PRESS RELEASE: Ilkeston Announced as 2017 Festival of Water

Issue date: 2nd August 2016

The Inland Waterways Association has announced Ilkeston on the Erewash Canal as the venue for its 2017 Festival of Water.  The annual event will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend next year, from 26th to 28th August 2017.  The festival is being supported by Erewash Borough Council who are very enthusiastic about the event coming to their area.

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.

IWA Events Team Chairman John Butler said "I am delighted that we are able to bring IWA’s Festival of Water to Ilkeston next year.  The Erewash Canal is a beautiful yet underused waterway and the event will attract more people to visit it.  Put the dates in your diary now.”

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says: “This is wonderful news for Erewash and it is a real honour for our borough to be chosen as the host for the Festival of Water 2017.

“Our Erewash Canal has a rich history and was a source of wealth to the Erewash Valley with the export of coal for many generations. Now canal life flows at a more tranquil pace and is popular with boaters, walkers and cyclists. What a great celebration the Festival of Water will be for everyone and we look forward to welcoming the thousands of people that attend this annual event.”


Further information

More information about this annual event is available at


Photos available on request.

Press Contact

For further information please contact Alison Smedley, Press Office, The Inland Waterways Association, by emailing or phoning 07779 090915.

Notes for Editors

IWA is The Inland Waterways Association, a membership charity that works to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of canals and rivers.  IWA is a national organisation with a network of volunteers and branches who deploy their expertise and knowledge to work constructively with navigation authorities, government and other organisations.  The Association also provides practical and technical support to restoration projects through its expert Waterway Recovery Group.
IWA - Keeping our waterways alive.


Photos available on request. Please contact Alison Smedley, Press Office, The Inland Waterways Association, by emailing or phoning 07779 090915.