Watford has been chosen by the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) to host its annual celebration of the nation’s inland waterways.

Staged at Cassiobury Park, alongside the banks of the Grand Union Canal, the event is an exciting and colourful extravaganza with an array of attractions to provide an educational and fun day out for all the family.

At the festival, around 400 boats, many decorated, are expected to line up along the water’s edge, each captained by cheerful waterway enthusiasts. Heritage craft will also feature strongly, with historic working boats on display.  The event is also renowned for its high quality entertainment and there is always something to keep everyone amused. 

The event itself is organised entirely by a small army of volunteers gathered from IWA members, the IWA Waterway Recovery Group, canal enthusiasts and the local community.  The 300-strong team is dedicated to the IWA’s mission to raise funds to preserve, restore and celebrate the inland waterway network to ensure today’s waterways can be enjoyed by future generations

To find out more about The Waterways Festival, how to book advance tickets, exhibit or volunteer please visit www.waterways.org. uk or call 07885 349033.