IWA Festival of Water

River Lee Country Park - Showground
IWA Festival of Water
River Lee Country Park - Showground
Highbridge Street
Waltham Abbey

Saturday, 24 August 2019 to Monday, 26 August 2019
10:00-18:00 Saturday and Sunday, 10:00-17:00 Monday

IWA Festival Of Water 


If you're looking for something fun to do with the family this August bank holiday weekend (24 - 26 August), look no further than the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) Festival of Water supported by Vibrant Partnerships. IWA Festival of Water is a FREE family-friendly event that brings together boaters, campers and visitors from across the UK. The Festival offers fun to all who love spending time by the water and over 100 boats are expected to attend the event, decked out in their festival bunting and creating a spectacular sight along the banks of the Lee Navigation. There's a full programme of music, dance and entertainment as well as things to do for all ages such as boat handling competitions, children's fairground rides, craft stalls, delicious food and drink, as well as live music performances and free boat rides courtsey of Lee Valley Boat Centre.  Exhibitors at the festival include Royal Gunpowder Mills, Roydon Marina Village, Lee Valley Regional Park and Lee Valley Marina's chandlery. The Festival of water is open from 10:00 - 18:00 Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 and from 10:00 - 15:00 on Monday 26. 

There's an illuminated boat procession on Sunday 25 at 21:00, which is a firm favourite with the visitors. For all campers and boaters staying onsite, there's a variety of evening entertainment. For more information about IWA Festival of water can be found at 


If you have a specific question or would like to volunteer over the weekend, please call 01635 414 567 or email: 


Inland Waterways Association is a membership charity that campaigns locally and nationally on behalf of its members for all waterways users as well as actively supporting waterway restoration. its mission is to protect and expand our waterways for the millions of people who use and enjoy them. 


Getting Here 


By car: Lee Valley Showground is 10 minutes from the M25 London motorway (either junction 25 or junction 26). Car parking is provided on the Showground. 

By train: the nearest stations are Waltham Cross or Cheshunt (18 minute walk)

By bus: the 211, 212, 213, 240, 250 and 251 buses all stop on Station Road



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