All events

A complete list of all BCNS events planned

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  • Saturday 24 March 2018 - Sunday 25 March 2018

    The Big BCN Cleanup

    The annual BCN Cleanup - join in for the weekend, working from Wednesfield towards Sneyd Junction.  

    See the IWA website for details of how to book for the weekend.  (Accommodation at the Malthouse stables, and all food provided)

    Or come along for the day - details later.

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    Last Updated: 06 Nov 17

  • Saturday 24 March 2018

    The Omma N Chain Show - Billy Spake Mon & Friends

    Black Country Radio's Billy Spake Mon presents The Omma N Chain Show A Free Charity event supporting Parkinsons UK.

    Billy will host a show that includes local Band Rumour ( Originals and great covers of Fleetwood Mac and other songs. John Langford Tireless Charity supporter and local singer songwriter.

    Bren Hawthorne ( Muiscian storyteller and poet) plus others

    The event will be at Titford Pump House, Langley on Saturday March 24 7pm for 7 30

    Entrance will be FREE FREE and funds will be raised by any donations taken on the night

    As seats are limited please reserve with Billy by texting 07514 824845 name and number neded and you will go on this list .

    Starts at half seven, doors open at seven.

    How to get to Titford Pump House? - follow this link, for instructions to find it by boat, train, bus or car.

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    • Venue:Titford Pumphouse
    • Time:19:00
    • Contact:Brian Dakin (Billy Spake Mon)
    • Phone:07514 824845

    Last Updated: 13 Jan 18

  • Wednesday 04 April 2018

    Come and join the Greener Birmingham volunteers

    Meets for a 10am start on the first Wednesday of each month at Cambrian House, at the top of the Farmers Bridge flight.  

    Find out more at

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    Last Updated: 03 Jan 18

  • Thursday 05 April 2018

    The IWA-Our New Vision and Brand

    A talk by Ivor Caplan IWA NationalChairman outlining the new long term vision for the Association and the key areas of work identified to help make this vision a reality.

    Last Updated: 09 Dec 17

  • Saturday 07 April 2018

    BCN Spring Cruise 2018

    BCNS SPRING CRUISE Saturday 7thApril 2018 at 10am
    from TIPTON to BUMBLE HOLE via locks & tunnel  

    We welcome boaters to join our cruise & to allow a couple of passengers, or more, to join them.

    This year we are taking our Spring Cruise from Tipton to Windmill End and back. We will take either the Factory Locks or Brades to take us from the Old Main Line at Tipton to the New Main Line then through Netherton Tunnel to moor around Windmill End & Bumble Hole.  There we will have a bring your own lunch stop and take a short walk and visit the Bumble Hole Visitor Centre. Then we shall return to Tipton via the tunnel & either Brades or Factory (take the other set of locks that you took on your way out).

    Many of our passengers will leave us at Tipton though those that wish may join us for the evening meal will be welcome.

    We will start at Tipton at around 10am, returning to Tipton around 5pm. An evening meal will be arranged – details later.
    There is no charge for this organised cruise but the whole point is to encourage non boaters to join us so please state how many passengers you are willing to take with you on your boat.  

    If you need further details email Brenda Ward - address below.
    Otherwise download either a boat or a passenger  from the main website

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    Last Updated: 17 Nov 17

  • Thursday 03 May 2018

    A Virtual Tour of Birmingham's Outer Circle

    An illustrated talk accompanied by sketch maps and boiled sweets from David and Pam Humphries covering some historical facts that can be seen from places on or nearby the route together with stories about well known people who either lived in or came from the areas through whish the Outer Circle passes.

    Last Updated: 09 Dec 17

  • Friday 18 May 2018 - Friday 25 May 2018

    BCNS Explorer Cruise May 2018

    Friday evening 18th May, meet at Wolverhampton

    Boats to meet and moor on visitor moorings either side of Broad Street bridge. An informal evening gathering on the embankment at side of moorings above the Wolverhampton top lock is planned.

    Evening get together at the Great Western pub in Sun Street.

    Day 1 Saturday 19th May, to Pelsall Junction (12 miles 0 locks 5 hrs)

    Boats to leave Wolverhampton and turn on the Wyrley & Essington canal, travel through Sneyd, Goscote, Little Bloxwich and moor at Pelsall Common. 

    Day 2 Sunday 20th May, to Longwood, Daw End canal (11 miles 0 locks 6 hrs)

    Leave Pelsall Junction and continue to Catshill Junction, visit Anglesey Basin, return to Catshill Junction and take the Daw End canal.  Moor at the Longwood Junction where a Chineese take away evening and Historical talk/presentation is planned at the Longwood Boat Club.

    Day 3 Monday 21st  May, to Moorcroft Junction  (8 miles 9 locks 6 hrs)

    Leave the Longwood boat club and descend the Rushall locks (assisted by BCNS lockwheelers), turn right at Rushall Junction onto the Tame Valley canal to Ocker Hill. Turn right on the Walsall canal and moor at Moorcroft Junction.

    Day 4 Tuesday 22nd  May, to Walsall (4 miles 0 locks 2-3 hrs)

    A morning 1.5 mile leisurely walk to the Bradley workshops lock gate manufacturing facility. During this walk and visit we will be joined by a local canal historian.

    We plan to walk on a well defined footpath up the remaining lock flight levels, then on the original canal embankment to the Bradley workshops where we will be met by CRT staff and allowed to tour the lock gate manufacturing facility.

