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News article created on 17 July 2012

Horses take over at National Waterways Museum

The early days of canals will be celebrated at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port with the Horses At Work event on Sunday 5 August.

Experts and families will have a great day out at this atmospheric event. Oliver Briscoe, marketing manager

Heavy horses will be visiting the museum to give a spectacular demonstration of horse-drawn canal boating – as well as old style horse and carts clip-clopping around the extensive museum grounds.

Visitors will also be able to see costumed performances, a harnessing demonstration, and join special tours of the site, which highlight the horse-powered history of canals.

Horse drawn cart rides will be running on the day taking visitors on a loop of the waterfront and for youngsters there will be pony rides available from the Parkgate Pony Sanctuary.

A link back to the early history of canals

Marketing manager Oliver Briscoe said: “Horses at Work has really carved out a place in our museum calendar over the last few years, and this year should be a good edition. It’s a real link back to the early history of canals – after all the stables at the museum are among the oldest buildings in Ellesmere Port.

“The museum will be brought to life and there will be plenty for visitors to see and do – both experts and families will have a great day out at this atmospheric event.”