Greenford Quay’s annual waterside party wows families!

In rain or shine, Greenford Quay’s 2023 Canal Festival certainly didn’t disappoint. Hundreds of people visited the canalside rental neighbourhood this August Bank Holiday, for the second annual celebration of Greenford’s beautiful waterway.

A packed programme of activities welcomed West London residents and visitors to appreciate the area’s unique wildlife and diverse independent businesses. Managed by Greystar, Greenford Quay is set in an enviable waterfront location and offers high quality pet-friendly flats to rent in London. There are studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments to choose from, fantastic onsite amenities, and a welcoming community in Ealing – with events held throughout the year.

This year’s Canal Festival included a host of arts and crafts for all the family — from bug hotel building to clay bird modelling and painting. While children could discover their inner clown with performances and magic shows from Flying Seagull Circus Entertainment. Visitors could also take advantage of the tranquil waterside setting with a canal boat trip or kayaking session along the Grand Union Canal.

Greenford Quay: a place to relax

New for 2023, Lyons Retreat wellness hub offered visitors the chance to slow down and take a breath, with a host of classes and activities for the mind and body. Greenford Quay’s serene waterside location became the perfect place for yoga – a morning relaxation practice run by Alma Blue Yoga.

Anyone wishing to indulge their creative side could attend a mindfulness painting class from Sans Art or try their hand at a phone photography workshop. There was even the chance for budding artists to make their own paper and wire animal sculptures.

Nazli Hussain said there was lots to enjoy: “Family friendly, sense of community, outdoor setting, super workshops, boat ride – all free and local – and I learnt some new skills.” Another visitor Chandan Bhati added: “There was a good atmosphere and activities for the kids.”


Those with green fingers could head to The Lock — another new addition for this year’s Canal Festival — where London community garden experts Urban Growth ran a programme of gardening sessions. Visitors could make their own Kimchi, become a rebel gardener by creating seed bombs or take part in a Japanese Kokedama workshop.

Summer fun for everyone

Elsewhere there were garden games including mini crazy golf, and a street market and bar serving up delicious food and drink, all set to a backdrop of great tunes and live music.

There was a real party atmosphere, with everyone enjoying the many activities on offer, despite the wet weather. One attendee, Kari, said: “It was very social, nice to meet neighbours and enjoy something different from other weekends.

 The Lock at Greenford Quay, offering one, two and three bedroom apartments for sale, were the proud sponsors of this year’s Canal Festival. A representative from Telford Homes said: “The Greenford Quay neighbourhood is forging an incredible community, which is essential in creating the best places to live. The team at The Lock are proud to work in partnership with Greystar to create a destination that brings people together.”

The summer event programme provides the perfect summer experience, bringing together Greenford Quay residents, the local community and beyond to enjoy classic films, food and drinks!”

Thanks to our community participants

We would like to thank all our fantastic community hub stallholders who attended this year’s Canal Festival. They were:

The Puddin Co – serving up indulgent desserts

Alma Blue Yoga – relaxing canalside yoga

GSura Artistry – henna art

I Beads UK – handmade beaded jewellery

Ecoance – eco hair and beauty products

Greenford Quay offers more than your average London rental apartment. As well as contemporary well-appointed living spaces, residents can expect the best onsite amenities, including a fully equipped gym, private cinema and rooftop terraces, set in a friendly neighbourhood. Canal Festival was part of their annual summer events series, which brings together all corners of the community in Ealing, West London.

To find out more about Greenford Quay’s unique West London community and explore one of our newest rental apartments, book a viewing today.

Apply for a Greenford Quay Community Grant with Spacehive

Spacehive is the home of community fundraising. Their mission is to make it easy for people to improve their local area. Through their intuitive crowdfunding platform and successful funding programmes they have helped crowdfund over 2,000 ideas and raised nearly £30 million to support local projects.

This year Greenford Quay partnered with Spacehive, in an exciting new initiative to fund locally led projects in the Greenford area that create a vibrant and engaged neighbourhood for its residents and the wider community. 

Aligning with the Spring funding round of Ealing Council's Ealing Together crowd funding programme which began in March, this partnership will feature a bespoke programme of activity delivered by Spacehive. 

Spacehive will reach into the community to find a range of important locally-led projects for crowdfunding that can secure funding from the the £14,500 Greenford Quay Fund, alongside other local funders including the Council (who have a £50k fund on Spacehive) as well as individuals. 

So far we have had a fantastic response from the community and shall award funds by the end of the year. This funding round closes at the end of November, to check your eligibility and submit your application please visit the Spacehive website. 

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