Get ready for a fun day rich in free activities for everyone to enjoy! Be one of the first boaters to pass under the only double radial lock gate in the country and join a wider celebration of East London Waterways and regeneration of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Waterways, including the reopening of Carpenters Road Lock. 

The completed lock site will form the centrepiece of the festival, which will include a boat flotilla, dragon boat racing, historical performances, canoeing taster sessions, free boat trips and pedalos. Food stalls and live music will keep you fuelled and energised all the way into the evening, when there will be a Nomad Cinema special screening of ‘How we used to Live’ and other local shorts with a beautiful view of the canal at night.

Weather permitting there will also be opportunity for tidal extension incorporating Bow Creek and the tidal Thames.

To express interest in the cruise, email your boat name and index number to

This festival is being delivered by Canal & River Trust in partnership with London Legacy Development Corporation and with support from Heritage Lottery Funding and Inland Waterway Association. 


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