News article created on 16 September 2021

Join us for a family fun day at Naburn

We're hosting a free family fun day at the picturesque and historic Naburn Locks on the River Ouse.

Family having fun by water Family having fun by water

Families can try canoeing with a qualified instructor, enjoy an afternoon tea, take part in history and theatre walks, and experience the nature trail and sensory garden.

Spending time with family

Lucy Dockray, our volunteer leader, said: “We know that being by water can have huge benefits for our physical and mental wellbeing. This is a great opportunity for people to spend time with their families, enjoying the fresh air, with lots of fun things to do.

“It will be a very informal day, and there’s no need to book, but we advise arriving early to avoid disappointment.”

What's on?

Canoeing sessions will be led by a qualified instructor, with all buoyancy aids provided. They are suitable for all ages and experience.

Tea by the Lock, an independent business, is offering a delicious afternoon tea with indoor and outdoor seating. Alternatively, families are welcome to bring their own picnics.  

There will also be a theatre-style, time-travelling walk, with children able to participate in hands-on activities along the way in order to save the canal from the nefarious Future Planner!

History buffs can explore an old WWII bunker, a real blacksmith’s forge and a workshop. There’s also a nature trail and sensory garden with beautiful and rare flora and fauna.

There is a limited number of parking spaces on site, and alternative parking is available in Naburn village, just under 1km away. Toilets are also available on site.