Oxford Canal Festival 2022


The next Oxford Canal Festival is postponed to
17th september 2022.
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We're looking forward to seeing you next year for a fabulous FREE programme of activities for all the family. Meanwhile find out more about...



Oxford Canal Festival 2016

Join us for a wonderful celebration of the Oxford Canal  its attractions and its colourful history on Saturday September 17th September 2022. All proceeds will go towards the purchase and restoration of a community narrowboat for everyone to enjoy. And if you would like to lend us a hand, do contact us.

Saturday September 17th 2022


Canal walk

A one-hour Canal Heritage Walk with local historian, author and former long-term canalboat resident Mark Davies, departing 11am to arrive at Aristotle Lane at about 12 noon.

The route will include a newly refurbished railway swingbridge, a pivotal canal lock, and the culturally-rich suburb of
Jericho, combining social and economic history with insights into the canal’s  literary and living heritage.
No charge but contributions welcomed. Places are limited. Book here and for joining instructions.

Dog Show

No previous experience required. Many classes - Waggiest tail, Prettiest Bitch,  Handsomest Dog, Best Trick,  Best Sausage catcher and Fancy Dress!

Canal Olympics

Canal-themed fun and games. Bring friends and family. Something for everyone from boaters' arm wrestling to sack-of-coal race and Canal Tug challenge.

Wildlife walk: the Trap Grounds

Join us by Aristotle Bridge for a guided walk around the Trap Grounds Local Wildlife Site and Town Green, led by Linda Losito and Bob Cowley, ending with an alfresco glass of wine.


Thank you to all our sponsors and partners. More info.

Please note the following safety Information about the Oxford Canal Festival

  • No professional recording equipment
  • No Glass bottles
  • No illegal substances
  • Anyone found in possession of illegal substances will be handed over to the police
  • Unsociable behaviour or intimidation will not be tolerated
  • Perpetrators may be removed from the event, police may be called if necessary






Live music

Fantastic folk, rock, soul and world  music.

Delicious Food & Drink

A range of delicous food and drink from Middle Eastern, Japanese and Indian to cakes & Crepes, plus beer and cafe.

Canal Cinema: St Margaret's Institute

Unique chance to view film shorts  about local history and the canal, plus prizewinning entries from our Video Competition. Stop off, drop in. Next to the Anchor pub.

Kids' activities & family fun

Swing boats, bouncy castle, Boo Boo the Clown, children's activities with soft play, face painting & much more.

Boat trips

Slow down and enjoy the canal afloat. We will be offering trips along the canal on Oxford’s new water taxi the Gerry Ferry www.oxfordferryboats.com , and on a narrow boat courtesy of the Inland Waterways Team.  Trips can be booked from the festival information stall on the day and will last approximately 30 minutes.

Canal traditions

Inspired by narrow boats and the nature of the canal including design your own boat, mobile making, roses & castles and some exciting street art. Canal memorabilia  - and a chance to have a go yourself.

Tooley's Boatyard

Information about Tooley’s Boatyard, the oldest working dry dock on the Inland Waterways, having been in continuous use since 1778. Find out more about ou open day our RYA boat school, which offers certificated RYA Helmsman Courses, boat experience days, rope workshops and hourly courses.
Watch forging displays by our blacksmith on the mobile forge!

Community Stalls & Traders

Community stalls and a selection of local traders, including some on canal boats that will join in the festival along the nearby towpath.

The Cut

Talks, stories, children's shows.


Oxford Canal Festival 2016

There is NO PARKING available a the festival, please arrive on a bike, on foot or by public transport.