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Canalway a v a l c a d e Little Venice 4 - 6 May 2013


elcome to Canalway Cavalcade 2013 - a unique waterways and community festival which has been taking place at Little Venice since 1983.

Organised by The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) volunteers this weekend heralds the start of a summer of festivals celebrating London's waterways. Many of the 150 boats attending Cavalcade will have travelled from the furthest reaches of the waterways system in Britain - a spidery network of nearly 3000 miles - to gather here in a glorious array of colour in the heart of London. Whether you've travelled to Cavalcade from near or far, are a boater, a resident or a visitor, you'll find it's packed with fun and entertainment for everyone from 2 to 102. There are children's activities from floating on water to Punch and Judy; competitions, workshops, food and trade stalls, music, real ale, Morris sides, a one man band, a raffle with fantastic prizes and lots, lots more. We hope you will want to find out more about our wonderful waterways - in London and all over the country - and become a fan during this exciting festival. So have a great time! The IWA campaigns for the use, maintenance and restoration of Britain's inland waterways. It believes that canals and rivers are everyone's to enjoy and it works to preserve the heritage and ecology of the system for the public benefit. If you'd like to find out more about the work of the IWA, our waterway heritage, or how you can join and help to restore a waterway, go to the IWA marquee on Warwick Crescent at this event, or visit the website, phone our membership hotline: 01494 783453 or write to us at: IWA, Island House, Moor Road, Chesham, HP5 1WA Christine Smith Publicity Manager, Canalway Cavalcade 2013

The IWA accepts no liability for any matter within this brochure, including adverts Canalway Cavalcade is organised by Inland Waterways Enterprises Ltd, a private limited company (Registered in England no. 4305322) wholly owned by The Inland Waterways Association (Registered as a charity no. 212342) to whom all profits are given. Registered Office: Island House, Moor Road, Chesham HP5 1WA

Cover photo by C Smith

sponsors Boatshed Grand Union Canal & River Trust City of Westminster Paddington Central Porter & Co


Freight by Water What's Happening: Saturday Sunday Monday Towpath Walks Site Plan Who's Where Food & Drink Site Plan Thanks Awards Summer festivals Fancy a dirty weekend?

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Freight by Water The Thames, London’s other rivers, present and ‘lost’, and its canals were critical factors for urban spread and the dramatic expansion of the city’s influence, trade and port facilities. The functioning port became largely dependent on lighterage and barge links between hundreds of wharves in the enclosed docks and along the waterways, many with associated industrial or commercial activities, and with its wider regional hinterland. London was a prime world example of a lighterage port. How much freight movement will you now see on London’s waterways? Little or nothing on the canals and on the Thames a fraction of what there had been in its heyday. Why this change? Recent developments in cargo handling, such as containerisation, need more quay space and better access, former docks and most wharves have closed and our economy is now road oriented with problems of congestion, delays, pollution and many costs never taken into account.

Photo: Port of London Authority

All the evidence suggests that environmentally water transport is a more friendly mode so we should use it wherever possible – that certainly includes London’s waterways. One 1,000 tonne barge on the Thames means 40 fewer lorries on roads. Perhaps the message is not being lost. From two million tonnes moved on the Thames in 2011 the total in 2012 jumped to 3.3 million – sand, gravel, waste, petroleum products, vegetable oils and tunnelling spoil. Thames Water’s Lea Tunnel provided 850,000 tonnes of barge traffic. Tunnel spoil from Crossrail’s Canary Wharf station was moved out by barge and as tunnelling continues as much as four million tonnes -4-

of spoil will be moved out by water to the Wallasea island reclamation on the Crouch River. The Thames Tunnel for sewage will also create four to five million tonnes of spoil and wharves will be created. Water transport is already used to import lining sections and other construction materials and equipment for tunnel projects. Many wharves have been redeveloped and lost to freight use but there can be no water transport without what the Port of London has called the slip roads to the water highway. On the Thames since 1997 there have been ‘safeguarded’ wharves and with recent growth of traffic some have been reactivated. On Bow Creek wharves are in use at levels last seen in the 1960s. The boroughs should ensure that sites suitable for handling freight on their waterways are identified and given some form of protection. The London Legacy Delivery Company should do the same for the Olympic Park/ Lee Navigation corridor. It is hoped that the IWA’s Vivian Bulkely-Johnson award for a firm making a significant contribution to freight by water will be presented to S Walsh & Sons of Brentwood during Canalway Cavalcade. David Hilling IWA Vice President

