albeit there will probably be some silted areas that might be a struggle to get through) and not any lesser depth which may be quoted elsewhere.

Free to attend

The IWA Festival of Water will be free to attend and will have an array of attractions on and off the water providing a fun day out for all the family. Many boats, including leisure, trade, heritage and working narrowboats, are expected and there will be a wide range of craft stalls and activities on site.  There will also be a market and fundraising stalls and IWA would like to hear from boaters, charities and local groups who are interested in having a stall and fundraising for their chosen cause.


General enquiries
01635 414567

Trade enquiries

Get involved

Festival Details

A Taster

Take a look at our 2016 Festival Programme (on Issuu) to get an idea about the event or download PDF version (4.7MB).

Mooring & Pitch Bookings

Reserve your boat mooring or campsite pitch for just £30 for the weekend. Complete the online booking form and pay by debit/credit card or PayPal.  Alternatively download a booking form and return.

Trade Bookings

Book your place for 2017. Download and fill in the booking form.


There are so many ways to get involved in the smooth running of the Festival.  See how you could lend a hand.

IWA's Festival of Water 2017 is supported by:

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