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News article created on 6 July 2015

Get creative with free family fun at Fradley

Families are being encouraged to get out in the sunshine, be creative and enjoy some free canalside fun at Fradley Junction.

On Sunday 19 July, we're inviting visitors to enjoy a day of crafty fun in the beautiful surroundings of Fradley Junction with its nature reserve and historic canalside buildings.

The day will give kids the chance to get creative and make their own dragonfly or take a tour of the nature reserve before making a picture out of some of the things they find along the way.

The event, which runs from 11am until 2pm, is being organised by 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 Trust said; “Summer is such a lovely time at Fradley and this event is a great opportunity to get the family out into the fresh air. It’s a chance for kids to really explore the local environment, looking closely for bits and pieces to create their own nature picture.

“Visitors will also be able to look out for dragonflies darting around the Pool, taking inspiration from their amazing colours for their own fantastic creations.

“It should be a really fun, creative day and I know the volunteers are really looking forward to welcoming local families and seeing their creations take shape.”

Free activities

The activities take place between 11am and 2pm on Sunday 19 July outside the Canal & River Trust offices in the café courtyard. All activities are free although parking is pay and display.

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.