Melksham Food and River Festival 31st August & 1st September 2019

A river with canoes on the water and a boat on the slipway

Enjoy a fun-filled family day out at the Melksham Food and River Festival in King George V Park. There's lots to do for the whole family, boat trips, canoeing on the River Avon, a children's funfair, face painting, rides on Frankie the canal horse, cookery demonstrations, live music and many artisan food and produce stalls to browse plus plenty of hot food & drink stalls and an onsite bar for whenever you need some refreshment.

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Local housebuilders give boost to local charity

Presenting charity cheque by canal in front of pub

Local housebuilders, Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes have dug deep to ensure local people with mobility difficulties can enjoy spending time on the water.

The companies have provided the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust with a £1,000 donation, which will go towards the organisation’s ‘Mary Archard’ trip boat.

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Spring on the canal at Templars Firs

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On Mayday vounteers of  the Royal Wootton Bassett work party took the weed cutting boat out for the first time this spring. The canal needs regular attention otherwise waterweed grows too much. The nesting swans with their eggs were a bit apprehensive but they get used to the boat going up and down. However the next day ....

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The first annual Wichelstowe Games 24th August 2019

A view of the canal with Beavans Bridge

Hosted by Hall and Woodhouse at Wichelstowe, the first annual Wichelstowe Games are due to take place on Saturday 24th August 2019 between 10.30am and 5pm. 

HW logowich games logo

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Photography Competition

Wilts & Berks Canal Trust are pleased to announce the first of our Instagram competitions with the chance to win a trip on Dragonfly and have your photo published in our monthly newsletter. We want to show what our beautiful canal has to offer whether it's wildlife and walks or boats and bridges. 

 Send your photos in to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You have until our NEXT edition of OTB due out mid-June to get them in to us. The photo with the most likes on Instagram wins and the photographer will get a trip on Dragonfly and their winning photo published in our OTB newsletter and shared on all social medias. You decide on your subject, take a high-resolution photo ...and send them in.

For the competition rules please click here

Supporters Survey

Update: Thank you to all those who took part in the members survey. The results cast light on your relationship with the Trust. A strong message was how much the natural environment was appreciated. The membership team will be guided by the results in their next steps to connect with existing members and attract more support for the canal and for our work.

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Trip boat Dragonfly back at Waitrose landing stage

Trip boat Dragonfly at landing stage with H&W pub in background

After the canal at Waitrose re-opened and water levels have recovered trips on our narrow boat Dragonfly are once again running from the landing stage at Waitrose.

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Consultation on the Canal Route through Wanborough

A public Exhibition and Consultation on the Canal Route through Wanborough will be held at Wanborough Village Hall from 3.00pm to 7.00pm on Wednesday 29th May. The hall is in the High Street opposite The Harrow pub at SN4 0AD.

The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust is considering options for the canal route through Wanborough and seeks your views about them.  The route options will be on view and trust members available to explain them. The plans are also available here.

Comments may also be sent to the trust at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Story of the Peterborough Arms

Celebrations with funders, volunteers and members on Saturday 1st December before the commercial opening on Sunday.

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