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News article created on 31 July 2017

Banish school holiday boredom at Stourport Basins

Families are being invited to enjoy free fun by the water at Stourport Basins this summer as part of a series of events aimed at helping youngsters learn about history and wildlife on their local canal.

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Together with Stourport Forward, we're organising a series of ‘Waterways Wednesdays’ events this summer.

As part of the fun, taking place over four successive Wednesdays starting from 2 August, families will be able to learn about ducks, explore historic boat Bramble, build their very own canal and learn about staying safe by the water.

The events are all being run by volunteers from the Trust’s ‘Explorers’ education programme and will give a taster of the activities available to local schools over the course of the academic year. The team of volunteers will be available to go into schools from September to help children explore the wildlife on their nearest canals and bring local history to life.

Sarah Bicknell, education coordinator for the Canal & River Trust said "The Waterways Wednesdays will be a great chance to banish any school holiday boredom, getting the kids out into the fresh air, learning about their local canals and having some fun along the way.

Stourport Basins are a really lovely spot, bursting with wildlife and with lots of historical features, so whether it’s building your very own canal or stepping on board a historic boat, these events will give a great opportunity to get out there and explore.

Our team of volunteers are really looking forward to meeting lots of local families, helping to inspire them and get their imaginations going, and we hope these events will be just the start of a very busy and fun year."

The events each take place between 10.00am and 12.00pm at the Tontine Gardens, Stourport Basins and details of the activities are:

2 August – Duck Day
9 August – Build a Canal Day
16 August – Bramble Boat Day
26 August – Water Safety Day

The Explorers education programme offers a range of fun learning activities and visit ideas to bring local history and nature to life. The education volunteers offer free themed workshops in school and out on the towpath along with downloadable lesson plans and resources to support a visit to the canal. All activities and materials are linked to the National Curriculum.

For further resources and activities for schools, group leaders and children go to www.canalriverexplorers.org.uk. Schools wanting to book a session with the Explorers team can contact Sarah Bicknell or call her on 07715 377788 uk.