Posts Tagged ‘trading boats’

Coal boat Aquilon for sale as going concern

Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

The coal boat Aquilon, run by Spencer and Victoria Collins of The Boatyard, Hilperton, is for sale as a going concern after eight years of trading. The boatyard and chandlery will continue trading as normal.

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Floating market in Newbury 26th-28th August

Monday, August 21st, 2017

There will be a floating market on the K&A in Newbury over the August bank holiday weekend. It will take place at Victoria Park from 10am to 6pm between 26th and 28th August.

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Floating market this weekend 29th-30th July, Bradford on Avon

Monday, July 24th, 2017

There will be a floating market at Bradford on Avon Lower Wharf this weekend, 29th-30th July. Many of the K&A’s talented craftspeople, artists and traders will be selling their wares from 10am to 6pm this Saturday and Sunday.

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Bradford on Avon Arts Festival wants trading boats and boatie artists for fair in September

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The Bradford on Avon Arts Festival is looking for trading boats and liveaboard artists and craftspeople for a traders fair between 1st and 20th September 2014.

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Trading boats under threat

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Recently BW has proposed changes in rules and regulations that affect roving canal traders such as coal and diesel boats and travelling shops. The main change BW wants to make is to increase their licence fee.

The present situation is that most of these traders pay £30-£40 over and above a normal boat licence fee on the basis that their business is what BW call ‘low intensity’ – they only make a small amount of profit. The new fee will see their business licence replaced with a normal licence and a new permit, and lots of extra regulations. This will see the fee increase to £156 above the normal licence fee. Their ability to trade and make a living on the waterways will be affected.

A new web site has been set up with the aim of giving a voice to the small traders on the canals of the United Kingdom.

It’s at

There are many traders on the canal selling a diverse range of products such as traditional canalware, ropes, fenders, cheese, groceries, jewellery, fudge , cratch covers, boat names and embroidery.  The many trades afloat serve the boating community, bring diversity and enhance the public’s enjoyment of the waterways. We wish them the best of luck in challenging this licence fee increase.