Events In and Around the Manchester Area

We are keen to list events in the IWA Manchester Branch area.
Please notify us of any canal associated events you are organising or we have missed.
Email us at event_list(at)

Talks, tours, walks and local Society events etc

Interesting tours and walks etc are occasionally organised so keep an eye on the website and watch this page for more information as it becomes available.

Do attend these events in our IWA area, whether on foot, by car, or by boat, as spectator, participant, crew, stall holder etc. Please offer organisers help if you can.

Note: the annual Rochdale Canal Festival of 9 days has been superceded by the South Pennine Ring Festival encompassing any events held at any time of the year on any part of the Ring (Ashton Canal, Huddersfield Narrow and Broad Canals, Calder and Hebble Navigation, Rochdale Canal). 75 miles,and many locks with 2 transpennine crossings on the Huddersfield Narrow and Rochdale Canals.

Also see the list of events at the Standedge Visitor Centre 

The Ancoats Canal Project hold regular work parties on the last Sunday of the month.

C&RT hold several events including open days during canal maintenace work. They also advertise other events which are planned across the network - see their Events page

The Horse Boating Society organises horse towed boat trips on our local canals. For opportunities to join in as passenger or crew see

City Centre Cruises in Manchester are offering a 10% discount to IWA Members for their Sunday lunch cruise. Read more.

Uppermill Community Action Network (UCAN) is a dedicated group of volunteers that help keep the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and surrounding areas clear of rubbish and keep repairs up to date and maintain the area with the help of the Canal and River Trust.

FOR9 work on Rochdale Canal in the Manchester City centre on the Rochdale 9, a series of locks from Dukes 92 in Castlefield to Piccadilly Basin in central Manchester, UK. They work in cooperation with the Canal and River Trust and meet every second Sunday of the month at 11am in central Manchester.

Branch Events

Branch talks and meetings
Our Programme of winter talks runs from October to April and are held on the trip boat Emmeline Pankhurst moored on Potato Wharf, Castlefield on the second Monday of each month.

Branch work parties
IWA Manchester branch holds regular work parties on the third Saturday of each month as well as bigger work party weekends.