What's on at the London Canal Museum

Walks, talks, boat trips, and more

What's On

There is plenty going on at London Canal Museum. We have regular monthly illustrated talks in the evening, aimed at adults with an interest in industrial heritage and canals. We have a programme of towpath walks in spring summer and autumn, and summer boat trips through the long Islington Tunnel on certain dates. We have occasional special days of activities for families or adults. We also occasionally offer roses and castles painting courses, and other events.

Illustrated Talks

Illustrated talks are held at 7.30 pm, on the first Thursday of each month except August. Most speakers illustrate their presentations with photographs. The museum is open 1000 to 1930 on the first Thursday of each month. Admission to talks and museum is charged at the usual museum admission charges. The programme is given below. In the event of any last minute changes to lectures or other events the site will be updated if sufficient notice is available.

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A short narrowboat entering the mouth of Islington Tunnel on one of our guided tours.

Temporary Exhibitions

Full List of Events

Date Event
September 2018 events
October 2018 events
14th October 2018 Tunnel Boat Trips Sunday trips through the three-quarters-of-a-mile long Islington tunnel by boat from the museum. The return trip lasts about 50 minutes and a guide from the museum normally travels with you to give a historical commentry as you cruise. Departure times 1100 1200 1400 1500 and 1600. Adult 9, child 6 including museum entry. A unique London boat trip! See details and book online.
21st October 2018 Roses and Castles painting Workshop Learn the traditional canal craft of Roses and Castles painting at London Canal Museum with artist Tricia Parrott. The courses are for all ability levels and aimed primarily at adults. Price 30. Times 1030 to 1600. See details and book online.
24th October 2018 Watery Wednesday A day of activities for children aged roughly 6-12, including short boat trips plus quizzes, crafts and challenges on a Halloween theme. Sessions from 1030-1200 and 1330-1500. Participating children 4. Accompanying adults at normal entry charges.
28th October 2018 Tunnel Boat Trips Sunday trips through the three-quarters-of-a-mile long Islington tunnel by boat from the museum. The return trip lasts about 50 minutes and a guide from the museum normally travels with you to give a historical commentry as you cruise. Departure times 1100 1200 1400 1500. Adult 9, child 6 including museum entry. A unique London boat trip! See details and book online.
27th & 28th October 2018 The Amazing Halloween Experience in partnership with Camden Canals and Narrowboat Association. Enjoy a ghostly cruise through a long dark canal tunnel and beware of the frights! In the museum, enjoy face-painting, ghost story telling, and lots of lights and decorations. Full details and online booking here.
November 2018 events
1st November 2018 Illustrated talk: The Waterways of Ireland by Dr Roger Squires. The World Canals Conference was held in Ireland in 2018, and Roger will tell us about some of the sites visited and some of the waterways of Ireland.
25th November 2018 Roses and Castles painting Workshop Learn the traditional canal craft of Roses and Castles painting at London Canal Museum with artist Tricia Parrott. The courses are for all ability levels and aimed primarily at adults. Price 30. Times 1030 to 1600. See details and book online.
December 2018 events
6th December 2018 Illustrated talk: Islington Tunnel by Lester Hillman. Lester will tell us about the dramas of the building and subsequent operation of London's longest canal tunnel, the Islington Tunnel of The Regent's Canal.
2019 events
3rd January 2019 Illustrated talk: Grain Trade to Coxes Mill by Di Murrell
7th February 2019 Illustrated talk: The Derby and Sandiacre Canal by Chris Madge
7th March 2019 Illustrated talk: The Shrewsbury and Newport Canal by Brian Nelson. Brian will tell us about the history of these canals and the features on them. He will outline the progress being made towards their restoration.
4th April 2019 Illustrated talk: The Thames River Police: Forefathers of Modern Policing by Martin Wells
2nd May 2019 Illustrated talk: The Basingstoke Canal - Heros and Villains by Roger Cansdale
6th June 2019 Illustrated talk: The Suez Canal by Dr. Roger Squires
4th July 2019 Illustrated talk: World War Two - Women Canal Boaters by David Padfield
5th September 2019 Illustrated talk: To be announced
3rd October 2019 Illustrated talk: Brindley and the Reading and Isleworth Canal by Victoria Owens
7th November 2019 Illustrated talk: The Chelmer and Other Essex Waterways by John Pomfret
5th December 2019 Illustrated talk: to be announced

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