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 [email protected]

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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It's one of the last Bank Holiday weekends of the year, so make sure you make the most of it on the Park. Embrace your inner Picasso and join us on Saturday 26 August for the Living Art Festival, a day of free, creative workshops! This is the perfect outing for friends and families - you can even take your work home -  so make sure you get the date in your diary!

All aboard the land train!

Take a trip across the Park on the land train, which will be running from Friday 24 - Monday 27 August at 11am - 5pm (last boarding time at 4pm). 

Departing from the Park Information Point, the train operates on a loop around the Park, passing each stop approximately twice an hour. A full loop takes around an hour and is accompanied by a Park tour guide. Fares include single and day rider journeys and range from:

  • Children: £1 - £3 
  • Adult: £2 - £4
  • Group tickets are also available. Please ask the guard for details.