• Pasqueline Agostinho

Hayes Canal Festival to Be Hosted End of May

THE Hayes Canal Festival will be hosted on May 29th for the first time in almost three years.

The event will be held by the Canal & River Trust, a charity which brings to life 2,000 miles of canals and rivers across England and Wales, with more than two million people in London and the South East living within a kilometre of a waterway looked after by the Trust.

Ros Daniels, director of Canal River Trust London & the South East, said:

“Hayes Festival is one of our favourite events that we run during the summer months. We’re especially excited to be bringing it back, celebrating the contribution that volunteers and partners are making across London’s waterways, ten years after the Canal & River trust was established as a charity to protect and promote them."

Hayes Canal Festival 2017

Picture Credit: Jane Russell-lpr

In the festival, there will be free boat trips and canoe sessions to fishing and climbing wall as well as live entertainment throughout the day - water and land - from noon to 5pm.

Ms Daniels also said: “We hope this event right by the Grand Union Canal will encourage the local community to use this special green space on their doorstep, as well as appealing to visitors from further afield.”

In partnership with Hillingdon Council and Retail Revival, waterways and wellbeing charity the Canal & River Trust is currently working on a regeneration project to revitalise Hillingdon High Street through a ‘Canal Retail Trail’.

At the event, people will be encouraged to follow the trail, visiting the high street and the independent businesses there, completing the trail at Retail Revival’s stall where they can collect a free goodie bag afterwards.

David Brough, Chair of Hillingdon Canals Partnership, added: “We started Hayes Canal festival eight years ago to raise awareness of the local community about the fantastic asset that the Grand Union Canal provides for local people.

"Since it has been run by the Canal and River Trust it has gone from strength to strength and become a highlight of the year for Hayes families. After the break caused by the pandemic it is a joy to see it happening again.”

Founded in 2012, the Canal & River Trust believes waterways have the power to make a difference to people’s lives and that spending time by water can make people healthier and happier.