All events

A complete list of all BCNS events planned

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  • Thursday 03 September 2015

    BCN Canals from the air

    Martin couples his profound knowledge of the BCN with the Aerofilms historic aerial photography of the UK to provide an outstanding, but very different view of the BCN. 

    For those fortunate enough to listen to Martin's talk on this in the new Birmingham library in the summer of 2014, this is not the same talk - but I'm sure will be as good, or better.

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    Last Updated: 12 Oct 14

  • Saturday 05 September 2015 - Tuesday 15 September 2015

    Tipton Festival - cleanup beforehand

    Helping clean up around the site of the Tipton festival.

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    Last Updated: 09 Jan 15

  • Friday 11 September 2015 - Saturday 19 September 2015

    BCN Explorer Cruise B start Birmingham City Centre

    This cruise is now fully booked.

    There will be some 20 boats Enjoing the northern reaches of the Birmingham Canal Navigation system with fellow boaters and visit the BW workshops at Bradley, and an historical talk en route.

    Friday 11th September.

    Boaters to meet in Birmingham City canal area. Starting with an Informal evening meeting outside the Sealife Centre (Old Turn Junction) to discuss cruise, and afterwards an evening get-together at one of the local CAMRA recommended pubs.

    Day 1 Saturday 12th September, to Titford (6 miles 9 locks 5 hrs)

    Boats to leave moorings continue on the Main Line to Smethwick. Here we have a choice of 3 lock rises to the Old Main Line to continue towards Oldbury Junction where we ascend the Titford locks (aka The Crow) to the Titford Pumphouse.

    A social evening is planned at the BCNS headquarters in the Pump-house.

    Day 2 Sunday 13th September, to Wednesfield(11 miles 6 locks 6 hrs)  

    Boats to leave Titford and descend the Titford locks. Turn left at Oldbury Junction, continue on the Old Main Line through Tipton, Coseley to Horseley Fields Junction. Turn right on the W & E canal and continue to Wednesfield.  Moor in and around the Bentley Arm outside the Nickelodeon pub. 

    Day3 Monday 14th September, to Pelsall Common (12 miles 0 locks 4 hrs)

    Leave Wednesfield and continue on the Wyrley & Essington canal through Lane Head, Sneyd, Birchills, Goscote and moor at Pelsall Common.

    Day 4 Tuessday 15th September, to Longwood (13 miles 0 locks 5 hrs)

    Leave Pelsall junction and continue to Catshill Junction. Visit of Anglesey Basin, return to Catshill and take the Daw End canal. Moor at Longwood Boat Club where a fish & chips evening is planned.

    Day 5 Wednesday 16th September, to Moorcroft Junction (7 miles 9 locks 6 hrs)

    Leave Longwood and descend the Rushall locks and travel to Rushall Junction, turn right on the Tame Valley Canal to Ocker Hill and then turn right on the Walsall canal to moor adjacent to Moorcroft Junction and Willingsworth Hall Bridge.

     Day 6 Thursday 17th September, to Walsall Town basin (4 miles 0 locks 2-3 hrs)

    Morning 1.5 mile leisurely walk to the Bradley workshops lock gate manufacturing facility. During this walk and visit we will be joined by local canal historian.

    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 facility.

    After the visit, an optional detour around the Wednesbury Oak Loop and Gospel Oak  Branch will take us back to our moorings.

    We plan to leave moorings early afternoon and travel to Walsall town basin.

    Day 6 Friday 18th September, to Tipton.(10 miles 11 locks 6 hrs)

    Leave Walsall town basin and return on the Walsall canal past the Tame Valley Junction and ascend the Ryders Green locks to the New Main Line. Here again we have a choice of 3 lock rises to the Old Main Line to moor at Tipton Green adjacent to the Neptune Centre. Here we will be directed by the Tipton Festival personnel where to moor for the festival.

    Day 7 Saturday 19th September

    Morning historical talk at the Tipton library.

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    Last Updated: 17 Feb 15

  • Saturday 19 September 2015 - Sunday 20 September 2015

    Tipton Canal & Community Festival 2015

    The Tipton Canal & Community Fesitval is now in its 8th 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. 

