Canal boats have officially been cool since Rosie and Jim rocked theirs circa 1991. The towpaths along Regent’s canal are some of the prettiest places to walk in London, and the Angel Canal Festival celebrates this with some old-fashioned family fun. The community festival has been running every year since the late ’80s and has a ‘village fête with boats’ vibe: think Punch and Judy, a children’s funfair and a regatta as well as live music and performances. Everyone is encouraged to join in with free pottery, sign language and canoeing on offer, children can enjoy sailing their own bubble boat, and there will be over 80 stalls for visitors to browse.
We imagine it will be a lively but altogether less raucous affair than June’s Canalival, the massive floating festival that had to be cancelled (but happened anyway)… see our photos of the madness that ensued.
The Angel Canal Festival is on Sunday 1 September from 11am-5pm, around City Road Lock, Islington N1 8JX. Free.