what’s ha We have a whole range of children’s activities, including games, a treasure hunt and craft activities. Youngsters can try kayaking and learn water safety on the canal beside the Paddington Towpath, near Bishop’s Bridge, thanks to the Pirate Castle in Camden. Life jackets and full instruction will be provided. You can also go on board their new boat Pirate Prince and learn more about the activities at the Pirate Castle. In Rembrandt Gardens, throughout the Festival there’ll be performances of Punch and Judy and on Sunday, at 15:00, if you go down to Rembrandt Gardens you’ll be sure to find a Teddy Bears’ Picnic. Bubble of Fun, walking on water, is located on the other side of the canal, on the Paddington Towpath, between the two statues. Elsdale II Floating Classroom is back with us again this year and will be showing children how to do salt dough modelling and other crafts, from 14:30—17:00 on Saturday and 11:00—17:00 on Sunday and Monday. The Floating Classroom on the Electric Barge will also be keeping the children amused with their Creepy Crawlies Show and Recycled Arts and Crafts workshops. You can collect more information about these activities from our Information Points on the Paddington and South Towpaths; in the Waterspace Office on the North Towpath, in the IWA marquee on Warwick Crescent, on the boat Jena moored alongside the Paddington Towpath or at the work camp compound on the Stone Wharf. To find these please refer to the Site Plan on pages 10-11 In addition, during the Festival, the Puppet Theatre Barge will be performing their Puppet Shows The Hare & The Tortoise and other Tales from Aesop at 11:00 am and 15:00 on Saturday and 12:00 noon and 15:00 on Sunday and Monday aboard May Brent on the North Towpath. Advance booking recommended: telephone 020 7249 6876, email or via their website Prices: Children and concessions £8.50, adults £10, credit and debit cards accepted. If wet, some events will move to the Entertainments Marquee on the Stone Wharf or in a building close to the Standing Statues on the Paddington Towpath * For safety reasons please avoid the towpath around the Pool on Sunday evening. The best viewing positions are from the raised pavements of the roads around the Pool. ALL TIMINGS & LOCATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO ALTERATION

saturday highlights 10:00 11:00 12:00 13:00

Site Opens Real Ale Bar opens Children's Workshop Music & Songs with Braunston Pickle & Chucklefoot 14:00 Opening Ceremony 14:15 Steve Strickland's Noyze Boyze 14:30 Punch & Judy

Stone Wharf Entertainments Marquee, Stone Wharf Entertainments Marquee, Stone Wharf Horse Bridge overlooking the Pool Jazz by the Pool Rembrandt Gardens -6-

ppening 14:30 15:00 15:00 15:00 15:30 16:00

Pageant of Boats Chucklefoot One Man Band The All Sing! Harrow Road Community Choir Phoenix Morris Side Punch & Judy Music & Songs with Braunston Pickle & Chucklefoot 16:00 The Pageant of Boats returns accompanied by Steve Strickland's Noyze Boyze 17:00 The Real Ale Bar closes 18:00 Site closes

Through the Pool Paddington Towpath Entertainments Marquee, Stone Wharf Standing Statues, Paddington Towpath Rembrandt Gardens Entertainments Marquee, Stone Wharf Through the Pool

sunday highlights 08:00 10:00 10:00 11:00 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:00 12:45 13:00 13:00 14:00 14:00 14:00 14:30 14:30 15:00 15:00 15:30 15:45 17:30 18:00

Communion Service Elsdale II moored on Paddington Towpath Site opens Church Army multi-denominational service Entertainments Marquee, Stone Wharf Real Ale Bar opens The Stone Wharf Boat Handling Competition (Part 1) Sponsored by Porter & Co In the Pool Children's Workshop Entertainments Marquee, Stone Wharf Merrydowners Morris Side Standing Statues, Paddington Towpath Jazz on the Island - Bob Dwyer's Jazz Band Island Bandstand in the Pool Blessing of the boats by Father Gary Bradley, Vicar of Little Venice On the Horse Bridge, overlooking the Pool Punch & Judy Rembrandt Gardens Music & Songs with Braunston Pickle Entertainments Marquee, Stone Wharf Ukebox Jury - Ukulele Band Entertainments Marquee, Stone Wharf Punch & Judy Rembrandt Gardens Jazz on the Island - Bob Dwyer's Jazz Band Island Bandstand in the Pool IWA with London Walks: Towpath walk - Kensal Green Cemetery to Little Venice Meet at Kensal Green station £9 (£7 conc.) Merrydowners Morris Side Standing Statues, Paddington Towpath Church Street Community Singers Entertainments Marquee, Stone Wharf Teddy Bears’ Picnic Rembrandt Gardens Boat Handling Competition (Part 2) Sponsored by Porter & Co In the Pool Ukebox Jury - Ukulele Band Entertainments Marquee, Stone Wharf Real Ale Bar closes Site closes

