Brentford Canal Festival returns Saturday 24 June

Image above: Brentford Canal

Event begins midday and goes on until 6.00pm

Brentford Canal Festival is set to make a comeback on Saturday 24 June, promising to be bigger and better than last year.

The festival takes place from midday and goes on until 6.00pm. It will span across various locations including Brentford Lock Piazza and the River Brent.

This year’s event, like last year, aims to celebrate the vibrant canals and waterways that have played a significant role in Brentford’s history and with the ongoing redevelopment of Brentford, the importance of the waterways for its future.

The festival boasts an extensive lineup of activities catering to all ages and interests. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy boat trips along the Grand Union Canal, with an additional canal trip boat added to meet the popularity experienced last year. The trips will take visitors to Clitheroe Lock and back, offering visitors to experience the charm of the canals up close.

Local talent will be treating visitors to day-long live music performances, kicking off at midday in Market Place and Brentford Lock Piazza. Performers include the Chiswick School Steel Pan Band and The Rigmarollers Duo.

Image above: Canal barges, dancing and canoeing at last year’s Brentford Canal Festival

Canal Fest “becoming cornerstone of Brentford’s future”

There are dance performances scheduled throughout the day, offering a variety of global styles from Bhangra to contemporary and traditional dance, including Albanian, Armenian, and Spanish dances.

The festival will also showcase art and photography exhibitions, with local studios and galleries opening their doors. Children can get creative with interactive canal art activities at Brentford Lock Piazza.

In addition to the cultural and artistic highlights, the festival offers various water sports activities, including kayaking, canoeing, and Katakana trips on the Grand Union Canal and the River Brent.

Founder and Organiser of Brentford Canal Festival, Martin Case, is encouraging everyone to join in and celebrate the canals and waterways that have shaped Brentford’s history and will be integral to its future. Martin told The Chiswick Calendar:

“With the new Ballymore development, the waterways are going to become more integral for Brentford’s future… It’s a good thing, because it was in the doldrums for a long long while, but we just think [Brentford Canal Fest] and the Crazy Mile that happens in September, are kind of becoming cornerstones for Brentford’s future.”

He added:

“We would love to see lots of our Chiswick neighbours come along for the day and join us for a great day out.”

Image above: Last year’s Brentford Canal Festival

For more information and a glimpse of last year’s event, visit the Brentford Canal Festival website at brentfordcanalfestival.co.uk