Push the boat out this Fathers' Day

Family time rushes by much too quickly, so this Fathers' Day head for your local canal where time slows down and lasting memories are made.

Family by the canal Family by the canal

Dads can be hard to please sometimes, but everyone agrees that time together is the gift to treasure. This year, step away from the novelty socks and plan a day out that the whole family can enjoy.  

Our research shows that spending time by water makes you happier and healthier, so what better way to treat your Dad than with a feel-good trip to your local canal? We're a charity and our work to take care of 2,000 miles of canals and rivers means there are hundreds of special places where you can re-connect over a waterside walk, watch the colourful boats and feed the ducks.

Miles of family smiles

When the daily grind takes its toll, time out on the towpath can put the smile back on everyone’s faces. Download our free nature guide and have even more fun along the way.

A family eating ice cream by the canal Eating ice cream at Stoke Bruerne

But what if it rains?

We all know that the British weather can't be relied upon. Fear not, our museums and attractions promise to inspire minds young and old.

Find out more about our museums and attractions

Family cycling Family cycling

Give the gift of time

Our towpaths can lead you to a day of adventure, of learning or of simple rest and recreation. Stroll for a while and watch the ripples on the water. Cycle somewhere new, with no fear of getting lost. Pack a picnic and make a day of it or head for a canalside pub or teashop when hunger strikes. Colourful narrowboats, families of ducks and our black and white historic locks will keep all the family interested in what’s around the next corner.

Best of all, this little dose of happiness is available free of charge, all day and every day. Maybe this year, the best Fathers' Day present of all would be a promise to spend more time together, enjoying the little things on your local canal.

Last date edited: 7 June 2019