All events

A complete list of all BCNS events planned

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  • 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 Explorer Cruise will end at the rally.

    Come and join us.  There is a link to the entry form on this page

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    Last Updated: 24 Mar 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