Open Day at Foxton Locks

We'll be draining the locks at Foxton this winter. Held over several open weekends, you're invited to experience this unique view of the lock flight.

Event details

15 February 2020 to 8 March 2020

10:00am - 3:00pm

Foxton Locks

Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal)

Address

Foxton Locks Top Lock Cottage

Gumley Road
Foxton
LE16 7RA.

Our famous Foxton Locks are getting a bit of a make over this winter, including  gate replacements, brickwork and ladder repairs. And you're invited to come and take a much closer look than normal.

What's on at Foxton Locks this winter

From 15 February to the 8 March, we're holding the following family events and activities:

Saturday 15 February - 10.00am to 3.00pm: Rose and Castle painting

(Drop in activity) Come and try your hand at this traditional canal craft, we’ll have staff on hand to guide you as you paint your own wooden spoon or paper plate in the 'Rose and Castle' style.

Sunday 16 February - 10.00am to 12 noon and 1.00pm to 3.00pm: Photography workshops

(Places limited – book ahead on Eventbrite) Join the Market Harborough photographic society for this introductory workshop, teaching you composition tips and taking you out on site to try out your new skills. Places are limited so booking is essential, visit our event page on Eventbrite for details and to book your place.

Saturday 22 February - 10.00am to 3.00pm: Jewellery making

(Drop in activity) Have a go at creating your own piece of jewellery to take home and treasure.

Sunday 23 February - 10.00am to 4.30pm: Lets Fish!

(Limited places – book on Eventbrite – with some drop in availability) OUr award winning, Let's Fish! fishing taster sessions with coaching from our professional angling coaches and provided by our own Angling and fisheries team. You must book ahead for this very popular activity.

Saturday 29 February - 10.00am to 3.00pm: Let’s paint!

(Drop in activity) Create your own masterpiece inspired by the beautiful site at Foxton, be it the wildlife of the construction works, there’s plenty to see. Borrow a variety of painting materials and get creative.

Sunday 1 March - 10.00am to 12 noon and 1.00pm to 3.00pm: Photography workshops

(Places limited – book ahead on Eventbrite) Join the Market Harborough photographic society for this introductory workshop, teaching you composition tips and taking you out on site to try out your new skills. Places are limited so booking ahead on our Eventbrite page is essential, visit

Saturday 8 March - 10.00am to 3.00pm: Lego big build

(Drop in activity) Join our Master Builder, Steve Guinness, and help us create a lego masterpiece! We’ll be working together to create a large lego canal boat.

Sunday 9 March - 10.00am to 3.00pm: Lego big build

(Drop in activity) Join our Master Builder, Steve Guinness, and help us create a lego masterpiece! We’ll be working together to create a large lego canal boat.

Guided walks

Thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery, visitors will have the opportunity to step down into one of the locks on a specially-installed staircase. The locks are open all day on a free-flow basis as we want as many people as possible to experience the vital work carried out by the Trust to repair and care for our waterways.

Guided walks will take place at regular intervals throughout the day, starting at the welcome station, to give you an overview of the site and learn about Foxton's heritage.

We look forward to welcoming you to Foxton Locks.

Foxton Locks in the sunshine Foxton Locks on a sunny day