We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Push the boat out this Father's Day

We've got some great ideas for Father's Day - from quality family time somewhere special to celebrating with a bang. We've even got suggestions for what to buy the pickiest of Dads.

Family by the canal Family by the canal

Dads can be hard to please sometimes, but we have suggestions to make Father's Day memorable... whatever the weather!

Family time is ever more precious in our fast-paced world, but once you step onto the towpath everything slows down. Our work to take care of 2,000 miles of canals and rivers means that there are hundreds of special places where you can re-connect over a waterside walk, watching the colourful boats and feeding the ducks (no bread please!)

Family festivals

There's always something going on by the water, and Father's Day weekend is no exception. We've got festivals, a carnival, a canoeing day and a bike race - not forgetting a Father's Day breakfast and Boat Trip at Standedge Tunnel and special Father's Day activities at Anderton Boat Lift as well.

Find out more in our events calendar.

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 are the place to get a new perspective on your world. A place where inquisitive young minds and excited hands can touch, play and explore - and there's somewhere dry to go if it rains!

Find out more about our museums and attractions

Family cycling Family cycling

A Father's Day gift with a difference

Forget socks, aftershave or chocolates, this year give your Dad something that really makes his day.

If your Dad has a favourite spot by our canals and rivers you can gift it to him for a whole year through Love my stretch.

You can even share the story of why this place means so much to your family on our dedicated website.

Last date edited: 16 June 2017