Easter outings by the water

If you’re looking for an Easter adventure then look no further than your nearest canal or river. Whether you’ve had enough of the family and you need to get away from it all or you want make some special memories with your loved ones there’s something for you down by the water.

We’ve put together a guide to our favourite Easter days out by the water but if you need some more inspiration then take a look at all of our different places to visit.

A young girl playing with an engine in the National Waterways MuseumBest for an eventful weekend: National Waterways Museum, Cheshire

The National Waterways Museum in Ellesemere Port is a hub of activity over Easter. The annual Easter Boat Gathering & Sea Shanty Festival will see colourful boats and even more colourful performers make their way to the museum on the banks of the Shropshire Union Canal. This promises to be a great day out for the whole family.

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Best for getting away from it all: Drakeholes, Nottinghamshire

Fancy escaping the crowds and treating yourself to some much-needed peace and quiet? There are plenty of soothing destinations on our canals and rivers and Drakeholes is one of our favourites. It’s a Site of Special Scientific Interest, making it a great place to spot wildlife. It’s the perfect place for a relaxing walk and there’s even a welcoming country pub to unwind in.

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Stratford River FestivalBest for culture: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

You can’t beat Stratford-upon-Avon for culture by the water. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is right next to the river in the heart of the town, Shakespeare’s birthplace is just a short stroll away from the canal and Mary Arden’s house is a picturesque three-mile walk from the town centre along the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal. When you’re finished you can make your way back to Bancroft Basin and watch the colourful boats go past while you’re eating ice cream from Shakee's Ice Cream Boat.

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Best for gongoozling: Fradley Junction, Staffordshire

Gongoozling, or watching canal boats float past can be done anywhere on our canals and rivers but Fradley Junction has to be one of our favourite spots to indulge in this relaxing pastime. There are plenty of benches offering superb views, an audio trail and even a pond-dipping platform to keep little ones happy. With a café and a pub to keep you sustained it’s a wonderful place to while away a lazy afternoon.

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Family having a picnic in the picnic area at Anderton Boat LiftBest for boat trips: Anderton Boat Lift, Cheshire

The Anderton Boat Lift connects the Weaver Navigation to the Trent & Mersey Canal in spectacular style. A giant iron construction lifts our trip boats over 50 feet in the air in almost exactly the same way that freight boats would have been raised when the lift was first built in 1875. With a café and fascinating visitor centre it’s the perfect day out if you’ve got little ones in tow.

Find out more about the Anderton Boat Lift

Find an event

There are also events taking place all over our waterways. Check out our events calendar to find out what’s going on in your area.

Last date edited: 18 March 2016