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News article created on 6 April 2016

Fun for families at Fradley Junction

Families are being encouraged to explore the history of their local canal as part of a ‘boats and bridges’ event taking place at Fradley Junction on 17 April.

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You'll be able to make and decorate your very own paper narrowboat before following a canal trail along the towpath, picking up interesting facts along the way. You'll also learn all about the different types of bridge that can be found on a canal, find out about how they were built and have a go at constructing your own out of wood.

The event, which runs from 11am until 2pm, is being organised by the our ‘Explorers’ education programme aimed at teaching kids all about the wildlife of their local canals as well as how to enjoy them safely. The event is run by volunteers and is part of a monthly programme of things to do at Fradley Junction.

Hive of activity

The junction marks the meeting point of the Trent & Mersey and Coventry Canals and has supported a hive of activity on the canal over the past two centuries. Nowadays, with Fradley Pool, it has become a haven for wildlife and a popular visitor destination.

Sarah Cook, education coordinator for the Canal & River Trust, said: “Fradley is one of the busiest spots on the canal network so is the perfect place for families to see lots of colourful narrowboats and perhaps use them as inspiration for their own creations. It will be a great opportunity to have some fun while learning about the history of the canal and enjoying the great outdoors.”

The Fradley Education Volunteers lead visits where children can learn all about their local canal and the wildlife which lives around it. The volunteers can also provide cub-scout and brownie visits to Fradley in the spring/summer months.

For more information on school or event activities, please email sarah.cook@canalrivertrust.org.uk.