What’s on

Meet Buzz and Buzzette

We’re pleased to announce that Buzz and Buzzette official mascots from Brentford FC will be joining us at the Canal Festival, a great opportunity to have your photograph taken with the Bees!

Market Place

12:00 The Rigmarollers: Uplifting, original and classic, ragtime, blues, jazz, jug band and fiddle tunes.
1:15 Trade Only: Classic rock & pop covers
2:30 Alliance Arts: Award-winning street dance
3:00 Great West Groove: West London’s finest Blues & Roots music collective
4:00 Iliria: Traditional Kosovan & Albanian dance Group
4:30 Marky Dawson: Rock’n’roll & Boogie woogie piano maestro and all-round showman

Brentford Lock Piazza

12:00 Steel Pan Agency: Carribbean steel band
2:00 Honest Frankie: Folk/blues/countrycovers and originals
3:15 Alliance Arts: Award-winning street dance
3:45 Andrea Black: Jazz and easy listening singer songwriter
4:45 Rakhi Sood: Bhangra & Bollywood dance group
5:15 Macy Ward: Modern electronic and accoustic singer songwriter

Gauging Lock

2:30 – 3:15 Maypole Dancing: Let Us Dance. Maypole Dance is a variety of different patterns interweaving the ribbons
3:30 – 3:45: Morris Dancing: Northfields Morris Dancers. An eclectic group of dancers and musicians of all ages. Music is provided on the violin and accordion
4:00 – 4:45 Maypole Dancing
5:00 – 5:15 Morris Dancing


The team is dedicated to introducing people of all ages and abilities to stand up paddle boarding on the River Thames and London waterways. Whether you are a complete beginner and just want to try a paddle boarding experience in London or are looking to paddle on the Thames independently and want to do it safely – we are here to help!

We have a long standing background in kayaking, canoeing and Stand Up Paddle boarding experiences with an excellent safety record and a passion for sharing the love for paddle sports and environmental awareness.

  • Coaching Staff will be provided by Active360.
  • Taster sessions of Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP’s) and kayaking. 12 participant spaces for each taster, bookable on our website at £5 Children and £10 for Adults
  • Rental: Canoe and Kayak Rentals – numbers as available, canoes, £15 per hour, kayaks £10.
  • SUPs: £12 per hr (previous experience necessary)
  • Free Litter pick and paddle with Active360 and Edge. Canoes kayaks and sups 1 hr spaces, bookable on our website or turn up on the day

Timings on the day

11.00 – 12.00 paddle and pick with Edge and 360
12.00pm – 45min Taster session, 1hour rentals
1.00pm – 45min Taster session and 1 hour rentals
2.00pm – 45min Taster session, 1 hour rentals
3.00pm – 45min Taster session, 1hour rentals
4.00pm – 45mins Taster session

Area for use

All launching from the pontoon

Taster sessions to be conducted between the pontoon and to the left up as far as the railway bridge, utilizing the wider area, and as and when needed (avoiding canal traffic) into the area marked non navigational channel the river Brent tributary.

Paddle and Pick, under the railway bridge and down as far as Glaxo building

How to find us

Turn right onto Commerce Road (at the Holiday Inn). At the end of the road turn right at Paddlers Avenue (we are located halfway down the avenue).


Edge Progressive Paddling

Based in the west of London, on the bank of the Thames, Edge is a friendly and active Kayak and Canoe club. We support anyone over 18 in the West London area who is keen to get out on the river and have a complement of experienced coaches and trip leaders who are ready to help new beginners and to develop the skills of more experienced paddlers. What we ensure is diversity of club members, coaches and canoeing experiences, so everyone has a place in our club. Which means you can progress with your own paddling ambitions feeling comfortable and confident. Add the Thriving Communities Fund logo

  • Taster sessions will be 45 minutes @ £10/adults and £5/under 18. Canoes and kayaks
  • From 12:00 till 17:00

Register here

Boat trips

Hillingdon Boat Hire will be running boat trips throughout the day from the pontoon below the gauging lock and the towpath past the swing bridge opposite the gauging lock to Clitheroe Lock in Boston Manor and back. This is a great opportunity to experience our waterways from a different perspective and to see Brentford from an aspect you may not be familiar with. On board will be Mike Peacock a local Heritage Guide and member of the Inland Waterways Association, who will be providing a running commentary on all that can be seen from the trip. The trips are free to all, no booking required just turn up, we’ll keep you updated on departure times.

Team Keane Canoe and Kayak Club Open days

Location The Brentford Project to Brentford Lock (pick up and drop off at both ends)

Team Keane is very proud to announce our club’s first open day.

Trips and booking will be free – but we welcome donations to our charity Hounslow Community Trust, which will also be hosting.

Team Keane Canoe and Kayak Club are offering a unique Canoe experience from The Brentford Project to Brentford Lock – we advise you Prebook to avoid Disappointment. There will be places available on the day depending on bookings. We welcome family bookings.

Trips will be available from Ballymore Brentford Project and from Brentford lock.

Departing from Ballymore – Brentford project at (journey to Brentford Lock West)

12.00pm – 30 minute journey
1.00pm – 30 minute journey
2.00pm – 30 minute journey
3.00pm – 30 minute journey
4.00pm – 30 minute journey

Departing from Brentford Lock West at

12.30pm – 30 minute journey
1.30pm – 30 minute journey
2.30pm – 30 minute journey
3.30pm – 30 minute journey
4.30pm – 30 minute journey

We will also be offering introductions to Kayaking and there will be a SUP polo competition available to enter on the day. Sup polo Competition will be at 2:30.

Please book your places for paddling, SUP Polo and for Rowing through the following form Bookings Form for Brentford Canal Festival 2022.

Hounslow Schools Summer Rowing Regatta

Time 11-5. Team Keane Sculling School are also hosting their Summer Junior Rowing Regatta which is an event where kids from local schools come together to compete with each other by racing side by side on Brentford’s local stretch of the River Thames.

Why don’t you come down and Try out rowing? Team Keane will be offering an introduction to the sport for the public from 3-5pm.

How to Book

Please book your places for paddling, SUP Polo and for Rowing through the following form Bookings Form for Brentford Canal Festival 2022.

What else will be on offer…

There will also be a bar put on by local publican from the Watermans Arms. www.watermans-arms.co.uk
Refreshments, cakes and a BBQ will also all be on site. All proceeds go towards the Hounslow Community Rowing Trust, Charity number: 1151845.

If you want to find out more about Team Keane, please head over to their website at www.teamkeane.com

As much as this is a canal festival we want to reenergise and boost the local economy after what has been an immensely challenging few years to say the least for our local businesses. To that end we’re inviting local cafes, pubs, restaurants, shops, to come together and participate in the festival. And use this event to promote not only their own businesses, but more importantly put Brentford firmly in people’s minds as a great destination for hospitality, leisure, and entertainment.

Look out for the Brentford Canal Festival official hospitality partners window stickers.

  • Family art workshop With Art Jar in Brentford Lock
  • Heritage Canal Photograpy Exhibition With Brentford Thru My Lens in Brentford Lock
  • Open Studios at The LÔft and Johnson’s Island studios Catherine Wheel Road