Oxford Canal Festival 2022

The 2022 Canal Festival was well attended on a beautifully sunny day and it was well appreciated by the local community.

We are now working towads a 2024 festival to be held on
Saturday 21st September 11:00 to 18:00.
It will be similar to the 2022 festival described here but with some exciting innovations.

17th september 2022

Aristotle Lane Recreation Ground

(located across the bridge from OX2 6TP)




We're looking forward to seeing you this year for a fabulous programme of activities for all the family. Meanwhile find out more about...



Oxford Canal Festival 2016

Join us for a wonderful celebration of the Oxford Canal  its attractions and its colourful history on Saturday September 17th September 2022. Proceeds will go towards the restoration of a community narrowboat for everyone to enjoy. And if you would like to lend us a hand, do contact us.

Saturday September 17th 2022


Canal walk

A one-hour Canal Heritage Walk with local historian, author and former long-term canalboat resident Mark Davies, departing 11am to arrive at Aristotle Lane at about 12 noon.

The route will include a newly refurbished railway swingbridge, a pivotal canal lock, and the culturally-rich suburb of
Jericho, combining social and economic history with insights into the canal’s  literary and living heritage.
No charge but contributions welcomed. Places are limited. Email to Book here and for joining instructions.

Dog Show

No previous experience required. Many classes - Waggiest Tail Pup, Best Buiscuit Catcher, Best Dressed Dog & Owner, Best Trick,  Most Look-alike Dog & Owner, and Best In Show!

Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/oxford-canal-festival-dog-show-2022-tickets-402615472717

Canal Olympics

Canal-themed fun and games. Bring friends and family. Something for everyone from boaters' arm wrestling to sack-of-coal race and Canal Tug challenge.


Talks, stories, University Challenge, poetry, and children's shows.


Community Stalls & Traders

Community stalls and a selection of local traders, including some on canal boats that will join in the festival along the nearby towpath.


Thank you to all our sponsors and partners. More info.

Please note the following safety Information about the Oxford Canal Festival

  • Inclusivity - we want the Oxford Canal Festival to be a safe space and strongly believe that everybody has the right to enjoy the festival experience free from harassment, microaggressions, abuse or intimidation. We are committed to ensuring that it is an inclusive space for communities targeted by discrimination such as racism, sexism,  transphobia, ableism and homophobia.
  • There is NO PARKING available a the festival, please arrive on a bike, on foot or by public transport.
  • Our medical team welcomes you and your injuries to our Medical Tent (please see map for location). Do pop in for any reason however minor it seems.
  • Should you lose your children, or should they lose you, please see our professional Lost Kids Team. The Lost Kids Tent is next to the Medical Tent. Please report lost kids to any steward or official immediately and follow their advice – we have procedures – and they work!
  • Oxford Canal Festival has a zero tolerance policy for drugs and legal highs, which is a legal requirement for licensing an event in the UK. The same laws apply within the festival site as on the outside.


ALL AFTERNOON 11am - 7.30pm


Live music

Fantastic music from live bands and DJs from both our Main Stage, and Community Bar.

Delicious Food & Drink

A range of delicous food from across the world, plus drinks from our Community Bar, and Hot Drinks from our coffee vendor.

Canal Cinema

Unique chance to view film shorts  about local history and the canal, plus more. 

Kids' activities & family fun

Arts and crafts tent, children's activities, face painting & more.

Canal traditions

Inspired by narrow boats and the nature of the canal including design your own boat, mobile making, and some exciting street art. Canal memorabilia  - and a chance to have a go yourself.

Tooley's Boatyard

Information about Tooley’s Boatyard, the oldest working dry dock on the Inland Waterways, having been in continuous use since 1778. Find out more about ou open day our RYA boat school, which offers certificated RYA Helmsman Courses, boat experience days, rope workshops and hourly courses.



Oxford Canal Festival 2016



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