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 on occasional dates, 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.

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

Temporary Exhibitions

Children's Holiday Activities

Holiday fun for families with our additional materials during the school half-terms and holidays. Visit Wednesday Workshops and Holiday Fun

Full List of Events

Date Event
March 2020
5th March 2020 Illustrated talk: Changes of Level by Edwin Fasham. One of the key features of canals is the way in which they enable boats to go uphill. Various ideas, over the years, have facilitated the mechanisms by which this is achieved. Edwin will call on his many travels to identify various examples of locks, lifts and other devices and how they operate.
18th March 2020 Special Event: Wildlife on London's Canals A joint event with King's Place. In the 200th anniversary year of the building of the Regent's Canal, discover the huge range of wildlife living within, beside and above Londonís canals and waterways. David Courtnedge works for the London Wildlife Trust as Officer for the pan-London Water for Wildlife project. This work involves running volunteer wildlife surveys, practical freshwater management and capital improvement works that focus on the restoration and naturalisation of Londonís waterbodies. David has expertise in dragonfly and freshwater ecology as well as riverine and freshwater enhancement techniques that benefit wildlife. See details and bookings page to book.
27th March 2020 Home Education Workshop for home-educated children. Book at least 7 days ahead. See Activities for Children for themes and booking link.
27th March 2020 Special Event: Regent's Canal Quiz Night A joint event with London Historians Association. Doors open 1800 for a 1900 start to give time to brush up your knowledge as many of the questions will be on the history of The Regent's Canal and associated topics. Tickets £6. Cash bar available. See details and booking page to book.
April 2020
2nd April 2020 Illustrated talk: The Manchester Ship Canal by Richard Thomas. Opened in 1894, it was Britain's last and greatest canal. It was an entirely local venture undertaken without any government financial backing. In its heyday, it transformed Manchester into the country's third busiest port. Richard will explain its history and development.
8th April 2020 Wednesday Workshop for children. Morning and afternoon half-day workshops. Paint a pot, plant a seed. Learn simple canal painting and decorate a plant pot to take home, complete with a sunflower seed to plant and compost to plant it in. Pricing and booking at Wednesday Workshops and Holiday Activities page.
15th April 2020 Wednesday Workshop for children. Morning and afternoon half-day workshops. Bee Friendly. Make a bee hotel for the garden and do some bee crafts. Pricing and booking at Wednesday Workshops and Holiday Activities page.
30th April 2020 Home Education Workshop for home-educated children. Book at least 7 days ahead. See Activities for Children for themes and booking link.
May 2020
7th May 2020 Illustrated talk: The Bedford to Milton Keynes Waterway by speaker to be announced.
27th May 2020 Wednesday Workshop for children. Morning and afternoon half-day workshops. Get Moving. Create a self-propelling boat and a hovercraft from things we might otherwise throw away. Bookings and pricing at Wednesday Workshops and Holiday Activities page.
29th May 2020 Home Education Workshop for home-educated children. Book at least 7 days ahead. See Activities for Children for themes and booking link.
June 2020
4th June 2020 Illustrated talk: The Melton Navigation and Oakham Canal by Paul Dadford
27th May 2020 Home Education Workshop for home-educated children. Book at least 7 days ahead. See Activities for Children for themes and booking link.
27th June 2020 Special Event Regency Soiree celebrating 200 years of The Regent's Canal with a evening of Regency entertainment including dance demonstrations, sea shanties, a juggler. Snacks provided. Cash bar available. £20 (£18 concessions) See booking and details page to book.
July 2020
2nd July 2020 Illustrated talk: A Birmingham Canals Miscellany by Phillip Clayton
12th August 2020 Wednesday Workshop for children. Morning and afternoon half-day workshops. Commemoration. Create a replica plaque to commemorate the 200th anniversary of The Regent's Canal. Book at Wednesday Workshops and Holiday Activities page.
19th August 2020 Wednesday Workshop for children. Morning and afternoon half-day workshops. Cooking with the Cargoes. Many foodstuffs travelled by canal. Have a go at making yummy food with some of them. Book online at Wednesday Workshops and Holiday Activities page.
26th August 2020 Wednesday Workshop for children. Morning and afternoon half-day workshops. And Now Here is the News. Have a go at making newspaper plant pots and baskets. Book online at at Wednesday Workshops and Holiday Activities page.
September 2020
3rd September 2020 Illustrated talk: The Tideway Tunnel by Jordan Newall
October 2020
1st October 2020 Illustrated talk: City Road Basin by Giles Eyre
28th October 2020 Wednesday Workshop for children. Morning and afternoon half-day workshops. Feed the Birds. Make milk carton bird feeders and bird cake, ready for the cold Winter months. Book online at Wednesday Workshops and Holiday Activities page.
November 2020
5th November 2020 Illustrated talk: The Erewash Canal by John Bayliss
December 2020
3rd December 2020 Illustrated talk: Limehouse and its basin by Jeremy Batch

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