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CANCELLED IWA Canalway Cavalcade, London

Email dated Thursday 28 January 2021:

IWA Canalway Cavalcade 2021 cancelled

Following the continued challenges we’ve all experienced this year relating to COVID-19, and the developing situation ahead in 2021, the IWA Canalway Cavalcade committee have made a decision regarding this year’s event. With careful consideration of the safety of everyone involved in planning, organising and attending IWA Canalway Cavalcade – our committed volunteers and supporters, our dedicated attendees, our regular exhibitors, and our partners, we have decided to cancel the 2021 event scheduled for the early May Bank Holiday weekend. 

Paul Rodgers, IWA National Chair says “It is with great regret that we have made the decision to cancel our event this year.  The continued risk the virus presents to volunteers and all those who attend and support the event makes it impossible for us to go ahead. Our committee and volunteers have worked hard to find a solution and I extend my deepest thanks and appreciation to all involved for their continued support and commitment to this event.” 

Tom Claydon, Chair of the organising committee, shared his gratitude for the work of all volunteers involved in the festival organisation.  “The decision to cancel is made with the safety of everyone in mind.  However, whilst we may not be able to host a physical event we have something up our sleeve for the digital space and look forward to announcing more details as we get closer to the 1st of May. 

I offer my thanks to all the supporters of our unique and wonderful Festival including British Land, Westminster City Council and the Canal & River Trust. We are now looking forward to 2022 when we plan to host the biggest, brightest and best IWA Canalway Cavalcade yet!”

The festival returns to London’s Little Venice on Saturday 30th April 2022 for the full early May Bank Holiday weekend. 

A decision has been made to allow you to apply for a refund for this year’s booking, carry it over to next year or donate the fee to IWA. As you can understand cancelling at this stage will have a financial implication to IWA but it cannot under the circumstances be avoided.

Please click on the link below which will allow you to proceed with your chosen response.

This has been a very difficult decision for the Cavalcade Committee. I hope you understand and continue to support us as we start to prepare for 2022. Please pass the word, I have sent this email to all boaters who are still booked in to Cavalcade 2021. Email can be a bit ‘fickle’ and I cannot guarantee everyone will read this.

As always, keep safe in your travels and I hope to see you on the cut or in LV in 2021/2 

Best regards.


Mike Moore

Waterspace Manager

01/05/2021 - 00:00 to 23:45