Volunteering at Bugsworth Basin

The restoration of Bugsworth Basin would not have happened if it had not been for volunteers. It took years of hard work and countless volunteer hours to re-open the basin to navigation.

Bugsworth Basin is now an attractive and interesting destination for boaters, walkers, outdoor pursuits groups, wildlife enthusiasts and those interested in industrial history. There is still plenty to do and we need more volunteers to continue the maintenance of the basin, and put our ideas for the future into practice.

Bugsworth Basin now attracts more than 50,000 visitors a year, many are interested in the history, the restoration and the future of the basin. We would like more volunteers who can talk to our visitors and we would like to develop a programme of guided history tours.

Costume not essential!

Help is needed in the shop to raise funds and meet and greet boaters, walkers etc.

New volunteers are always needed to ensure that the present high standards of maintenance are upheld. We meet roughly fortnightly on Sunday. There is usually regular work such as grass cutting, weeding and other grounds maintenance and seasonal work of painting the bridges, railings and fences.



Problem solving

We have built a replica of a Peak Forest Tramway wagon which is now on display on original rails.


Our next project is constructing picnic tables, benches and planters using reclaimed oak balance beams.

Any help you could give, in any of these areas, whether on a regular basis or occasionally would be very welcome.

Please contact us by email: volunteer@bugsworthbasin.org.

Or come and have a chat at with our volunteers on one of our workdays (below).

Work programme

Working days are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at the basin. The dates for 2018 are:

  • February 11th
  • February 25th
  • March 11th
  • March 25th
  • April 8th
  • April 22nd
  • May 13th
  • May 27th
  • June 10th
  • June 24th
  • July 8th
  • July 22nd
  • August 12th
  • August 26th
  • September 9th
  • September 23rd
  • October 14th
  • October 28th
  • November 11th
  • November 25th
  • December 9th

Occasionally there is work which has to be carried out on a weekday which is arranged on an ad hoc basis as need arises.

If you would like to work weekdays rather than (or as well as) Sunday, please let us know and we will try to accommodate.