If you have been following my adventures on the narrowboat this year, you will know that Kath and I are now travelling the UK by canal full time. We thought that it would be a great time to become part of the wonderful network of Canal Traders.
What are Canal Traders?
A Canal Trader is someone who has decided to setup and run a small business on the inland waterways of the UK. Some live aboard (like myself and Kath) whilst others use their narrowboat as a creative space in which to make and sell their craft.
Some Canal Traders also sell online, so if you are looking for a gift for someone, do check out the list of traders here: https://www.rcta.org.uk/directory
In order to trade on the towpath, it is necessary to have a Roving Trader licence from Canal and River Trust. This gives you permission to setup shop wherever you moor, as long as you are on a canal (river trading is licensed separately).
The Roving Canal Traders Association also setup and run floating markets at various locations throughout the UK. These are a great opportunity to moor up alongside other creative types and meet many new potential customers. Do keep an eye on the events calendar for a floating market near you!
To keep up to date with our movements and to find out where we will next be setting up shop, please follow us on social media. We post real time updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I will also post on this website so you can sign up for alerts here too. We would love to meet you in person!
In the mean time, please do check out my online shop – I am constantly updating it with new original watercolours.