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. 

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

Knot Tying..

For those interested in Knot Tying the International Guild Knot Tyres is holding an open day event at the Loughborough Town Hall. The event will be between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 12th of May 2018.  

The event is FREE to enter. There will be lots of displays and demonstrations in the art of knots tying, from basic knots right up to fender making. You can also have ago. 

Some of the items include have your ever...

  • Made rope or string from natural fibers
  • tied your shoe laces really securely
  • used knots for boating, climbing or fishing
  • lashed down a load with rope
  • made supports for vegetables in your garden
  • knotted dough for fancy bread

Plus lots of other items you would not even think about...

The website for the International Guild Knot Tyres is www.igkt.net should be a bit of fun, and usefull.

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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