Angel Day started in the 1980s by the late Crystal Hale as a fundraising event for the narrowboat 'Angel'. It used to give inner-city children boat rides and trips into the countryside. In 1986 with the help of event organiser Jim Langdon, the Angel Canal Festival was born. 

The festival continued to take place every year on the first Sunday in September, and become a much-loved event with stalls, a children's fun-fair, live music, boat trips and a boat rally with free admission for all. The 2018 event was a milestone in the Festival’s history as the management group (after more than 30 years) handed the organising responsibilities over to the Canal & River Trust. 

The festival will feature:

  • Kayaking and pedalos, provided by Islington Boat Club
  • Boat trips
  • Children’s entertainment including Punch and Judy, crafts and theatre
  • Entertainment including live dance, music, theatre and comedy
  • A floating market
  • Food market offering a wide variety of street food stalls

Location: Taking place around the City Road Lock, basin and towpath alongside the Regent's Canal, as well as local streets and park, in Islington

For more details see the event website


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