Evening 20:30 The Rhythm & Blues Brothers 21:30 Procession of illuminated boats 22:00 The Rhythm & Blues Brothers

Island Bandstand in the Pool * In the Pool * Island Bandstand in the Pool * -7-

monday highlights 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:45 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:00 13:30 14:00 14:00 14:00 14:30 15:00 15:00 15:45 16:30 17:00

Site opens Boat Handling Competition (Part 3) Real Ale Bar opens Music & Songs with Braunston Pickle Sharp's Morris Side South Westminster Community Choir Awards Ceremony Punch & Judy Jazz on the Island - Bob Dwyer's Jazz Band Punch & Judy Ukebox Jury - Ukelele Band Sharp's Morris Side Parade of historic and working boats Jazz on the Island - Bob Dwyer's Jazz Band South Westminster Community Choir Ukebox Jury - Ukulele Band Real Ale Bar closes Site Closes

In the Pool Stone Wharf Entertainments Marquee, Stone Wharf Standing Statues, Paddington Towpath Entertainments Marquee, Stone Wharf Horse Bridge overlooking the Pool Rembrandt Gardens Island Bandstand in the Pool Rembrandt Gardens Entertainments Marquee, Stone Wharf Standing Statues, Paddington Towpath Canal by Paddington Towpath & in the Pool Island Bandstand in the Pool Entertainments Marquee, Stone Wharf Entertainments Marquee, Stone Wharf

towpath walks

If Cavalcade has excited your interest in London’s canals then you might want to explore further. IWA volunteer guides support The Towpath Walks Society, which arranges a regular series of guided walks along the city’s canals in association with London Walks. They last just over two hours and take place on two Sunday afternoons each month. The walks start and finish at a tube or DLR station. You can even join one during the Festival Sunday which leaves Kensal Green Station at 2:30 pm. . The walks have been going since 1977 and have so far raised more than £23,000 towards the IWA’s work. The guides give their services free and the IWA benefits financially. All dates are Sundays, start time for all walks is 2.30 p.m. Normal charge: £9, Concessionary and Student rate: £7 Date


Start (Tube Station)

Kensal Green Cemetery-Grand Union-Little Venice Regent’s Canal: Mile End – Limehouse Regent’s Canal: Islington - Mile End The Olympics, Three Mills & Bow Back Rivers Regent’s Canal: Little Venice - Camden Regent’s Canal: Mile End – Limehouse Regents Canal: Kings Cross – Granary Building - Hitchcock’s Hackney 15 September Regent’s C: King’s Cross - Granary Building - Camden 06 October Four Hundred Years of the New River 20 October Grand Union Canal: Uxbridge - Cowley – Little Britain 03 November Regent’s Canal: Regent’s Park & R.Tyburn – Camden 05 May 19 May 02 June 16 June 07 July 04 August 18 August

Kensal Green Mile End Angel Bromley–by-Bow Warwick Avenue Mile End

King’s Cross (taxi rank) King’s Cross(taxi rank) Manor House (Finsbury Park exit) Uxbridge (High Street exit) Baker St (Baker St north/Lords exit) For more information please contact:

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Regulated by RICS

Buses: 6, 187, 414

Towards Camden Lock

Warwick Avenue



Band Stand

Little Venice

Towards Southall (Bulls Bridge)

W Horse Bridge


Key Inland Waterways Association Marquee Food stalls


Trade stands – gifts etc

Festival perimeter

Festival Real Ale bar

W Waterspace office

Festival information

S Sanitary station and boaters’ toilets

First Aid

Access to and from Cavalcade

Water Bus stop

Bus stop



IWA Canalway Cavalcade 2013 Site Plan Work Camp area Entertainments

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18, 46 Footbridge Footbridge

Morris Dancing Amphitheatre and shops

Sheldon Square

Paddington 159 332

No cycling Anywhere on the Festival site, please.