    19 and 20 September 2015 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: 27 Aug 15

  • Thursday 01 October 2015

    Managing water - too little, too much, just right

    How is the water for our canals managed.  Dr Adam Comerford is the man responsible for C&RT water management, and reveals it in fascinating detail.

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    Last Updated: 12 Oct 14

  • Saturday 03 October 2015

    Festival of Light (or not)

    Bring your boat and yourselves and some lights!

    Meet up during the afternoon at the moorings beyond the Wharf pub.  We'll put our lights on the boat and wait for it to get dark, then a parade of lights to the top of the Delph and back to Merry Hill basin a few times.

    Warm grub and real ale laid on for participants in this fun boaters event.

    For more info contact Chris Morgan (Bogwoppit) - phone below

    If you haven't been there, you can find it on Canal Planner as "Waterfront - Brierley Hill".

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    • Venue:Merry Hill Waterfront
    • Contact:Chris Morgan
    • Phone:07974 111354

    Last Updated: 11 Jul 15

  • Friday 30 October 2015 - Sunday 01 November 2015

    Bonfire Rally 2015

    Bonfire Rally at the Engine Arm Junction, at the top of Smethwick locks.  

    If you are not coming by boat, head to Smethwick Enterprise Centre, Rolfe Street, Smethwick B66 2AR.  It is only a hundred yards or so from Smethwick Rolfe Street station. 

    Click this link to see where it is on Google Maps 

    Real ale, fireworks, live music and a barbeque - a good weekend out.

    Everyone welcome, - boaters, local residents and everyone else who would like to see a cracking good firework display.

    The Society AGM will be on the Friday evening, with a sausage casserole afterwords (booking on on the entry form). 

    Get an application form here.  (At the moment this application is actually for the 2014 rally - I will update it in the next day or so)

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    • Venue:Smethwick Top Lock / Engine Arm

    Last Updated: 21 Aug 15

  • Thursday 05 November 2015

    Industry and Canals in the Stourbridge Area

    Ned Williams is a well known local historian with expertise in the Stourport area. His website shows some of his range of interest and talent.

    He has produced many books about the Brierley Hill and the Black Country - his most recent, in March 2014 is The Earl of Dudley’s Railway - a history of the Pensnett railway.

    This evening he will take a revised look at the town from a canal-based perspective. This isn't the perspective that he adopted in his books so it will involve him taking a fresh look at the Brierley Hill area!

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    Last Updated: 12 Oct 14

  • Saturday 28 November 2015

    A welcome t'the winter - with Billy Spake Mon!


    Billy Spake Mon and John Langford

    for an evening of black country music and mirth - with real black country ale as well!

    The new White House Cancer Support CD will be launched this evening.  

    Tickets - £5 - can be reserved to pay at the door.

    Contact Billy - - (phone below) or Charley - email below

    How to get to Titford Pump House? - follow this link, for instructions to find it by boat, train, bus or car.

    After the sell out performance in June, we are having another show.

    This time we will have some real black country ale as well black country music and laughs!

    More details here



    Last Updated: 21 Aug 15

  • Friday 04 December 2015

    Christmas Social

    We haven't decided where we will have the 2015 social - we will update the site, and let you know (if you are a BCN Society Member) by email around October 2015.

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    Last Updated: 12 Oct 14

  • Thursday 07 January 2016

    Walking in the Past - Ramblings through History

    A view of our past by Phil Clayton, from Stone Age Tracks, Roman Roads, Packhorse Routes, Turnpike Ways to the present through a walker's eyes - with several Snickets, Blind Alleys and Towpaths thrown in!

    Last Updated: 19 Jan 15

  • Saturday 28 May 2016 - Sunday 29 May 2016

    BCNS 24 hour Marathon Challenge 2016

    Start planning your routes now - start anywhere on the BCN that you wish, and finish at Hawne Basin 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, buttes, small crews, cruising the lesser traveled parts of the BCN.  

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

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    Last Updated: 27 Aug 15