Foxton Locks

Foxton Locks

Foxton Locks, Gumley Road, Foxton, Leicestershire, LE16 7RA.

When Foxton Locks were completed in 1814, canal trade was booming. The locks became a bottleneck with loads of boats wanting to use them at the same time. To solve the problem, a boat lift was built which carried boats up and down the steep hill in giant tanks of water.

Visit Foxton Locks to discover the full story and find out why the lift was only open for ten years.

Workshops

Foxton Locks is the perfect place to see and understand engineering at its best. These grand constructions changed this landscape forever.

Our team of Explorers Education Volunteers offers you the opportunity to visit this important set of locks and support learning with interactive guided walks and inspiring sessions focusing on:

KS1 KS2

Discover Canal people how they lived and the Local history.

Habitats and lifecycles and the importance of wildlife and Biodiversity

Build a canal to discover how were the canals made

Water safety and the importance of how to be safe around the water’s edge.

A Plastic Challenge - clear our canal of plastic and help reduce, re-use and re-cycle to benefit our environment.

How a lock works – Discover how a lock works, what it does and see one in operation

Floating and Sinking - this workshop will help children develop a clearer understanding of the factors affecting whether something sinks or floats.

 

Learning Resources

Use the following resources to support learning on your visit and back in the classroom:

Life on the English Waterways

All About Canals

Find out more about Foxton Locks.

Facilities

Free facilities for teachers include pre-visits, risk assessments and downloadable trails.

Practicalities include toilets in upper and lower car parks, outdoor picnic area, shop, café, restaurant, pub, canal museum, stable building, and interpretive trail.

Coaches need to park in the pay & display car parks.

Don't forget a boat trip!

Book direct with Vagabond Boat Trips.

T: 0116 2792285

Price

Visits to Foxton Locks are FREE!