All Aboard For The Canalway Cavalcade

By Zoe Craig Last edited 35 months ago
All Aboard For The Canalway Cavalcade
Flags at Little Venice Cavalcade by Michael Caroe Andersen

Head to London's biggest waterside festival this bank holiday weekend, as the IWA Canalway Cavalcade returns to Little Venice.

On Saturday, there's a pageant of beautifully decorated boats from 2.30pm. Wander over on the Sunday to see a boat handling competition; a blessing of the boats by the Bishop of London; and a Teddy Bears' Picnic at 3pm. Stay into the evening to enjoy the spectacle of illuminated boats, plus live music.

Dressed for the occasion at the Canalway Cavalcade 2012... Little Venice by Chris via the Londonist Flickrpool

On Monday, there's a second boat handling competition; an awards ceremony; and a processional finale between 3pm-5pm.

Canalway Cavalcade 2013. Photo by Katherine in the Londonist Flickrpool

As well as the boats, there's plenty going on at this free family-friendly festival. You can enjoy a Punch & Judy show in Rembrandt Gardens, a tasty selection of food stalls, a real ale bar and more.

The Canalway Cavalcade runs at Little Venice from 10am-6pm on 30 April; 10am-10.30pm on 1 May; and 10am to 5pm on 2 May. Attendance is free. Visit to find out more.

Last Updated 23 April 2016