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Join us at IWA Festival of Water for a bank holiday weekend of fun for all who love spending time by the water.

A full programme of music and dance will take place in IWA’s 75th Anniversary year. And where better to have the celebrations than on the waterway where it all began, the Worcester & Birmingham Canal?

Entry to the festival and car parking is free.

Download the IWA Festival of Water event brochure and get the latest updates by following the event on Facebook.

 

Event Dates

28th - 30th August 2021

Location

Perdiswell

IWA

IWA Festival of Water 2021

Join us at IWA Festival of Water for a bank holiday weekend of fun for all who love spending time by the water.

A full programme of music and dance will take place in IWA’s 75th Anniversary year. And where better to have the celebrations than on the waterway where it all began, the Worcester & Birmingham Canal?

Entry to the festival and car parking is free.

Download the IWA Festival of Water event brochure and get the latest updates by following the event on Facebook.

 

Details

Opening Times

10am - 6pm

Saturday and Sunday. On Monday the site closes at 5pm.

General Enquiries

Parking

Parking is free. Use postcode WR3 7SN. Access to the Festival car park will be off the A38 Droitwich Road. Please follow signs for festival parking.

Accessible parking is available on site.

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Location

Perdiswell

Perdiswell Park, Worcester WR3 7SN, UK

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Attractions at IWA Festival of Water

IWA’s Festival of Water brings a weekend of entertainment and music to Perdiswell Park, Worcester. As well as over 100 boats lining the canal, dressed in their festival bunting, the Festival has children’s rides including swing boats, craft stalls, food outlets, a real ale bar, an entertainments marquee with live music plus other attractions too.

There will be a chance to have a go at fishing as well as see demonstrations of a coracle and an electric punt!

Little Radford Model Boat Club are bringing a huge display of many, lovely model boats. Join us for an illuminated display of model boats on Sunday night at 9pm.

Let’s Fish!

Learn to fish with a professionally qualified angling coach. All the bait and equipment is provided. These sessions need to be pre-booked. Book your slot on:

Saturday 28th August
Sunday 29th August
Monday 30th August

Live Music at IWA Festival of Water

Join us at IWA Festival of Water for live music, day and night.

Entertainment from the area includes the Worcester Ukulele Band, the Woo Town Hillbillies and Syncopated Rhythm Jazz and Swing Quartet.

Big Skies Duo, Syncopated Rhythm, DryWood Folk Duo, and SassCappella will all entertain during the day.

Rock and Roll Jukebox will be playing on Saturday night.

Entertainment Marquee Timetable

Saturday
11:00 Braunston Pickle
12:15 Worcester Ukelele Band
13:15 DryWood Folk Duo
14:15 Big Skies Duo
15:15 Worcester Ukelele Band
16:15 DryWood Folk Duo
17:15 Big Skies Duo
19:30 DryWood Folk Duo*
20:30 Rock & Roll Juke Box*

Sunday
11:00 Braunston Pickle
12:15 Woo Town Hillbillies
13:15 DryWood Folk Duo
14:15 Woo Town Hillbillies
15:15 Syncopated Rhythm
16:15 DryWood Folk Duo
17:15 Syncopated Rhythm
19:30 Open Mic*
22:00 Open Mic*

Monday
11:00 Braunston Pickle
12:15 SassCappella
13:00 Awards Ceremony
13:15 DryWood Folk Duo
14:15 Sasscappella
15:15 DryWood Folk Duo
16:15 Braunston Pickle

*For wristband holders only. Wristbands are available to buy from the information stand at the Festival.

 

IWA at 75 – Talks & Performances

Talks and performances to celebrate IWA’s 75th anniversary at IWA Festival of Water.

