Give Back and Have Fun At IWA’s Christmas Canal Camp

Seven-Day Working Holiday for just £70 per person

If you enjoy spending time outside and are looking to do something different this festive season, why not take a look at The Inland Waterways Association’s Waterway Recovery Group ‘Christmas Canal Camp’ on the picturesque Cotswold Canals?

Running from 26 December, 2019 to 1 January, 2020 and costing just £70 per person, IWA is offering volunteers an opportunity to help restore the canal near Brimscombe Port, just outside Stroud, Gloucestershire.

The cost includes three meals a day – a cooked breakfast, lunch on site and a substantial home cooked evening meal, plus an endless supply of tea and cake. Accommodation is in an old office building, which once housed Damian Hirst’s studio. There is electricity, hot showers and heating, but volunteers need to bring their own camp bed or sleeping mat. All transfers to and from the accommodation to the work site are included but volunteers will need to make their own way to Brimscombe Port. If travelling by public transport, volunteers can be collected from Stroud railway station.

The Christmas Canal Camp is ideal for anyone who is willing to get stuck in, enjoys a challenge and wants to do something worthwhile as 2019 draws to an end.  It is hard work, but there is plenty of fun and a real sense of camaraderie among the volunteers. No experience is needed and all personal protection equipment is provided. All you need is a pair of steel toe cap boots, warm clothes and waterproofs.

Commenting on the Christmas Canal Camp, Volunteers Coordinator for Waterway Recovery Group, Alex Melson says, “We all get a bit stir crazy in those days between Christmas and New Year. This camp offers the ideal opportunity to escape from all that sitting around, eating up the leftover turkey and watching endless reruns on the TV. You can get out in the fresh air and do something that is really worthwhile. It will also give you some great stories to share with your friends and work colleagues in the New Year.”

The canal restoration at Brimscombe Port is part of a wider £35 million regeneration of the Cotswold canals. Once completed, this final part of the restoration will connect the Cotswold canals to the main UK network. This will bring increased tourism to the area, as well as new homes, businesses and leisure facilities.  

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Jo Henderson, Campaigns & Media Officer, IWA – email:, tel: 07714 013827