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A fun day for budding waterway enthusiasts is to be held on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Bingley on Sunday 14 June with activities aimed at introducing young and old to the wonders of the canal, nature and history.
It will be held from 11:00am – 4:00pm at Bingley Five-Rise Locks, itself a triumph of engineering and popular tourist destination. Opened in 1774 the five locks are the steepest lock flight in the country and are a Wonder of the Waterways.
A host of free activities will be available for youngsters including hook a duck, mini pond dipping, crafts, trails and the chance to step aboard Kennet, a restored Leeds & Liverpool canal boat that dates back to 1947 when it was used to carry coal and general merchandise.
Our education co-ordinator, Katie Jackson said: “Over 50 per cent of people live within five miles of a canal or river and the Trust's Explorers programme has been created to help young people discover them while having lots of fun!
“The family day at Bingley Five-rise locks offers something for all ages. The locks themselves are a spectacle in their own right while for younger ones there will be a wide range of activities to keep them amused.
“The Kennet, a restored Leeds & Liverpool working canal boat, will also be moored up so that visitors can take a step back in time and find out what life was like on a working boat.
“Members of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society will also be on hand to talk about the history of the canal – which celebrates its 200th anniversary next year - and its importance to the economic success of the region.”
If you are a local teacher or group leader why not pop along to see the Trust’s volunteers in action. For more information visit canalrivertrust.org.uk/explorers/teachers/bingley
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