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Welcome to the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust. We’re the charity that saved the Kennet & Avon Canal which runs from Bristol to Reading. Now we work to Protect, Enhance and Promote Britain’s best waterway. Browse our site to find out about our boat trips, our steam engines, our events and our cafes. Lots to do along the very best 87 miles in southern England.

The Autumn 2019 version of our Trust magazine is now online. Please click here to view.


Following the relaxation of restrictions on opening of visitor attractions, we are now working to restore our activities where it is safe to do so.

Crofton Beam Engines will reopen to the public on Saturday 18 July at 10.30, and will then be open from Friday to Sunday each week, from 10.30 to 3.30.

We are now also taking bookings for holiday hire of Bruce Boats.  Please visit the Bruce Boats website or contact for more information.  We will make further announcements about restarting public trips on our other boats.  Full details will be published on the individual websites for each boat.

Our caf├ęs have all reopened, apart from Crofton, but with some changes in opening times.  Up to date information can be found on social media.

The Museum at Devizes remains closed for the time being.  The Trust office is also closed, and staff are working from home.  Please see our Contact Us page for a full list of email addresses.

Annual General Meeting

The 58th Annual General Meeting of The Kennet & Avon Canal Trust will be held at Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, Couch Lane, Devizes, SN10 1EB including the option to attend by electronic means, on Saturday 19th September, commencing at 10.30 am. Please note – the original version of our AGM notice stated the venue to be West Lavington Village Hall, this has now been changed. 

For more details please see the AGM notice here.

A proxy form can be found here and guidance for attending by virtual means can be found here. 

Our draft Articles of Association can be found here. Members are asked to review Articles 14 – 21 of this draft document; these have been revised from our current Articles of Association to allow attendance at General Meetings by electronic means and to reduce the quorum to ten persons. These revisions will be voted on under a Special Resolution at the AGM on 19 September 2020.  If there are any questions on these revisions, these can be addressed by e-mail to the Secretary ( or raised at the AGM on the day.