Leicestershire Branch

We currently have an exciting 'once-in-a-generation' waterside regeneration opportunity in Leicester, but we need to ensure that any development is done sensitively. Leics IWA have submitted a 'constructively critical' response to the  Waterside Supplementary Planning Document consultation.

If any of our local membership come accross any local planning applications that may affect our waterways then can you please get in contact with a commitee member. It will also help to have the planning reference if possible.

We have in the past found that we have not been consulted with some of these projects. 

Dredging below Limekiln Lock

5th July 2018

Dredging has started below Limekiln Lock on the Leicester section of the Grand Union Canal. Land & Water are dredging immediately below the lock and they are unloading on the corner on Memory Lane Wharf so the tug is shuttling up and down the lock with full/empty pans in rapid succession.

IWA Member Discounts

Do not forget your IWA member discounts. From hire boat holidays to eating out and equipment - there's something for everyone.  See the updated list of IWA member discounts

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Forthcoming Events

DIWALI the festival of Light.

DiwaliWill be on 7th November 2018 starting around 6pm
We will be taking three boats down to Lime Kiln Lock where we will be dressing the boats up with lights and bunting. We will also be talking to the public who will be passing. There will also be a candle lite paper boat parade in the lock. Please note Navigation will be closed from 6pm to 9pm. Hope to see you.

Our next meeting..

The next meeting for the IWA Leicester Branch will be 8th November 2018 at 7.30pm the location as usual at The Gate Hangs Well, Syston, Leicestershire. Speaker wil be Chris Madge, The Derby & Sandiacre Canal Trust (D&SCT) 

Our chairman 

As you may all know Ian Macdonald our Chairman has resigned due to him moving away from the area. On behalf of all our members, i would like to say a big thank you to him and his wife for all the efforts, leadership and commitment he has made to the the Leicestershire branch.

As a result of a commitee meeting on the 24th of July it was agreed thet Andrew Shephard would stand in as chairman until the AGM in February 2019. (full date to be fixed).

The Grantham Canal Society

There will be a 2018 Discovery Day on Sunday 14th October 

The location where it will be is The Carpenter’s Shop Canal Depot, Duck Lane, Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, Nr. Grantham. NG32 1NY. If in doubt – just make for the Dirty Duck pub!

For Camping & Caravanning only:

Telephone Belvoir Castle Reception 9am – 5pm: 01476 871001

Email: reception@belvoircastle.com

The Dirty Duck Discovery Day enquiries only: Telephone: 01476 870111

For a full event list go here to view what will be on.

Should be a good day out...

In addition to the Leics IWA winter programme listed below, it is worth keeping an eye on the interesting Soar Boating Club events list here. The Club is a corporate IWA member.

You can also download the latest Soar Boating club newsletter from our publications page.

For all Leicestershire Branch Members and any non members wishing to visit.

The next meeting of the Leicestershire Branch is at 7.30pm on Thursday 8th March at The Gate Hangs Well, Syston. Our guest speaker will be Dr Adam Comerford, National Hydrology Manager for CRT. Adam will be giving a presentation titled ‘Water Management - too little, too much, just right’.

Adam has worked for the Trust, and previously for BW, since 2001, and leads their Water Management team. His presentation will cover the way the Trust tries to ensure a reliable supply of water to the network, an issue of particular interest to boaters using the Leicester Line.

We hope to see you there. 

Canal & River Trust looking to sell BWML

Published: Thursday 1st March 2018

The Canal & River Trust has this week announced that it is seeking a new owner for British Waterways Marinas Ltd. Outlined below is further information giving background to their decision.

About BWML

Set up in 2004, BWML is as an arm’s length subsidiary of the Canal & River Trust (‘the Trust’).  Originally set up with 10 marinas BWML now operates 18 marinas across England:

  • 3 coastal, 15 inland (of which 4 are on river navigations, including some outside the Trust’s navigations)
  • 17 ‘Gold Anchor’ accredited by The Yacht Harbour Association
  • 2,520 berths in total of which 28% (699) are residential
  • Statutory reported income in 2016/7 = £8.1m

Why is the Canal & River Trust looking to sell BWML?

The Trust is looking to focus more on its core priorities and to secure long-term revenue from its investments.  Having received a number of private approaches, and following an internal review, it has decided to explore options with a number of potential purchasers.  The waterways have always benefitted from private sector investment and this is also a good opportunity to introduce more private sector capital and energy into the sector.

See more information here


This year Leicester City Council have taken on the task of running waterspace at Leicester Riverside Festival.

This annual two day event is one of the city's biggest free festivals, and is located along the banks of the River Soar.

The event has fun for all the family on and off the water, it includes live entertainment, street food, and plenty of boat-related activities.

The dates have now been confirmed as Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June 2018.
The Leicester Riverside Festival will be spread over four areas around Bede Park.

At Bede Park there will be many family activities including a fun fair, food stalls, arts and crafts, a beer tent and an acoustic music stage.

The Piazza area will have a larger music stage featuring live bands.

Western Boulevard will have a street food market, and a Ride Leicester cycling area.

On the River Soar itself, there will be a narrow boat rally, boat trips, plus canoes and small boats to ride and hire.

Castle Gardens will have activities for children with an eco and environmental focus.

If you wish to book your boat for this event the you can download the BOOKING FORM here.
There are no charges for private boats.

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