Canal Camp Dates for 2020

COVID 19 Update

Date: 19/05/2020

At the most recent WRG Board meeting held on the 17th May 2020 the Board had unanimously decided to cancel all our planned Canal Camps between the months of July & September. This decision was not made lightly, but with the most recent set of government announcements and in the interest and wellbeing of our volunteers the decision was made to cancel all our planned Canal Camp opportunities. Whilst this news will be disappointing to we hope you will understand and we hope to answer any pressing questions.

Please find our FAQ’s below on how we will be progressing going forward.

Why was this decision made?

Whilst much of the work we do on site can be managed to reduce the risk of volunteers contracting COVID-19, we cannot realistically manage these risks in many other aspects of our Canal Camp programme, including the accommodation, catering and transport arrangements to and from site.

I am booked on a Canal Camp, will I get a refund?

Yes, everyone who has paid to attend one of our Canal Camps will receive a full refund. Due to the number of volunteers booked onto our events there may be a delay in processing these refunds. We will be issuing refunds in order when the Camps were taking place.

Can I transfer my place to a Canal Camp next year?

We are unable to offer a transfer of any places onto camps next year.

Will I be able to get reimbursed for my travel arrangements?

We will only be able to offer reimbursement for those who can evidence they had purchased a ticket prior to this announcement and if the ticket provider will not refund the ticket.

WRG Office Support

The office is being managed remotely at the moment with access to both email and phone.  In line with Government guidance site visits and meetings will be postponed to a later date but digital meetings are taking place.  Please do bear with us as we get used to the new processes and ways of working but we are still very much open for business, and if you need any support, please give us a call on 01494 783 453 ext 607 or email

A full rundown of how this will affect our events going forward can be found on our news page.

Dates 2020


4th - 11th July
Swansea Canal
Wey & Arun Canal (NWPG)
11th - 18th  July
Wey & Arun Canal (KESCRG) Cancelled
25th July - 1st August
Derby Canal Cancelled


1st - 8th August
Lichfield Canal Cancelled
Wilts & Berks Canal Cancelled
7th - 9th August
Family Canal Camp - Royal Gunpowder Mills Cancelled
8th - 15th August
Wilts & Berks Canal Cancelled
15th - 22nd August
Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation Cancelled
Cotswold Canals Cancelled
22nd  - 29th  August
Cotswold Canals Cancelled
29th Aug - 5th September
Cotswold Canals Cancelled


23rd - 25th Ocotber
Family Canal Camp - Wendover Arm Canal £15
24th - 31st October
Cotswold Canals Bookings on hold
Wey & Arun Canal Bookings on hold


Reunion Weekend £13


Christmas Canal Camp £70

Alternatively click here to download a booking form if you would prefer to pay by cheque.

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