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paddington towpath Apon Reflections Beez-Neez Arts

Mounted & framed photos Jewellery, Clothes, Bags, Shoes Boatshed Grand Union Boat brokerage Bowl of Beauty Clothes Brian Hood Handpainted narrowboat enamelware Cascada Fair Trade Fair Trade Craft Chocololo Chocolate dips, drinks & confectionery Gifticuffs Gifts for musicians Go Cruise Holiday ship cruising Hidden Depths Canal Cruises Small Passenger Narrowboat Trips & Chandlery Information Stand What’s where & when IWA Inland Waterways Freight Group IWA Inland Shipping Group

John Biddall Leisure Leaping Lizards Little Venice Artisans

Children’s rides Children's clothing Handmade cards, aprons & cushions London Canal Museum Museum Lymn Bank Farm Flavoured & smoked cheeses Lyncroft Hand Made Cakes Hand made cakes Melton & Oakham Waterway Society Waterway Books, videos, tea towels Thames Water Utility The Heartistic Stroll Art workshops, Batik, face painting, music The Pirate Castle Charity - community group Traditional Irish Coffee Co Liqueurs for Irish Coffee Westcountry Cheese Over 100 varieties of cheese Yash Jani Indian ethnic handmade crafts Zead Wi Fi products for Boaters

south towpath Boatshed Grand Union Canal Experience

Boat Brokerage Boat handling courses RYA

IWA South London Branch Books, maps, cards

stone wharf Catford Modellers

Paint and Take Ceramic models

warwick crescent Adys Cards Ananya Trading Capital Travel Books Crazy Carrot Craft FunFingers Handmade by Janet Herbal Haven Inkas Crafts John Hill Foods Ltd Lucy Peach RSPB

3D greetings cards, leather goods, jewellery Clothes & accessories from Bali London walks guidebooks, cards & wooden toys Glasspainting, handbags, cards Finger puppets Glassware & cards Live herbs in pots Peruvian handmade items Fudge Jewellery Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Scrap of Sunshine Sharons Stones

Fairies, dragons, witches Hand-made children's gifts & interests Soldiers off the Street Charity Stell & Dot Jewellery Contemporary & Costume Jewellery The Elephants Trunk Co Fashion & accessories The Inland Waterways Association Campaigning for waterways conservation, restoration & use for all. Usborne Books Zena Rudder Books

where food & drink

paddington towpath Blim Bubble Teas The Candy Man The Sandwich Barge (on the canal)

Bubble Teas Candy Floss Hot & cold drinks, organic - deli plates, freshly squeezed juices, sandwiches, rolls, pastries & home made cakes

stone wharf Caribbean Hut Coopers Beans & Leaves Hire The Chef Relish the Thought Relish the Thought Hog Roast The Real German Sausage Hut The Real Meal Kitchen The Wrap Shack

Jerk chicken, pork, fish, curried chicken, goat, fried fish, plantains, rice & peas, patties, dumplings, fritters, hot & cold drinks Fresh ground coffee, organic teas, hot apple drink, chai, soup, milk shakes & home made cakes Seafood paella, mussels, stewed beeft, jerk chicken, herb rice, chips, salads, coconut bread, roasted corn, fruit salads, & fruit drinks Burgers, bacon & egg, chilli, fries, sausages, filled baguettes, fries, hot & cold drinks Hog roast & chicken barbecue German sausage, Bratwurst, Brockwurst, Curry Wurst, Krakaur, Sauerkraut Stews, roast potatoes & barbecue chicken baguettes Hot filled wraps: chicken, chorizo, Mexican beans, chicken, duck, hot & cold drinks

warwick crescent Italiano Ices Urban Cafe

Ice creams & lollies Hot & cold drinks, milk shakes, brownies, sweet pastries, cookies & focaccia

Celebrations for new walking and cycling link in Westminster

4th May 12.00pm at the bottom of St Mary’s Terrace. Sustrans and Westminster City Council will be holding a celebratory event for the completion of the new link between Paddington and St Mary’s Terrace. There will be the unveiling of the unique ‘portrait bench’, alongside a range of activities from: pedalling fruity smoothies, to setting sail your own boat. All in time for people to meander to the Canalway Cavalcade’s Pageant. For more information:


The Inland Waterways Association is a registered charity and has no funds available to subsidise Canalway Cavalcade, which is organised and run entirely by volunteers. We are therefore very much indebted to those listed below who help us to make the weekend possible: Linda & Dennis Anfuso; Boatshed Inland; Branch Out Design; Brian Hood Canalware; Canal Experience Training; Dacorum Narrowboat Project; Derwent London; DJC Sound Systems; First Class Sailing; Ingrid Wagner Rug & Art Creation; Kuranda UK Ltd., Laburnum Boat Club; London Waterbus Company; Lowery Ltd., Massis Lebanese Grill & Bar; Norbury Wharf Limited; Overwater Marina; PaddingtonCentral; Paddington Waterside Partnership; Pilcher Herschman; Porter & Co; Powerday; TfL; The Canal & River Trust; The Church Army; The Floating Boater; The London Canal Museum; The Pirate Castle; The Volunteer Police Cadets;The West London Floating Classroom; The Wyvern Shipping Co. Ltd; Tony Tucker; UK Boat Hire Ltd; Volunteer Centre, Westminster; Waterway Recovery Group; Waterways World Magazine; Westminster City Council; Wood Hall & Heward Ltd., Zead.


