All events

A complete list of all BCNS events planned

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  • Friday 19 August 2016 - Friday 26 August 2016

    Explorer Cruise to the IWA Festival of Water

    Friday 19th August
    Meet at Titford Pumphouse - the BCN Society meeting room, and the high point of the BCN - 511 ft.
    There will be a gathering to discuss the cruise, followed by an informal social evening.

    If you arrive early, there is the opportunity to cruise to the Titford Pools, and advice on the best route will be available.  Give it a go, and get your boat a free plaque from the BCNS.

    Saturday 20th August, to Tipton (4 miles,6 locks, 3-4 hours)
    Leave moorings and descend the Titford locks (The Crow) We will be assisted by BCNS lockwheelers during the flight.
    Turn left on the Old Main Line at Oldbury Junction, through Tividale and moor at Tipton Green. Moor on visitor moorings on the ‘John the Lock’ moorings on the Neptune medical centre side adjacent to Owen St Bridge, or opposite. Historical talk and presentation at a local venue planned.

    Sunday 21st August, to Wednesfield Junction (7 miles 0 locks 4 hrs)
    Leave moorings and continue on the Old Main Line towards Wolverhampton, through Coseley, passing Deepfields Junction, with option to explore this arm to the Bradley workshop. On to Horseley Fields Junction and turn right on the Wireley & Essington Canal. Moor in or around the Bentley Arm at Wednesfield Junction. Social get together at the Nickelodeon pub.

    Monday 22nd August to Walsall town basin(9 miles 8 locks 6 hrs)
    Leave Wednesfield and continue on the Wyrley & Essington through Lane Head, Sneyd Junction and turn right at Birchills Junction. Now on the Walsall canal descend the Wallsall locks (8) then turn left into Walsall town arm and moor in the town basin.

    Tuesday 23rd August, to Moorcroft Junction (4 miles 0 locks 2-3 hrs)
    Leave Walsall town basin turning left on the Walsall canal through Pleck, Darlaston & Moxley and moor at Moorcroft Junction.
    At around noon we will take a 1.5 mile leisurely walk to the Bradley workshops lock gate manufacturing facility.
    We plan to walk on a well defined footpath up the remaining lock flight levels, then on the original canal embankment to the Bradley workshops where we will be met by CRT staff and allowed to tour the lock gate manufacturing workshops.
    After the visit, an optional detour around the Wednesbury Oak Loop and Gospel Oak. Bankside social get together planned.

    Wednesday 24th August, to Longwood Junction (7 miles 9 locks 4 hrs)
    Continue on the Walsall canal to Ocker Hill and turn left on the Tame valley canal passing the M5/M6 junction (where frequently canal boats travel fater than cars!) over many aqueducts to Newton Junction.
    Here turn left on the Rushall canal ascend the Rushall locks and moor at Longwood junction. Here we will be met by Longwood Boat Club members to assist in moorings. An evening fish & chips supper and fundraising raffle in the Club House is planned.

    Thursday 25th August to Anglesey basin (8 miles 0 locks 3 hrs)
    Leave the Longwood Boat Club to continue on the Daw End canal though Walsall Wood to Catshill Junction. Here turn right on the Anglesey Branch, passing Ogley Junction and moor in and around the Anglesey basin.
    There are excellent walks around the old colliery nature reserve and a visit of the Chasewater reservoir visitor attractions is strongly recommended.

    Friday 26th August, to Pelsall Common (5 miles 0 locks 2-3 hrs)
    Leave Anglesey Basin and return to Catshill Junction, turn right, go through Brownhills and continue on to Pelsall. On arrival, boaters will be directed where to moor at the Pelsall Common rally site.

    All moorings on the route have been tried and tested. In some locations, we will need to breast up in 2 or 3 deep.
    On all of the major lock flights we will be assisted by BCNS lockwheelers.

    Note: This explorer cruise is for boaters attending the IWA Festival of Water at Pelsall, however this must be booked separately.

    Application forms are available from the IWA Festival of Water website.

    Last Updated: 10 Mar 16

  • 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