Sunday, 25 July 2021

IWA Festival of Water brings Family Fun & 100 Boats to Perdiswell Park

Head to Perdiswell Park in Worcester this August Bank Holiday weekend (28
th – 30th August) for a weekend of festivities for the whole family. Over 100 visiting boats dressed with festival bunting will be moored along the banks of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal.

A full programme of live music and dance will take place at the event hosted by the Inland

Waterways Association (IWA) and supported by Worcester City Council

.Local legends, the Woo Town Hillbillies will play original songs and lively covers, featuring part harmoniesguitars, banjo, ukulele and double bass.

There will be craft stalls, food outlets, a real ale bar, an entertainments marquee with live music plus lots of other attractions too.

Activities include children’s rides, swing boats, a chance to have a go at driving a digger with IWA’s Waterway Reco very Group, fishing sessions,as well as demonstrations of a coracle and an electric punt. Little Radford Model Boat Club are bringing a huge display of many, beautifully detailed model boats, which will form this year’s illuminated display of boats.

The Find it Do it Worcester Arena will showcase local youth and sports activities. Visitors can also find out more about life on the Canal that runs through the City in series of presentations from living afloat and greener boating to performances by Alarum Theatre Productions.

Originally planned for 2020 to coincide with the anniversary of the very first meeting of IWA co-founders at Tardebigge on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal, this will be a highlight of IWA’s 75th anniversary celebrations.

“The city is proud to host the 202Festival of Water. The Worcester & Birmingham Canal is a fantastic asset, providing a haven for wildlife and an attractive route for walking, cycling and boating,” said Cllr James Stanley, Chair of Worcester City Council’s Communities Committee.

“This promises to be a fantastic family event for the whole community to enjoy we look forward to welcoming boaters from across the UK to Worcester.

Commenting on the event, Jane Elwell, Chair of Events Committee at IWA said, “The Worcester & Birmingham Canal played an important role in the history of IWA and we think it is a very fitting place to celebrate the start of our 75th anniversary year. Our Festival of Water at Perdiswell Park will not only look back at the past 75 years but also towards the future of the waterways. ”

Entry to the festival and car parking are free. Book a mooring or campsite pitch for just £35 for the whole weekend, including evening entertainment. More information, including how to book your mooring or pitch, is available online at 

If you have a specific question, or would like to volunteer over the weekend, please call 01635 414567 or email:

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