At each Canalway Cavalcade we award various prizes, mainly for participating boats. The following will be presented this year:

The Marcus Boudier Trophy: For the best decorated privately entered boat in Saturday’s Pageant The Ray Dunford Buckby Can Trophy: For the best decorated boat entered by a waterway or community group

The Roger Squires Trophy: Presented by St Pancras Cruising Club in recognition of Roger’s 10 years as their Commodore, it is awarded to the best novice competitor in the Boat Handling Competition which, this year, is sponsored by Porter & Co.

The Cruise Electric Trophy: For the best illuminated boat in Sunday evening’s Procession

The Vic Trott Memorial Trophy: Is open to boaters and non-boaters, awarded to the couple in the best ‘Boaters’ Sunday Best’ costume

The Graham Capelin Award: For the best entry by a boater who has not previously taken part in either the Saturday Pageant or Illuminated Boats

The Mike Stevens Memorial Trophy: Goes to the ‘Best Boat’ at Canalway Cavalcade, selected from all the boat entries at the event. It is awarded in recognition of Mike’s outstanding contribution to the IWA and Canalway Cavalcade during his lifetime.

The Westminster Trophy: Sponsored by the City of Westminster for the winner of the Boat Handling Competition, sponsored by Porter & Co.

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12th May

summer festivals

Ruislip Woods Festival: 12:00 noon to 16:30. Free admission. Willow Lawn, Ruislip Lido Reservoir Road, Ruislip HA4 7TY. Go to for more information

18th & 19th May

Rickmansworth Canal Festival. 10:30 until 22:30 Saturday and until 17:30 Sunday Rickmansworth Aquadrome and along the canal between Batchworth and Stockers Locks. Waterspace & boat entries For more information go to: or telephone: 01923 778382; Office Mobile 07875 393703; Email:

5th to 7th July

Ware Boat Festival on the River Lee at Ware. Parade of decorated boats, boat handling competition, the Town’s Carnival Procession and Town Fair. Contact: 01279 860507, mobile: 07801 260579 or email:

13th & 14th July

Kingston Regatta & River Festival. For more information contact: John: Tel: 07913569869; email from

19th to 21st July

IWA National Waterways Festival, Cassiobury Park, on the Grand Union Canal at Watford. For more information, tickets or boat entry forms please visit the IWA website at: For general enquiries: telephone 07885 3499033 or email:

1st September

Angel Canal Festival: Regents Canal, Islington, London N1. Enquiries: Tel: 0121 244 8439 or 07973 504212 or email:

7th & 8th September

Slough Canal Festival

14th & 15th September

Mayor’s Thames Festival: Thames Embankment - near Tower Bridge.

fancy a dirty weekend? Waterway Recovery Group had its origins in waterways restoration working during the 1960s, but formally came into being in 1970. The aim was to be the coordinating force, not centred upon any individual project but backing up and assisting local groups on any worthwhile restoration project. A lot of voluntary work has to be done at the weekend, and between them WRG's regional groups ensure that almost every weekend there will be volunteers at work somewhere in the country restoring the waterways. Despite being 'regional' groups, most attract volunteers from various parts of the country. WRG also organises week long working holidays called ‘canal camps’ offering volunteers the chance to learn new skills such as bricklaying, stone walling, machine operation and restoration techniques. WRG has helped restore many derelict waterways throughout Britain - one of WRG's largest projects has been the complete rebuilding of the four Frankton Locks and the three Aston Locks on the Montgomery Canal, which passes through the spectacular Welsh Borders.

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Other projects include the construction of Over Basin on the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal and more recently the restoration of Droitwich Barge Lock in the Midlands. Thanks to the hard work of the volunteers, many canals have been reopened, while others are well on the way. Costs between ÂŁ8 & ÂŁ15 (includes food & accommodation) Accommodation is basic, you will need to bring a sleeping bag and karrimat Transport: WRG can pick you up from the nearest rail/bus station or try and find you a lift For more information contact: Jenny Black email: Or visit the website:

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