A great way to spend the three days of the May Bank Holiday weekend is by wandering along the waterways of Little Venice as the Inland Waterways Association organises their annual gathering of canal boats. Starting on Saturday from 10 am around 130 boats will be moored along the stretch of the Grand Union Canal known as Little Venice between Blomfield Road, Warwick Avenue and Warwick Crescent for the Canalway Cavalcade.
Organised events include the opening ceremony at 2pm on the Saturday followed by a themed pageant of decorated boats. On Sunday, there is a Teddy Bear’s Picnic at 3pm while in the evening, starting at 8pm, music accompanies a procession of illuminated boats.
Many of the waterborne homes will be dressed up for the pageant, and visitors can expect plenty of very British fun including morris dancers and a real ale tent. There will also be lots of stalls selling a diverse selection of items, live music, children’s activities including face painting and puppets, and stalls selling food and refreshments. The restaurants by Paddington basin will also be open.