Canalway Cavalcade is a festival at the canal junction where the Regent’s Canal meets the Grand Union in Little Venice that has taken place annually since 1983. The family festival presents a flotilla of canal boats with stalls offering food, fare and books and there’s even a fairground inland.
Alongside the entertainment, there is plenty of fascinating information on offer about the history of boating and the canal. This includes the Littlest Canal Museum, a museum about boating, on a boat!
The festival is not to be missed for waterway-lovers of all ages. It only happens once a year but any time of year, Little Venice is a quirky place in London to explore and the Canal is a great place to come for a walk on a sunny day.
The website lists over forty different stalls that will be attending the 2016 Canalway Cavalcade. These include many food stalls selling fudge and chutney, jewellery stalls and one selling Peruvian crafts, so don’t forget to bring some spare change.
14:00 – Opening Cermony (Horse Bridge, The Pool)
14:30 – Pageant of Boats (The Pool)
11:00 – Boat Handling Competition (Part 1) Sponsored by British Land (The Pool)
12:45 – Blessing of the Boats by Father Gary Bradley, Vicar of Little Venice (Horse Bridge, The Pool)
15:00 – Teddy Bear’s Picnic (Rembrandt Gardens)
20:00 – Music followed by a procession of illuminated boats (The Pool)
10:30 – Boat Handling Competition
13:00 – Award Ceremony (Horse Bridge, The Pool)
14:30 – Procession
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