angel canal festival











Angel Canal Festival

Islington, London N1 8JX 

Sunday 3rd September 2017

11.00 am to 5 pm, adjoining City Road Lock, Islington

Free Admission


angel balloonatic angel on stilts



islington boat club boat race





‘This annual one-day festival is based around the City Road Lock, Basin and towpath alongside the Regents Canal, also local streets and a park, in Islington, North London.

Attractions include Stalls, a Children’s Fun Fair with Rides & Bouncy Castles, Punch & Judy, Story-teller, Boat Trips (20mins & 45 mins), Art Projects including free ’Have-a-go-at-Pottery’ sessions, an Outdoor Art Gallery, Live Music (Folk, Ska, Brass, Jazz, Ukuleles) & Street Theatre.  There is also a Regatta with free ‘Have-a-go-at-canoeing’ sessions and Bell-Boat Racing. Arsenal in the Community stage their ‘Penalty Shoot-outs.  There is a free Lucky Programme Draw at 4pm, with 2 prizes: £100 cheque or an Arsenal signed T-shirt or Football.’ 


There are 80 stalls or gazebos arranged along the towpath, Graham St & Danbury St & Graham St Park selling anything from canalware, crafts, books, clothes, jewellery, bric-a-brac, a wide range of hot and cold food and non-alcoholic drinks.  As well as local businesses, many local and national charities take stalls to raise awareness and give advice.  There are two public houses on site, The Narrow Boat and The Prince of Wales.



Graham Street Stalls

      Queens Prince deputy Mayor of Islington Shelly Coupeland with St Pancras 
      Crusing Club Commodore Andrew Phasey and his wife Frances



We are proud to say that each year, the Mayor of Islington, arrives by boat from the London Canal Museum and opens the Festival by giving a Welcome speech at 12 noon before starting the Bell-Boat Race in the Basin at 1pm.


‘As entry to the festival is FREE we rely on funding and gifts-in-kind from many sources including, in alphabetical order:

City Road Basin Limited, Gratte Brothers Ltd, Groveworld Ltd, Hyde Housing, Islington Community Chest, Islington Council Regeneration, Jenny Wren Boat Trips, the Morris Charitable Trust,Mount Anvil, The Narrow Boat Public House, Orion City Road Trustees, Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects, Rydon Construction, St Pancras Cruising Club, Waitrose Ltd, 

We also have excellent support from the Canal & River Trust, the London Canal Museum, the Inland Waterway Association, St Pancras Cruising Club & many departments of Islington Council.’


Our aim is to produce an enjoyable day-long Festival celebrating the Regents Canal around the City Road Lock and Basin area promoting the canal as an historic, local, community, environmental and leisure asset for all to enjoy.



Latest News from the ACF Team


One of our Volunteers, Beryl Windsor, BEM, was presented with one of the Mayor of Islington's Civic Awards on Tue 11 Mar 2014.

This is the second time one of our Volunteers has been recognised in this way as the late Jim Lagden received the award in 2006. As this award is given 'to thank those people who care about their community and make a positive and valuable contribution to the lives of others'

we are very proud. Beryl said she accepted the award on behalf of all the Volunteers without whom the event could not happen and thanks them for all their hard work.


At the 2010 festival we had a portable Belfry-a great introduction to change ringing


A very special angel visited us last year.

glide angel a human motorised angel


tall climbing tower

  This was with us again this year.



The ACF team would like to thank all the volunteers from all supporting organisations, as well as the essential band of angels, that made last year's event again so successful-without them there would be no event



Some of the Angels wearing their  T-shirts:

They are:- back row: Tony, Sheila, Henry
front row: Jessica, Justine & Maxine.

Interested parties please contact Beryl Windsor on 0121 244 8439 or 07973 504 212 or


The Angel Canal Festival is Organised by the ACF Management Team comprising

 Islington Boat Club, Angel Community Canal Boat Trust, St. Pancras Cruising Club , London Canal Museum London Borough of Islington.

With additional help from: Canal & River Trust, Friends of Regents Canal, London Borough of Islington & London Canal Cruises.

Special thanks to contributors of text and pictures to help build this site, contributors include

Text from Martin Sachs of the London Canal Museum

Photos from Pauline Lord, Canal & River Trust, INBA and other contributors.