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
July 2018 events
26th July 2018 Tunnel Boat Trips Thursday 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 1130 1230 1400 and 1500. Adult 9, child 6 including museum entry. A unique London boat trip! See details and book online.
August 2018 events
1st August 2018 Watery Wednesday A day of activities for children aged roughly 6-12. Join us to take a short boat trip on The Regent's Canal and spot the local birds, follow the butterfly life cycle trail and create a coffee filter art butterfly or an imaginary bird. Plant some seeds to help to feed the butterflies (or at least their caterpillars!) and make a snazzy pipecleaner bird feeder. Sessions from 1030-1200 and 1330-1500. Participating children 4. Accompanying adults at normal entry charges.
2nd August 2018 Guided towpath walk to Camden Town departing at 1830
8th August 2018 Watery Wednesday A day of activities for children aged roughly 6-12. Join us to take a short boat trip on The Regent's Canal and spot the local birds, follow the butterfly life cycle trail and create a coffee filter art butterfly or an imaginary bird. Plant some seeds to help to feed the butterflies (or at least their caterpillars!) and make a snazzy pipecleaner bird feeder. Sessions from 1030-1200 and 1330-1500. Participating children 4. Accompanying adults at normal entry charges.
9th August 2018 Tunnel Boat Trips Thursday 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 1130 1230 1400 and 1500. Adult 9, child 6 including museum entry. A unique London boat trip! See details and book online.
12th August 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.
15th August 2018 Watery Wednesday A day of activities for children aged roughly 6-12, including short boat trips. Theme: Carry on Canals Take a short trip on The Regent's Canal and see where cargoes used to be unloaded can you spot the cranes? Make something delicious using ingredients that travelled by canal (not suitable for dairy allergy sufferers) or build a boat to transport an awkward cargo can you keep it afloat? Make and decorate your own paper narrowboat and create a crane can you lift our mini-cargoes?. Sessions from 1030-1200 and 1330-1500. Participating children 4. Accompanying adults at normal entry charges.
22nd August 2018 Watery Wednesday A day of activities for children aged roughly 6-12, including short boat trips. Theme: Carry on Canals Take a short trip on The Regent's Canal and see where cargoes used to be unloaded can you spot the cranes? Make something delicious using ingredients that travelled by canal (not suitable for dairy allergy sufferers) or build a boat to transport an awkward cargo can you keep it afloat? Make and decorate your own paper narrowboat and create a crane can you lift our mini-cargoes?. Sessions from 1030-1200 and 1330-1500. Participating children 4. Accompanying adults at normal entry charges.
23rd August 2018 Tunnel Boat Trips Thursday 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 1130 1230 1400 and 1500. Adult 9, child 6 including museum entry. A unique London boat trip! See details and book online.
26th August 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.
September 2018 events
6th September 2018 Illustrated talk: The Tideway Tunnel by Nick Tennant. The project has been under way for over a year. Nick will explain the background and update us on tunnelling progress for this major infrastructure project.
9th September 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.
13th September 2018 Tunnel Boat Trips Thursday 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 1130 1230 1400 and 1500. Adult 9, child 6 including museum entry. A unique London boat trip! See details and book online.
23rd September 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.
27th September 2018 Tunnel Boat Trips Thursday 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 1130 1230 1400 and 1500. Adult 9, child 6 including museum entry. A unique London boat trip! See details and book online.
October 2018 events
4th October 2018 Illustrated talk: The Uttoxeter and Caldon Canals by Steve Wood. Steve will tell us about the Caldon Canal and the plans that are afoot to re-open part of the Uttoxeter Canal near the head of navigation.
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.
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 and 1600. 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. Pricng and timetable to be announced for 2018. Event runs 1530-2145.
November 2018 events
1st November 2018 Illustrated talk: The Shrewsbury and Newport Canals 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.
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.

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