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News article created on 9 December 2013

Enjoy a festive paddle along the Grand Union Canal

A festive family-friendly canoe paddle is being offered along one of Birmingham’s most popular waterways this Christmas with the added chance to meet and receive a special present from Father Christmas.

The event, which is being organised by outdoor activity group Ackers Adventure, supported by the Canal & River Trust and Go Canoeing, involves a gentle four mile paddle along the Grand Union Canal on Saturday 14 December. Starting at 9:45am the event is open to adults and children over eight years old and all equipment will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

The event is expected to last around three hours and once finished paddlers efforts will be rewarded with a traditional mince pie and, for adults, a warming glass of mulled wine.

Peaceful paddle 

Peter Mathews CMG, chair of the West Midlands Waterways Partnership for the Canal & River Trust, said: “Canoeing is a fantastic way to see the many miles of canals we have in Birmingham. Enjoying a peaceful paddle is one of the best ways to unwind and really be at one with the nature and history of the waterways. I would really encourage everyone to give canoeing a try.”

Abbie Payton, from Ackers Adventure, said: “We are so lucky to have many miles of canal right on our doorstep and this event is just a taster of the fun you can have along the waterways. Canoeing is a great sport to do in groups and is a fantastic way to get some exercise and enjoy the great outdoors.”

Please meet at Ackers Adventure, Waverley Canal Basin, Small Heath Highway, Birmingham B10 0DQ. Pre booking is essential and please wear warm clothing. Adults tickets are £20 and children £15. For more information and to book your place please call 0121 772 5111 or email info@ackers-adventure.co.uk