IWA at 75 Marquee Timetable

Saturday

11:00 Sustainable Boating
12:15 Alarum Theatre
13:15 Inland Waterways Association
14:15 Residential Boat Owners’ Association
15:15 Alarum Theatre
16:15 Sustainable Boating
17:15 Myth Busting Composting Toilets

Sunday
11:00 Sustainable Boating
12:00 Alarum Theatre
13:00 Inland Waterways Association
14:00 Residential Boat Owners’ Association
15:00 Alarum Theatre
16:00 Sustainable Boating
17:00 Myth Busting Composting Toilets

Monday
11:00 Sustainable Boating
12:00 Alarum Theatre
13:15 Residential Boat Owners’ Association
14:15 Alarum Theatre
15:15 Sustainable Boating
16:15 Myth Busting Composting Toilets

 

Our volunteers organise events like IWA Festival of Water to provide free activities and memorable experiences on the water and beside it. If you enjoy your time at the festival, please consider donating to support the waterways.

Stalls at IWA Festival of Water

Beads and Bobbins – Handmade jewellery, window charms, handbags and bottle lights

Boaters Christian Fellowship – Charity information, fellowship, worship and witness

Birmingham Black Country and Worcester IWA Branch – Local waterways information

Bradley Canal Restoration Society – Canal restoration information

Buckingham Canal Society – Working to restore the Buckingham Canal

Ebinka Craft – Homemade crafts including fabrics, woodturning and cards

Hats Off Oxford – Hats and gloves

Hereford & Gloucestershire Canal Society – Promoting the restoration of the canal

Hook a Turtle – Win a prize every time

Marine Engine Services – Parts & engine servicing for older engines including Lister Petter parts & marine upholstery

O M Traders – Tie dye clothing

Pack it in – Zero Waste Living Ltd – Zero waste ethical and sustainable products

Pansy Power Craft – Hand sewn and crocheted goods

Resin Remix – Resin crafts and jewellery

Sew Singular – Aprons, bags and storage items

Spoilt Kitty – Resin bead jewellery, key rings and charms

The Pod Floating Studio – Canal inspired fused glass

The Woodlands Trust – Charity awareness and membership fundraising

Wallflower Gifts – Novelty mugs, wall plaques and suncatchers

Woofs Treats – Dog treats and gifts

Worcester, Birmingham and Droitwich Canal Society – Canal information, gifts and badge making

Worcester Wildlife – Wildlife information

WRG North West – Hundreds of second hand books and bric-a-brac

Floating Traders

The Jam Butty – Preserves, jam, marmalade and chutney

Food & Drink

Ice Cream and Slushes

Carvery – Pork and beef roasts

The Green Kitchen – Beef stew and duck fat roast potatoes

J W Catering – Burgers, bacon, sausages and chips

Pizza Heaven – Wood fired pizzas

Platinum Pancakes (Saturday only)

Rapples – Home made milk shakes

Retro Coffee Company – Tea, coffee, cakes, crepes and waffles

Tacos and Frozen Margaritas

The Candy Stop – Hot donuts, candy floss and sweets

Tropical Slushes – ten different flavours

Indian Street Food (Sunday only)

Enjoy a Heritage Walk along the Waterways of Worcester

Volunteer at IWA Festival of Water

Festival volunteers required

Every year during the Festival of Water we need volunteers for directing car park traffic, litter picking, clearing and cleaning tables, distributing programmes, donation buckets, helping with entertainments and PA, supervising WOW children’s activities, assisting with site information points and many other activities. Before and after the event we need volunteers to help with erecting marquees and other site setup and take down jobs

For more information or to volunteer, tick the volunteer box on your booking form, or contact event.volunteer@waterways.org.uk, telling us your name, phone number and email address. Or just turn up at the information desk during the festival.

Or why not Join the festival organising team?

Come and join the team of volunteers, who organise one of the most eagerly anticipated inland waterways events in the country. The IWA Festival of Water committee is looking for volunteers to join us in planning and arranging this popular event.

For more information about joining the Festival of Water team contact event.volunteer@waterways.org.uk.

 

Caterer & Trader Bookings

Traders

We welcome both water based and land traders to the Festival of Water. Electric supply is available but please book early.

For traders, please contact 01635 414567 or email event.trade@waterways.org.uk for details

Caterers

There will be a Food Court with caterers surrounding a seating area.

Please contact Jane Elwell on 01635 414567. Catering Concessions are individually negotiated

Support the waterways

Our volunteers organise events like IWA Festival of Water to provide free activities and memorable experiences on the water and beside it. If you enjoyed your day out at the festival, please consider donating to support the waterways.