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Each year we celebrate the best of life on the waterways in London and its community at IWA Canalway Cavalcade.

Although we may not be able to hold a physical event this year, we wanted to capture this spirit by sharing our favourite moments from past Cavalcade events. Our volunteers have worked hard to bring you a selection of highlights and videos of what IWA Canalway Cavalcade is and continues to be – a celebration of the waterways.

If you have been to Cavalcade before, please share your memories with us this weekend by emailing canalway.cavalcade@team.waterways.org.uk or by sharing them on social media and tagging them with #CavalcadeMemories (please make sure any posts are public so that we can reshare them).

For the best virtual event experience follow us on Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

See the full schedule.

IWA Canalway Cavalcade will return to London’s Little Venice on Saturday 30th April 2022 for the full early May Bank Holiday weekend.

Event Dates

1st - 3rd May 2021

Location

Online

IWA

Virtual IWA Canalway Cavalcade 2021

Each year we celebrate the best of life on the waterways in London and its community at IWA Canalway Cavalcade.

Although we may not be able to hold a physical event this year, we wanted to capture this spirit by sharing our favourite moments from past Cavalcade events. Our volunteers have worked hard to bring you a selection of highlights and videos of what IWA Canalway Cavalcade is and continues to be – a celebration of the waterways.

If you have been to Cavalcade before, please share your memories with us this weekend by emailing canalway.cavalcade@team.waterways.org.uk or by sharing them on social media and tagging them with #CavalcadeMemories (please make sure any posts are public so that we can reshare them).

For the best virtual event experience follow us on Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

See the full schedule.

IWA Canalway Cavalcade will return to London’s Little Venice on Saturday 30th April 2022 for the full early May Bank Holiday weekend.

Details

Opening Time

12pm - Saturday 1st May

#CavalcadeMemories

Weekend Schedule

Head over to our social media channels and our #CavacadeMemories page to see the full lineup of activities over the weekend – Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Saturday

12:00 – Opening Ceremony
13:00 – Boat Pageant Memories
15:00 – Pirate Castle
16:00 – Boat Handling Memories
17:00 – #CavalcadeMemories with Helen Dobbie

Sunday

08:00 – Special Religious Service
12:00 – Roses & Castles Workshop
13:00 – #CavalcadeMemories with Craig Haslam
14:00 – Church Army Memories
15:00 – Stallholder Highlights
18:00 – Illuminated Boat Procession Highlights

Monday

12:00 – Highlights of Youth Engagement
13:00 – Sign Writing Workshop
14:00 – Music with Mandolin Monday
16:00 – Highlights of past IWA Canalway Cavalcades

IWA Canalway Cavalcade 2022

IWA Canalway Cavalcade is London’s biggest, brightest and best waterways festival. The festival will return to London’s Little Venice on Saturday 30th April 2022 for the full early May Bank Holiday weekend.

Download the boat booking form for 2022 (PDF)

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? Email canalway.cavalcade@team.waterways.org.uk to find out how you can help.

Trader & Caterer Bookings

Email: exhibition@waterways.org.uk

Sustainability & Recycling at IWA Canalway Cavalcade

Vision

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.

Specific Actions
  • 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.

We Aim To

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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