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IWA Canalway Cavalcade is London’s biggest, brightest and best waterways festival.

There’s something for everyone at IWA Canalway Cavalcade; a vibrant canal festival in the heart of London’s waterways. Whether visiting by boat or on foot, it’s a splendid day out for you and your family. Soak up the atmosphere surrounded by colourful craft of all shapes and sizes, alongside a multitude of unique stalls, a real ale bar, and delicious foods for all appetites.

Each year we celebrate the best of life on the waterways and its community. With eclectic live music around the site, special boating activities like the legendary illuminated procession, and kids’ entertainment for all ages. You’ll also find amazing art from local schools on display, and plenty of opportunities to get involved at IWA Canalway Cavalcade.

It takes the hard work and effort from a team of volunteers to bring this festival to life. Would you like to be part of this incredible event? Contact us below to find out how you can help.

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Event Dates

3rd - 5th May 2021

Location

Little Venice

IWA Canalway Cavalcade 2021

IWA Canalway Cavalcade is London’s biggest, brightest and best waterways festival.

There’s something for everyone at IWA Canalway Cavalcade; a vibrant canal festival in the heart of London’s waterways. Whether visiting by boat or on foot, it’s a splendid day out for you and your family. Soak up the atmosphere surrounded by colourful craft of all shapes and sizes, alongside a multitude of unique stalls, a real ale bar, and delicious foods for all appetites.

Each year we celebrate the best of life on the waterways and its community. With eclectic live music around the site, special boating activities like the legendary illuminated procession, and kids’ entertainment for all ages. You’ll also find amazing art from local schools on display, and plenty of opportunities to get involved at IWA Canalway Cavalcade.

It takes the hard work and effort from a team of volunteers to bring this festival to life. Would you like to be part of this incredible event? Contact us below to find out how you can help.

Follow us: Twitter | Instagram

Details

Opening Times

10am - 6pm

Saturday and Sunday. The site closes at 5pm on Monday.

Access

All parts of the festival site are accessible to wheelchair users.

Boat Bookings

Ticket Type Price
Boat & Butty Mooring £38
Boat Mooring £38
General Admission FREE
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Location

Little Venice

1 Blomfield Rd, Little Venice, London W9 1AH, UK

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Directions to IWA Canalway Cavalcade

The postcodes for IWA Canalway Cavalcade are W9 2PF or W2 6NE.

We’ve included some information to help you plan your journey; but works are often scheduled over Bank Holiday weekends. So, please check your route before you travel.

Nearest Tube

Paddington (Hammersmith & City line) station leads directly on to the towpath and Paddington (Bakerloo or Circle line) and Warwick Avenue (Bakerloo line). Both of these stations are approximately 5 minutes’ walk.

Nearest Rail

Paddington Station is less than 5 minutes’ walk. The footbridge over the platforms connects to the canal towpath. Follow the signs for ‘Little Venice’ , ‘Sheldon Square’ or ‘Grand Union Canal’. To find the footbridge from the main concourse, walk along platform 8.

By Bus

Bishops Bridge/Little Venice: routes 18, 46, 332.

Westbourne Terrace: routes 7, 23, 27, 36.

Warwick Avenue Station: routes 187, 414.

By Car

There is limited on-street parking in the area at weekends – be sure to check the signs.

By Boat

Little Venice is the junction of the Regent’s Canal and the Paddington Branch of the Grand Union Canal (GU). It can be approached from the GU main line at Bull’s Bridge (either from the Thames at Brentford or from the Midlands and beyond), or via the Regent’s Canal from the Thames at Limehouse or the Lee Navigation via the Hertford Union Canal.

 

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Sustainability & Recycling at IWA Canalway Cavalcade

Our vision is to have an environmentally sustainable IWA Canalway Cavalcade, which has no negative impact on the local environment in which it is held, and contributes positively to the local economy.

  • We will decide our specific aims e.g. increase recycling to 75% or reduce power consumption by 10%
  • Nominate one responsible person
  • Embed environmental sustainability into our existing systems and processes
  • We will set dates for achievement of targets with milestones towards achievement
  • Set measures of success
  • Develop an action plan to achieve our targets
  • Communicate progress to our suppliers, contractors and partners

METHOD

By working with our partners, local authorities, local landowners, caterers, suppliers, entertainers and boat owners, we will seek ways to increase recycling rates, reduce ‘single use’ plastics and have a positive impact on air quality.

IMPROVE LEVELS OF RECYCLING BY:

  • Working with our partners to increase recycling points in the IWA Canalway Cavalcade event area
  • Providing attending boaters both with rubbish bags and clear recycling bags to allow them to separate their rubbish
  • Providing information about local recycling points via the Boaters Information Pack and our site PA system

IMPROVE AIR QUALITY BY:

  • Asking visiting boat owners to minimise the use of their heating stoves and use only smokeless fuel
  • Ensuring our on-site fuel supplier does not sell house coal or unseasoned wood to any of our attendees
  • Restricting the running of engines to two periods of two hours per a day to help reduce air pollution
  • Banning BBQ usage in the event area to help ease air pollution and to reduce fire risk

REDUCE THE USAGE OF PLASTICS BY:

  • Working with our bar and catering suppliers to ensure the use of non-recyclable plastics is kept to a minimum. In addition, we will ask that natural or biodegradable cutlery, crockery and liquid receptacles are used to service their customers wherever possible
  • Trialling the usage of display tools and accessories, which are kinder to the environment
  • Banning the sale of Helium balloons throughout the event site
  • No longer giving out plastic bags containing show information and leaflets
  • Encouraging volunteers to bring their own re-fillable water bottles
  • Asking our stall holders to refrain from giving away or providing prizes that are wrapped in single use plastics
  • Asking the catering concessions including the bar to allow the use of brought in liquid receptacles for service
  • Publicising the purchase of re-usable liquid containers for sale within the IWA marquee and Waterspace Office, and asking that they are sold wherever possible
  • Asking local outlets to allow the free use of tap water from their establishments
  • Asking stallholders to refrain from using plastic bags
  • Ensuring that any containers used for the selling of food are recyclable

REDUCE OUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT BY:

  • Encouraging volunteers to use public transport when attending the event
  • Asking our children’s entertainers and activity providers to use products not deleterious to the environment
  • Restricting our usage of water for entertainment purposes to the children’s activities in Rembrandt Gardens.  This water will be used to water park plants after it has been used.

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