HAYES Canal Festival is back on the Grand Union on Sunday, May 29, for the first time in nearly three years.

From free boat trips and canoe sessions to fishing and a climbing wall, there will be activities and live entertainment throughout the day – on water and land – from noon until 5pm.

Linking up with Hillingdon Council and Retail Revival, the Canal & River Trust, a charity, is currently working on a ‘canal retail trail’ to help regenerate the town.

At the event, people will be encouraged to follow the trail, visiting the town centre and the independent businesses there, finishing at Retail Revival’s stall, where they can then collect a free goodie bag.

Ros Daniels, trust director for London & the South East, said: “Hayes Festival is one of our favourite events we run during the summer months.

“We’re especially excited to be bringing it back, celebrating the contribution that volunteers and partners are making across London’s waterways, 10 years after the Canal & River Trust was established to protect and promote them.”

David Brough, who chairs the Hillingdon Canals Partnership, added: “We started Hayes Canal Festival eight years ago to raise awareness of the fantastic asset the Grand Union Canal provides for people.

“Since it has been run by the Canal and River Trust, it has gone from strength to strength and become a highlight of the year for Hayes families.

“After the break caused by the pandemic it is a joy to see it happening again.”

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