Canal Trust Events


We are restoring the Hereford & Gloucester Canal to be a fantastic green corridor that visitors can enjoy.

We encourage local communities and groups to engage with us at every opportunity.

To further this the Trust arranges or promotes a wide variety of events throughout the year for H&G CT Members and the wider public to enjoy.

These include;

  • Evening Social Meetings, Lectures and Talks,
  • Sending our Sales and Publicity Team to country and canal related shows and exhibitions,
  • Open Days at our Canal Restoration Sites,
  • Canal Walks
  • The Trust’s own weekly canal infrastructure restoration work parties, 

See more on all these below…

Monthly Social and Speaker Meetings

Social evenings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at our regular venue, The Royal Oak Inn, Much Marcle, Herefordshire HR8 2ND

We have an excellent venue and interesting speakers on a wide range of topics. Everyone is welcome.

For more information on the Royal Oak, please telephone 01531 660300

All meetings are at 7.30 for 8.00 pm unless otherwise stated. Please support our monthly meetings and tell your friends.

Please note there will be an admission charge of £2.00.

Social Evening Diary

Sep
15
Tue
2020
September Monthly Social Meeting @ Royal Oak Inn, Much Marcle
Sep 15 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Paper and Planes

A topical and not so topical look at the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust presented by Dick Skeet

Over Festival on the Canal

The ‘Over Festival on the Canal’ has been the H&GCT’s flagship event taking place ever year over a weekend in August.

The site including the canal basin at Over is regularly visited by more than 1000 people to savour and discover and enjoy the wide variety of attractions.

The site is shared by The Trust’s former The Wharf House, the AA-Red Rosette-awarded Restaurant with Rooms, which has now been re-named The Lock Keepers, and leased to a third party operator.

Entrance to the Festival was free for all to enjoy the usual sideshows and stalls associated with a family fun day out, with a normally watery theme commonly enhanced by visitor participation.

Attractions typically included a Model Boat regatta, various displays and the H&GCT’s very own flotilla of restored heritage boats providing tours of the canal to Vineyard Hill.

Large marquees housed a range of local produce and crafts for sale, including local beers, cider and perry, whilst a comprehensive programme of live music was usually to be expected on the river terrace with The Wharf House providing refreshments of Tapas and a hugely successful Beer Festival.

Canal Trust Open Days

In addition to the Festival on the Canal at Over, the H&GCT remains keen to discuss its plans with local communities and has organised regular Open Days at Aylestone Park in Hereford, Yarkhill, and Oxenhalll and Newent.

We also hold a Winter Bazaar towards the end of each year in Ledbury.

Festival and Open Days Diary

There are no upcoming events to display at this time.

Sales and Promotion Events with the H&GCT Roadshow

Raising funds for and awareness of the Trust’s work is vital in maintaining progress with the Canal’s restoration.

Our Sales and Information Stand can be seen at many Waterways and Country Shows during the year.

We have two small teams of volunteers based at Hereford and Gloucester to cover both local and national events.

Why not have a good day out with the H&G CT?

Come and visit, or better still, join us on the stand – We cannot promise that you will see the world with us but you may visit an area that is new to you – and we always do our utmost to ensure that you have some time to look around – and your admission to the event will be free!

We urgently need additional volunteers to help us at these interesting events.

Our small but well-established teams will make you very welcome!  Please contact us to discuss where and when you can get involved.

Sales and Promotion Team Away Days Diary

Aug
29
Sat
2020
Sales Team Outing to The IWA Festival of Water in Worcester @ Perdisell Park
Aug 29 – Aug 30 all-day

Event cancelled due to the ongoing Government Closedown (Coronavirus COVID-19)

Why not have a good day out with the H&G CT?

Come and visit, or better still, join us on the stand – We cannot promise that you will see the world with us but you may visit an area that is new to you – and we always do our utmost to ensure that you have some time to look around – and your admission to the event will be free!

We urgently need additional volunteers to help us at these interesting events.

Our small but well-established teams will make you very welcome!  Please contact us to discuss where and when you can get involved.

Come to IWA’s Festival of Water 2020

Join us in Perdiswell Park 29th – 31st August 2020, Worcester. 2020 marks IWA’s 75th Anniversary year and where better to start the celebrations than on the waterway where it all began, the Worcester & Birmingham Canal?

A weekend of fun for all who love spending time by the water. A full programme of music and dance will entertain the crowds at the IWA Festival of Water over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Entry to the festival and car parking is free.

Find out more about this event…

Canal Restoration Site Team Work Days

Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Our sites are open and following government guidance have limited activity. As this situation is constantly changing please contact the site leader for more information on the available volunteering.

Aug
4
Tue
2020
Malswick Restoration Team Day @ Check with organiser
Aug 4 all-day
Oxenhall and Newent Station Restoration Team Days @ Check with organiser
Aug 4 all-day
Aug
5
Wed
2020
Over Basin and Vineyard Hill Restoration Team Work Day @ Over Canal Basin
Aug 5 all-day
Aug
6
Thu
2020
Hereford Restoration Roving Team Day @ Check with organiser
Aug 6 all-day
Yarkhill Restoration Team Work Day
Aug 6 all-day
Aug
11
Tue
2020
Malswick Restoration Team Day @ Check with organiser
Aug 11 all-day
Oxenhall and Newent Station Restoration Team Days @ Check with organiser
Aug 11 all-day
Aug
12
Wed
2020
Over Basin and Vineyard Hill Restoration Team Work Day @ Over Canal Basin
Aug 12 all-day
Aug
13
Thu
2020
Hereford Restoration Roving Team Day @ Check with organiser
Aug 13 all-day
Yarkhill Restoration Team Work Day
Aug 13 all-day
Aug
18
Tue
2020
Malswick Restoration Team Day @ Check with organiser
Aug 18 all-day
Oxenhall and Newent Station Restoration Team Days @ Check with organiser
Aug 18 all-day
Aug
19
Wed
2020
Over Basin and Vineyard Hill Restoration Team Work Day @ Over Canal Basin
Aug 19 all-day
Aug
20
Thu
2020
Hereford Restoration Roving Team Day @ Check with organiser
Aug 20 all-day
Yarkhill Restoration Team Work Day
Aug 20 all-day

Upcoming Festival and Open Day News

Past Event Stories