All events

A complete list of all BCNS events planned

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  • Saturday 27 August 2016 - Monday 29 August 2016

    IWA Festival of Water 2016

     The IWA festival is at Pelsall this year - details on this link.

    We are running an Explorer Cruise for them, finishing at the Pelsall Rally.

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    Last Updated: 28 Feb 16

  • Thursday 01 September 2016

    The Story of English Pub Signs

    A talk by Dorothy Nicolle Author and Blue Badge Tourist Guide for the Heart of England about the history of many of our favourite pub signs and which also explores the important part that pubs have played in our history generally.

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    Last Updated: 05 Nov 15

  • Friday 02 September 2016 - Sunday 04 September 2016

    Witymoor Island Boat Gathering

    A Disney theme to this year's gathering.

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    Last Updated: 13 Jan 16

  • Saturday 03 September 2016

    Tipton Festival - cleanup beforehand

    Helping clean up around the site of the Tipton festival.

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    Last Updated: 11 Nov 15

  • Friday 09 September 2016 - Sunday 11 September 2016

    Black Country Boating Festival

    The Black Country Boating Festival - details on the link.

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    • Venue:Windmill End
    • Contact:Paddy Grice
    • Phone:0844 800 5076

    Last Updated: 13 Jan 16

  • Friday 16 September 2016 - Sunday 18 September 2016

    Tipton Canal & Community Festival 2016

    The Tipton Canal & Community Fesitval is now in its 9th year and has become very popular with the local community and visitors from far and wide. 

    It is held on and by the Birmingham Old Main Line Canal in Tipton. 

    This year's attractions include: working and trip boats, arts, crafts and bling fair, live entertainment, various trade, charity and carboot stalls, children's rides, canal crafts, real ales, a wide range of food and drink and much more. 

    From, 11am until 5pm at

    Neptune Health Park
    Sedgley Road West DY4 8PX

    Contact Steve Downing
    Tel 0121 557 0371 or 07958 684 716

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    Last Updated: 13 Jan 16

  • Sunday 02 October 2016

    Not the Festival of Water and Light

    A totally informal gathering of boats to cover themselves with lights and do a parade of lights around the waterfront at Merry Hill.

    Meet up in the afternoon, on the moorings between the waterfront and the Delph, and put up lights etc.  (Come anyway, even if you don't have lights - someone can probably lend you some)

    After dark a parade of sail (sail ??) between the north end of the waterfront and the winding point just above the Delph.  

    Then a barbeque (done rather informally - bring and share), with the near certainty that Paddy will just happen to have a couple of firkins of ale on his boat.

    This is the successor to The Festival of Water and Light, run by Dudley Council, that fell victim to council funding cuts.

    (Note that most canal guides do not mark a winding hole above the Delph.  There is a point where boats up to 60' - and perhaps a foot or so longer - can wind.  The nearest proper winding hole in this direction is the spur between locks one and two, that was the start of the orighinal lock flight.  Ask others for the exact location.

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    • Venue:Waterfront, Merry Hill
    • Time:19:00
    • Contact:Paddy Grice

    Last Updated: 06 Oct 15

  • Thursday 06 October 2016

    The Canal at Coombswood

    A Talk by Black Country historian and author Keith Hodgkins detailing a history of the Dudley No 2 canal from Coombswood to Hawne Basin looking at the tube works and tube traffic to the interchange basin

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    Last Updated: 06 Oct 15

  • Friday 04 November 2016 - Sunday 06 November 2016

    End of Season Rally 2016

    This year we are having an end of season rally at Titford Pumphouse, rather than a bonfire rally. Real ale, live music and food - a good weekend out.

    The Society AGM will be on the Friday evening.

    If you are coming by boat, you will need an entry form, available a little nearer the time. If you are coming by any other means, just turn up.

    If you need more information, contact Dave Dent by email from this link or by phoning him on 07774 605336.

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    Last Updated: 21 Aug 16

  • Thursday 10 November 2016

    Mon & Brec Canal

    A talk by Ken Turner giving a brief overview of the Canals of South Wales and in particular the history, present day condition and ongoing restoration of the Mon & Brec including a photographic journey along the 35 miles from Pontnewydd to Brecon.

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    Last Updated: 08 Oct 15

  • Friday 02 December 2016

    Christmas Social

    More details to follow 

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    • Venue:Marriott Hotel
    • Contact:Dave Dent

    Last Updated: 28 Jun 16

  • Saturday 27 May 2017 - Sunday 28 May 2017

    BCNS 24 hour Marathon Challenge 2017

    This year is the 50th year of the BCN Marathon Challenge - first run by the IWA in 1967!

    Start planning your routes now - start anywhere on the BCN that you wish, and finish at Titford Pump House at 14:00 on the Sunday

    The event is open to everyone with a boat licensed for use on British Waterways canals.  Historic working boats and pairs are welcome.

    A friendly competition, starting at 08:00 on 28 May, wherever on the BCNS you want to start, and finishing at 14:00 on 29 May at Hawne Basin with a compulsory 6 hours rest.

    The winner is determined by a point system, with extra points for full length boats, butties, small crews, cruising the lesser travelled parts of the BCN.  

    Links to the information, rules and the entry form will be added later.

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    Last Updated: 25 Aug 16