Bookings now open for WRG canal camps

Working on Lock 15 of the Grantham Canal. PHOTO: WRG

WATERWAY Recovery Group has launched its schedule of fun-filled, canal restoring working holidays for 2017!

WRG’s week-long holidays, called Canal Camps, offer a unique opportunity to volunteer and learn new skills, whilst exploring amazing parts of Britain’s industrial heritage.

Its volunteering holidays act as a catalyst to each canal restoration project, making significant progress in just one week. Working together, WRG volunteers can achieve great things, such as building a canal basin or a new section of canal, restoring a flight of locks, removing tonnes of rubbish from a canal or even rebuilding a bridge.

In summer 2016, WRG volunteers contributed over £400,000 in volunteer hours towards restoring the canal network of England and Wales!

WRG attracts a wide range of volunteers of all ages (18+) and backgrounds. In addition, WRG helped 58 students Duke of Edinburgh’s Award students complete their Gold Award residential. It also had over 20 international volunteers from Spain, Italy, Germany and France attend a Canal Camp in 2016.

In 2017, 28 Canal Camps are planned fon 13 different canal restoration sites, offering volunteers the chance to rebuild a weir on the North Walsham & Dilham Canal in Norfolk, restore a lock on the Cotswold Canals, or repair a canal basin on the Stover Canal in Devon.

WRG are also running a Family Canal Camp for the first time – open to families with children aged between 8-14. So it’s already looks like 2017 is shaping up to be a busy year with several new sites and big restoration projects underway.

Book Now!

A full list of Canal Camp dates and locations is now available online. You can also view an online version of the 2017 Canal Camps Brochure at



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