What's on at the London Canal Museum

Walks, talks, boat trips, and more

What's On

The museum is currently open 5 days per week - see Admissions Page.

Our programme of illustrated talks, on the first Thursday evening of each month, is not currently running. Some of our Illustrated Talks are available to watch again on YouTube (youtube.com/canalmuseum. Usually the talks are also broadcast live on Facebook (facebook.com/canalmuseum). The Zoom link for each talk will be added to this page around 3 to 4 weeks before the event.

A short narrowboat entering the mouth of Islington Tunnel on one of our guided tours.

Temporary Exhibitions

Children's Holiday Activities

Holiday activities for children are suspended until 2022

Tunnel Boat Trips

Trips are scheduled for May and June and we hope to add trips in July to October shortly.

Full List of Events

Date Event
2022 dates
All dates Talks when resumed will be held online. These are currently suspended.
15th July 2022 Tunnel Boat Trips Take a boat trip through Islington Tunnel, 960 yards long, with a guide from the museum to tell you a bit about the history. Boats depart at 1100 1200 1400 1500 and 1600. The 1600 trip is one-way only and includes passage through a lock. Places are limited, so please book online on our tunnel trips page where you will find all the details.
24th July 2022 Tunnel Boat Trips Take a boat trip through Islington Tunnel, 960 yards long, with a guide from the museum to tell you a bit about the history. Boats depart at 1100 1200 1400 1500 and 1600. The 1600 trip is one-way only and includes passage through a lock. Places are limited, so please book online on our tunnel trips page where you will find all the details.
24th July 2022 Ice Sunday Ice Sunday is the one day of the year when we can take visitors down into the Victorian ice wells beneath the ground floor, a unique experience! Those descending must be physically fit, wear sensible shoes, and be aged 13 and over. This involves descent by ladder. Additional ice-related activities are planned above ground. No additional charge, but the normal museum entrance charges are payable. There may be a wait for a visit opportunity underground if we are busy. Part of the Festival of Archaeology 2022. Advance booking is not required.
4th August 2022 Tunnel Boat Trips Take a boat trip through Islington Tunnel, 960 yards long, with a guide from the museum to tell you a bit about the history. Boats depart at 1100 1200 1400 1500 and 1600. The 1600 trip is one-way only and includes passage through a lock. Places are limited, so please book online on our tunnel trips page where you will find all the details.
5th August 2022 Tunnel Boat Trips Take a boat trip through Islington Tunnel, 960 yards long, with a guide from the museum to tell you a bit about the history. Boats depart at 1400 1500 and 1600. The 1600 trip is one-way only and includes passage through a lock. Places are limited, so please book online on our tunnel trips page where you will find all the details.
5th August 2022 Summer Free Tuesday Pre-booked only. Take part in our hands-on, fabulous family art workshops run by professional artists Rachel Lindsey-Clark and Camilla Brendon. Will you try your hand at collage and create a serene canal scene or explore the canal critters that live beneath the water and make your own out of recycled materials? Or why not dip in and out of the two workshops to sample both across the day - the choice is yours. Register for your FREE pre booked ticket or drop in on the day to see if we have space available. Ticket numbers are limited so grab yours quick! Note: You must Book online in advance (More detail on Eventbrite page where you will find all the details.)
14th August 2022 Tunnel Boat Trips Take a boat trip through Islington Tunnel, 960 yards long, with a guide from the museum to tell you a bit about the history. Boats depart at 1100 1200 1400 1500 and 1600. The 1600 trip is one-way only and includes passage through a lock. Places are limited, so please book online on our tunnel trips page where you will find all the details.
16th August 2022 Summer Free Tuesday Pre-booked only. Step inside our museum to experience an immersive 1 hour storytelling event by award winning author Sita Brahmachari as she brings to life her book, "When Secrets Set Sail". We have partnered with the National Literacy Trust and Get Islington Reading to bring this fabulous one-off event to life. We will hear the stories of the characters and learn more about the emotive and often overlooked history of the Ayah's who journeyed from India to the UK at the turn of the 20th century. There will be audience participation and chances to share stories as we step inside the world of "When Secrets Set Sail".The storytelling will take place at 11am and 2pm. Register for your FREE pre booked ticket and time slot or drop in on the day to see if we have space available. Ticket numbers are limited so grab yours now. Note: You must Book online in advance (More detail on Eventbrite page where you will find all the details.)
18th August 2022 Tunnel Boat Trips Take a boat trip through Islington Tunnel, 960 yards long, with a guide from the museum to tell you a bit about the history. Boats depart at 1100 1200 1400 1500 and 1600. The 1600 trip is one-way only and includes passage through a lock. Places are limited, so please book online on our tunnel trips page where you will find all the details.
23rd August 2022 Summer Free Tuesday Pre-booked only. Take part in our hands-on, fabulous family art workshops run by professional artists Rachel Lindsey-Clark and Camilla Brendon. Will you try your hand at collage and create a serene canal scene or explore the canal critters that live beneath the water and make your own out of recycled materials? Or why not dip in and out of the two workshops to sample both across the day - the choice is yours. Register for your FREE pre booked ticket or drop in on the day to see if we have space available. Ticket numbers are limited so grab yours quick! Note: You must Book online in advance (More detail on Eventbrite page where you will find all the details.)
2nd September 2022 Tunnel Boat Trips Take a boat trip through Islington Tunnel, 960 yards long, with a guide from the museum to tell you a bit about the history. Boats depart at 1100 1200 1400 1500 and 1600. The 1600 trip is one-way only and includes passage through a lock. Places are limited, so please book online on our tunnel trips page where you will find all the details.
11th September 2022 Tunnel Boat Trips Take a boat trip through Islington Tunnel, 960 yards long, with a guide from the museum to tell you a bit about the history. Boats depart at 1100 1200 1400 1500 and 1600. The 1600 trip is one-way only and includes passage through a lock. Places are limited, so please book online on our tunnel trips page where you will find all the details.
16th September 2022 Tunnel Boat Trips Take a boat trip through Islington Tunnel, 960 yards long, with a guide from the museum to tell you a bit about the history. Boats depart at 1100 1200 1400 1500 and 1600. The 1600 trip is one-way only and includes passage through a lock. Places are limited, so please book online on our tunnel trips page where you will find all the details.
25th September 2022 Tunnel Boat Trips Take a boat trip through Islington Tunnel, 960 yards long, with a guide from the museum to tell you a bit about the history. Boats depart at 1100 1200 1400 1500 and 1600. The 1600 trip is one-way only and includes passage through a lock. Places are limited, so please book online on our tunnel trips page where you will find all the details.
9th October 2022 Tunnel Boat Trips Take a boat trip through Islington Tunnel, 960 yards long, with a guide from the museum to tell you a bit about the history. Boats depart at 1100 1200 1400 1500 and 1600. The 1600 trip is one-way only and includes passage through a lock. Places are limited, so please book online on our tunnel trips page where you will find all the details.
23rd October 2022 Tunnel Boat Trips Take a boat trip through Islington Tunnel, 960 yards long, with a guide from the museum to tell you a bit about the history. Boats depart at 1100 1200 1400 1500 and 1600. The 1600 trip is one-way only and includes passage through a lock. Places are limited, so please book online on our tunnel trips page where you will find all the details.

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