PRESS RELEASE: Festival of Water 2020 to be Held on Worcester & Birmingham Canal

August 2020 is a significant date for The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) as it is the start of the organisation’s 75th Anniversary year. Where better to start the celebrations than with the annual Festival of Water on the waterway where it all began, the Worcester & Birmingham Canal?  

Back in August 1945, Robert Aickman and Tom Rolt met on the canal at Tardebigge, Worcestershire to discuss the need for an organisation to speak for the inland waterways of the UK. It was at this meeting that plans for IWA were developed and then six months later, in early 1946, the IWA was officially formed.

IWA’s Festival of Water, held over the August Bank Holiday weekend (29-31 August, 2020) is expected to be one of the highlights of the 75th Anniversary celebrations. The festival will be held in Perdiswell Park in Worcester, with all the visiting boats moored along the banks of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. It promises to be a spectacular event, which is fully supported by Worcester City Council.

Alongside the large gathering of boats, there will be a whole host of entertainment including music, food, drink, children’s activities, fairground rides and a chance to learn more about the benefits of the waterways across the country. There are some other plans in the pipeline too, with more information being released early in the New Year.

Commenting on the event, Jane Elwell, Chair of Events Committee at IWA says, “The Worcester & Birmingham Canal played an important role in the history of IWA and we think it is a very fitting place to celebrate the start of our 75th anniversary year. Our Festival of Water at Perdiswell Park will not only look back at the past 75 years but also towards the future of the waterways. Check back with us soon for more updates on this very special event.”

Spaces for boats and camping (tents, caravans, motorhomes etc.) are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Find out more information about the IWA Festival of Water. If you have a specific question, or would like to volunteer over the weekend, please call 01635 414567 or email:


For further press information, please contact Jo Henderson, Media & Campaigns Officer, IWA. Email: / Phone: 01494 783 453 Ext 618

FOW 2020 Worcester councillor and bob foxPhoto shows Worcester District Councillor, James Stanley and Bob Fox, Secretary, IWA Birmingham Black Country & Worcestershire Branch

Tillerpin handover 2019 to 2020Photo shows the Tillerpin being handed over to Worcester City Council at this year's Festival of Water in Waltham Abbey.