Festival of Water marks 75 years of IWA

Cllr James Stanley (l) and Bob Fox from the IWA Photo: IWA Cllr James Stanley (l) and Bob Fox from the IWA Photo: IWA

The Inland Waterways Association will begin its 75th anniversary celebrations next year with a Festival of Water on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal.

The festival, held over the August bank holiday weekend in 2020, is expected to be one of the highlights of the 75th anniversary celebrations. It will be held in Perdiswell Park in Worcester, with all the visiting boats moored along the banks of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal.

“The city is proud to host the 2020 Festival of Water,” said Cllr James Stanley, chair of the communities committee at Worcester City Council.

“The Worcester & Birmingham Canal is a fantastic asset, providing a haven for wildlife and an attractive route for walking, cycling and boating. This promises to be a fantastic family event for the whole community to enjoy - we look forward to welcoming boaters from across the UK to Worcester next year."

Organisation that will speak for inland waterways

In August 1945, Robert Aickman and Tom Rolt met on the canal at Tardebigge, Worcestershire to discuss the need for an organisation to speak for the inland waterways of the UK. It was at this meeting that plans for IWA were developed and then six months later, in early 1946, the IWA was officially formed.

Alongside boats, there will be entertainment including music, food, drink, children’s activities, fairground rides and a chance to learn more about the benefits of the waterways across the country.

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