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Education at Anderton Boat Lift

Our Explorers volunteers lead school visits as well as providing activities during school holidays.

Explorer education volunteer and pupils looking at insects in tub on towpath Explorer education volunteer with school group

Anderton Boat Lift gives children the unique opportunity to experience what it's like to travel on a Victorian boat lift. It's also a superb location from which to conduct a local study, watch wildlife and learn more about the history of the waterways outside of the classroom.

Anderton Boat Lift is an ideal place to bring your class. To ensure your day runs smoothly, there's an education visit manager, wet weather location for lunch and bag storage, toilets, disabled access, café and shop.

The children can observe the boat lift working up close or on a guided boat lift trip. An additional river trip is available to extend your time spent aboard.


The team at the Anderton Boat lift has put together an excellent new education package allowing you to get the most from your visit. This includes a series of led workshops, A Victorian Masterpiece and Is it a Work of Art?, linked to National Curriculum objectives and QCA Schemes of work.

  • Lift trips available to school groups at £5.25 per child (adults within 1:8 ratio free)

Please call 01606 786777 or email schools@andertonboatlift.co.uk for further details.

A Victorian Masterpiece

This workshop looks at the Victorian period, in which the lift was built, study the people who worked and used the lift, what their lives were like and the impact of the lift. Handling objects and looking at the clothes these people wore helps to bring them to life and provides a connection to the past. Children will have an opportunity to create a peg doll dressed in the appropriate costume for profession and era.

NC: Hist 1a, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 3, 4a, 5b, 5c, 7, 8a, 11a

QCA: History Unit 12 How did life change in our locality in Victorian times?

History Unit 18 What was it like to live here in the past?

Is it a work of art?

Taking a different slant on the boat lift, looking it as a work of art, this workshop will look at colour, line and texture. The children will look at the work of other artists to help them produce their own interpretations of the Anderton Boat Lift. Children will develop skills in the media with which they are working and produce some final pieces which can be taken back to share at school.

NC: Art 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 4a, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d

This workshop can be linked to QCA and Cheshire Art Schemes.

Last date edited: 9 February 2016