London & Hertfordshire

London & Hertfordshire

Various sites.

Our guided walks at Limehouse, Brentford and Enfield are well established and have been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge. You will compare the nearest river with the canal, find out how a lock works, learn about the local history and spot the surprisingly wide variety of waterbirds. During most of our walks children have spotter books to complete.

Our Explorers team love researching and planning walks in new locations so we can also lead walks in Southall, Hackney, Waltham Forest and Broxbourne. There’s always a fascinating local story to tell so please contact us if you would like a guided walk near your school. If you are concerned about safety – don’t worry – our volunteers are always willing to give a water assembly in your school and we always teach the children how to be safe near water before we set off.

Workshops

All About the River Lea

This talk traces how the river has been used over the past 1000 years from Viking invaders to its role in the Olympic Park. Is it a river or a canal? Is it spelt Lea or Lee? Why is the river important for fishing, cucumbers and guns? Children will have lots of archive pictures to look at, some objects relating to life on the canal to handle (no guns!) and some costumes to wear.

All About the Grand Union Canal

This talk looks at the importance of the Grand Union canal as a major trade route from London to the Midlands. When and how was it built? What cargoes were carried? How long is it? What jobs would children have done on the canal? Children will have lots of archive pictures to look at, some objects relating to life on the canal to handle and some costumes to wear.

All About the Limehouse Cut

This talk looks at why the Limehouse Cut was built. Where is it and why is it called a cut? What’s the link to Eastenders? What is a ropewalk? What would Limehouse Basin have looked like in the past? Children will have lots of archive pictures to look at, some objects relating to life on the canal to handle and some costumes to wear.

All About the Regent’s Canal

This talk is about the Regent’s Canal which was built to link the River Thames at Limehouse to the Grand Union Canal in Paddington . Why was it built? What cargoes were carried on the canal? What is its link to Norway and ice? What happened after the railways were built? Children will have lots of archive pictures to look at, some objects relating to life on the canal to handle and some costumes to wear.

Learning Resources

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

All About Rivers

All About Canals

Life on the English Waterways

Canal & River Habitats Topic Pack

Price

All visits to our London sites are FREE!