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.
Something for everyone
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