    After the visit, an optional detour around the Wednesbury Oak Loop and Gospel Oak  Branch will take us back to our moorings.

    We plan to leave moorings early afternoon and travel to Walsall town basin.

    Day 5 Wednesday 23rd  May, to Wednesfield Junction  (8 miles 8 locks 6-7 hrs

    Leave Walsall town basin and ascend Walsall locks (here again we will be assisted by BCNS lock-wheelers), turn left at Birchills  Junction and continue on the Wyrley & Essington canal.  Moor in or around the Bentley Arm outside the Nickelodeon pub. 

    Day 6 Thursday 24th May, to Tipton (7 miles 0 locks 2-3 hrs)

    From Wednesfield Junction continue on to Horseley Fields Junction then turn left on the Birmingham Old Main Line and continue towards Tipton. Moor adjacent to the Neptune Centre at Tipton Green.

    Day 7 Friday 25th May, to Titford  (4 miles 6 locks 3-4 hrs)

    Morning historical talk to be held at the Tipton library.

    After talk, leave Tipton Green and continue back towards Birmingham on the Old Main Line to Oldbury Junction. Turn right to ascend the Oldbury locks (aka The Crow) 

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    Last Updated: 29 Jan 18

  • Thursday 24 May 2018 - Friday 25 May 2018

    Allen Register meeting

    Allen Register meeting - the evening before the BCNSociety Titford Rally.

    The Les Allen Register. (An interest in the Les Allen boats or yard at Oldbury, is all the is required.)

    A Social Gathering will be held on Thursday 24th May at 7.30 pm at The Titford Pump House, Engine Street, Oldbury. West Midlands. B69 4NL and the Register will be joining the B.C.N.Society’s Boat Rally also at the Pump house from Friday 25thth to Monday 28th of May.

    Contact Annie Jenner 07952 792676 or Email

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    • Venue:Titford Pumphouse
    • Time:19:30
    • Contact:Annie Jenner
    • Phone:07952 792676

    Last Updated: 10 Oct 17

  • Friday 25 May 2018 - Monday 28 May 2018

    50 Years of the BCN Society - Titford Rally

    To celebrate 50 years of the BCN Society, we are combining our Marathon Challenge and our Spring Rally on the same weekend.

    The May Explorer Cruise will end at the rally.

    Come and join us.  Download an entry form here.

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    Last Updated: 31 Jan 18

  • Saturday 26 May 2018 - Sunday 27 May 2018

    BCNS 24 hour Marathon Challenge 2018

    This year's challenge will celebrate 50 years since the start of the BCN Society

    Start planning your routes now - start anywhere on the BCN that you wish, and finish at Titford Pump House.

    The event is open to everyone with a boat licensed for use on British Waterways canals.  Historic working boats and pairs are welcome.

    A friendly competition, starting at 08:00 on 26 May, wherever on the BCNS you want to start, and finishing at 14:00 on 27 May at Titford Pumphouse with a compulsory 6 hours rest.

    The winner is determined by a point system, with extra points for full length boats, butties, small crews, cruising the lesser travelled parts of the BCN.  

    Links to the information, rules and the entry form will be added later.

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    Last Updated: 18 Oct 17

  • Saturday 16 June 2018

    BCNS 50 Conference (TBC)

    BCNS 50 Conference - tentative date

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    • Venue:Titford Pump House
    • Time:14:00
    • Contact:Martin O'Keeffe

    Last Updated: 13 Jan 18

  • Saturday 30 June 2018

    Birmingham and Black Country Half Marathon

    Possible date for Birmingham & Black Country Half Marathon.

    Volunteers needed to man boats providing drink stations on the route.

    (Usually one boat at Caggy's and one boat at Bromford Junction)

    At present date not yet firm.  Likeliest date at present is 7 July.

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    Last Updated: 04 Jul 17

  • Saturday 07 July 2018

    Birmingham & Black Country Half Marathon

    Possible date for Birmingham & Black Country Half Marathon.

    Volunteers needed to man boats providing drink stations on the route.

    (Usually one boat at Caggy's and one boat at Bromford Junction)

    At present date not yet firm.  Likeliest date at present is 7 July.

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    Last Updated: 04 Jul 17

  • Saturday 28 July 2018

    Fifty years since the BCN Society was formed

    It is fifty years to the day since the BCN Society was formed, at a meeting in a pub in Walsall.

    We will be celebrating this anniversary - more details to follow.

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    • Venue:Walsall

    Last Updated: 24 Sep 16

  • Thursday 06 September 2018

    "Iron Mad" Wilkinson- who put the Great in GB

    An illustrated talk by Richard Sells Local Historian and author on the life and achievements of "Iron Mad" Wilkinson a leading Ironmaster Entrepreneur and Inventor of his day.

    Last Updated: 09 Dec 17

  • Thursday 04 October 2018

    A Natural History of the Midlands Canals

    A talk by Paul Wilkinson  Senior Ecologist for CRT illustrating the range of flora and fauna to be found either alongside and in our Midlands canals. 

    Last Updated: 09 Dec 17

  • Monday 08 October 2018

    The Lost Canals of Shropshire

    A talk by Peter Brown Heritage and Planning Officer for IWA Shrewsbury & North Wales Branch on Shropshire's Lost Canals.

    Last Updated: 09 Dec 17