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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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Young canal fans are being encouraged to head to Caen Hill Locks this half term, as the historic landmark on the Kennet & Avon Canal hosts a series of family friendly activities.
Held by the Trust – aboard The Admiral, the Trust’s welcome boat moored in the middle of the locks, youngsters will be able to take part in the ‘Caen Hill Trail’, as well as getting artistic with butterflies and origami.
There will also be the opportunity for some young adventurers to take on an iconic waterway role by becoming Junior Lock Keepers for an hour, helping boaters through the famous flight of 16 locks.
Thelma Edwards, lead volunteer on The Admiral for the Trust, said: "The Kennet & Avon Canal is a great place to come to enjoy some family fun time, and there will be lots going on aboard The Admiral to help children make the most of their visit to Caen Hill."
The activities will run from 10.30am to 4.30pm, every day between Saturday 22 and Sunday 30 October, with Junior Lock Keeper sessions running on Tuesday and Friday. Sessions can be booked in advance by calling 01380 737 948. All children will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult and wear appropriate clothing if taking part.
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