FAQs


Scroll down to see answers to the following questions or contact us if you have another query.

When is the festival?
Where is the festival?
What activities are taking place?
Do you have to pay?
Where can I get food?
What music and entertainment is there?
Is there a Raft Race?
Where are the toilets?

Can I bring my dog?
Is the festival suitable for wheelchairs?
Are there trips on barges?
How can I get on the water?
What is the Kingfisher Shuttle?
What First Aid cover is in place?
Is there space for prams and pushchairs?


When is the festival?
Saturday 15th June, 12-5pm

Where is the festival?
The festival takes place at various locations between the Lochrin Basin and Harrison Park. See more details here.

What activities are taking place?
We have loads of free activities – they are all listed in the various zones in the programme pages.

Do you have to pay?
The majority of the festival is FREE. Some of the on-water activities will ask for donations or a payment – those that require this are noted in the programme page listings.

Where can I get food?
Some of the stalls are offering drinks and food, and we would encourage you to support our local businesses by visiting cafes that are on or near the canal. See here for a map and opening times. You are also welcome to bring a picnic!

What music and entertainment is there?
We have are variety of local musicians and community bands spread across four areas plus roving performers. See here for more details.

Is there a Raft Race?
Yes! We are partnering with Driftwood Adventure to provide a safe and fun way for people to get involved. Entrants are encouraged to come in fancy dress and decorate a pre-made raft to race down the canal. It will take place 2.30-4.30pm near the Liftbridge. All the details are here.

Where are the toilets?
Venues taking part in the Canal Festival will be opening their doors to festival goers – some of these have accessible toilets. These include: North Merchiston Club, Polwarth Church, Fountainbridge Library, Bainfield Student Accommodation, Edinburgh Printmakers and Towpath Cafe (above Biketrax). Portaloos are available at Harrison Park West and the Leamington Liftbridge.

Can I bring my dog?
Well behaved dogs on leads are very welcome at the festival. Please be respectful of other festival goers. Dogs are even welcome to participate in the raft race! See here for more details.

Is the festival suitable for wheelchairs?
Yes – the majority of the festival can be accessed on paved and flat paths. Some of the activities take place on grass, so access here may be dependent on the weather. Contact us for more information or questions about specific places.

Are there trips on barges?
No – with the new focus of being a community doors open day, we want groups who operate year-round on the canal to showcase their activities at their normal bases. This includes taster sessions for beginners at the Forth Canoe Club and row boats at the Ashley Terrace Boat House. Due to the turning circles need by barges, barge trips would disrupt these activities and cause safety concerns for the clubs.
If you want to find out about free or paid barge trips at other times of year, please sign up to the Fountainbridge Canalside Community Trust e-news to hear about other community events we offer.

How can I get on the water?
There are a number of ‘on water’ activities. Driftwood are offering taster sessions (£5 for 30 mins) at the Leamington Liftbridge, Forth Canoe Club have taster sessions at their Club House (donations please) and there is row boat hire at the Ashley Terrace Boat House. The Kingfisher Shuttle is a 6-person open boat that travels between Boroughmuir High School and Polwarth Church. There is no cost and no pre-booking. Or why not enter the Raft Race – it’s free!

What is the Kingfisher Shuttle?
The Kingfisher Shuttle is intended to provide an alternative mode of transport for those who would struggle with the 10-15 minutes walk along the canal between the Fountainbridge Green and Harrison Park East zones. Kingfisher is a 6-person open boat that travels between Boroughmuir High School and Polwarth Church. There is no cost and no pre-booking. As it only takes 6 people you will probably have to wait. Please note the boat requires a small amount of balance and mobility to step into. Lifejackets provided.

What First Aid cover is in place?
Corstophine First Aid will have a base at the Bainfield Student Accommodation near to Fountainbridge Green. Fixed venues (e.g. cafes, North Merchiston Club, Polwarth Church, Edinburgh Printmakers) will have First Aid arrangements in place, and some of the Canal Festival Marshals are First Aid trained.

Is there space for prams and pushchairs?
This festival is on the flat and mainly in open park areas. There is space to wheel prams around the different areas and visit all areas. There is no specific pram parking.