Stoke Bruerne, Towcester, Northamptonshire NN12 7SE.
Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum is a fantastic day out. It gives schools a great first-hand experience of a canal village and life on the canals in the past. It also provides an excellent location to study the local area, wildlife and learn more about the history of the waterways.
The Grand Union Canal cuts through Stoke Bruerne, between houses, pubs and workshops. A restored corn mill houses the museum and there you can follow the story of Britain’s canals, from the engineers and navvies who built them, to the people who lived and worked on the waterways.
This session helps children to understand how and why canals were built and how they changed Britain. It provides an interactive way of discussing local industry and how the arrival of the canals shaped the landscape.
Find out more about the lives of the people working on the canal, including dressing up in traditional costumes.
Our volunteers will demonstrate the lock next to the museum and explain how it works. If you're lucky you might even see a boat going through the lock!
Have a go at building model canal bridges and find out why arches are such a good shape.
Our waterways offer rich and varied habitats so spotting wildlife is guaranteed! This workshop helps children discover the rich variety of mini-beasts and wildlife that rely on water to live and grow. Activities include exploring different wildlife habitats along the canal towpath and bug hunting in the woods.
Guided trails are available around Stoke Bruerne Museum and along the towpath to Blisworth Tunnel and through the woods.
FREE facilities for teachers include pre-visits, entry for teachers (and carers), lesson planning and risk assessments.
Practicalities include: indoor and outdoor picnic area, toilets including disabled access, shop, café, bag/coat storage, coach parking.
Get out on the water and book a boat trip. 30-minute boat trips into the mouth of the tunnel are available from two separate boat companies.
Narrowboat Charlie, seats 26: 07966 503609 www.stokebruerneboats.co.uk
Narrowboat Indian Chief, seats 40: 01604 862428 www.boatinn.co.uk
Admission: £3.00 per child for museum visit and activities; over 25 children £2.75 per child.
Boat trips: from £2.50 per person.