Waterside fun is free this October half term

Looking for inspiration this October half term? Read our top tips for keeping all the family entertained for free – with fresh air in abundance.

Children having fun along the canal Children having fun along the canal

October isn’t the most exciting month and with Christmas on the horizon it’s not the time for splashing the cash. So how can we fill the long grey days? How can we get the next generation off the sofa and ensure they bounce back to school ready for anything?

We know that spending time by the water makes people feel happier and healthier. Our 2,000 mile network of canals and rivers provides the perfect place to go for a stroll, feed the ducks and see something magnificent.

1. Admire the world's best heritage

drone wide shot of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

We’re proud to care for five World Heritage Sites around our network. On the Leeds & Liverpool Canal is Saltaire Sir Titus Salt’s fascinating Victorian mill and village. Talking of Liverpool – our Liverpool Canal Link runs the whole length of the maritime Liverpool World Heritage site, including the Albert Docks. But for sheer awesomeness you really have to take the kids to walk over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct before popping in to our free Trevor Basin Visitor Centre.

 2. Feed the ducks

Our canals and rivers are teeming with water birds. But please don’t feed them bread. It gives them a bad tummy. You’ll find loads of fab facts about how to help us keep our ducks healthy online. Download our free duck guide for some more fun on the go now.

3. Take a stroll

Walking is one of the nicest ways to explore our beautiful canals and rivers. Whether you fancy a 10 minute stroll or a vigorous all-day hike, by walking along the towpaths you’re guaranteed a traffic-free route and relaxing views of the water.

Find a family-friendly walk near you

Family walking on canal towpath

4. Enjoy a free day out – just around the corner

You’ll find boatloads of free visitor attractions up and down our canals; from the unique Anderton Boat Lift to the highest, longest, deepest tunnel in the UK, Standedge and its free visitor centre. We’ve got awe-inspiring lock flights including Foxton, Caen Hill, Hatton and Bingley Five Rise and a whole host of beautiful places, teeming with history, where you can sit and watch the world float by.

5. Explore and more

Explorers is our fantastic programme of learning fun for children and schools. We've put together fact sheets, activity guides, stories and games so your kids can get even more out of their visit to our waterways.

6. Get on your bike

Cycling along our towpaths is great way to get some gentle exercise. We have more than 2,000 miles of fairly level, traffic-free towpaths for you to enjoy whatever your age or ability.

Find your favourite waterside ride

7. Exciting events

There’s always something happening near the water.

Check out our events calendar

8. Discover what’s local to you

Find out what's happening in your area including news, events, places to visit, volunteering opportunities and stories from our wonderful waterways.

Last date edited: 11 October 2018