About Us

How it all began

Towards the end of 1988 a small group of boaters, some of whom were Kennet & Avon Canal Trust members, used to go to the Canal Tavern, Bradford on Avon for a quiet Sunday lunchtime pint (6X of course). They generally talked about the increasing number of boats using the Western end of the K&A canal. 

As members of the K&A Canal Trust they realised that KACT had a broad remit to represent all canal interests and not just those of boaters so it was suggested that they would form a Boat Club that, as well as being a social club, would also give boaters a voice.

After several weeks of discussion they decided to call the club The Canal Taverners with two primary objectives:

● xxxxxSocial

● xxxxxTo engage with the navigation authority (then BritishWaterways) to promote and support any measures which would improve navigation and boating activities.

The landlord of the Canal Tavern gave them permission to hold meetings in the Dundas Bar on any Wednesday evening and so in March 1989 the CTBC was founded and they adopted a motto — ‘Panic Slowly’.

As the canal opened up to through navigation in the early nineties, more and more boats were using the canal and by the mid nineties the Club’s membership had increased from approximately eight in the beginning to over 60 members.

Where and when we meet

The Club meets at the Canal Tavern, 49 Frome Road, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LE on the third Wednesday of each month (with the exception of December when there is no meeting), starting at 7.30 pm. 

After formal club matters there is either an invited speaker or an activity such as a quiz or auction.

The Club’s Annual General Meeting is held in January. 

What we do

The Canal Taverners Boat Club is a very friendly and socially active club with events arranged throughout the year which include the Annual Dinner & Presentation night, Inter-club Boules Competition, several planned and impromptu BBQs and a Sausage & Mash Lunch in the Canal Tavern (Christmas/New Year).

Club members also attend events such as the Bristol Harbour Festival, Newbury Waterways Festival, the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust BBQ and the Carol Service at Dundas Wharf.


The Club is a member of the Association of Waterway Cruising Clubs (AWCC) and we are represented on the K&A Canal Users Forum.

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