News article created on 18 June 2018

Let's fish: family events in Birmingham

We are inviting people to try fishing for free during events taking place on the city’s famous canals over the next three weeks.

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It’s part of a series of events we are running in partnership with the Angling Trust at locations up and down the country. The sessions will encourage people to get outdoors and experience the peaceful family time available on their doorstep.

The Birmingham events will be taking place on Saturday 23 June, Saturday 30 June and Sunday 8 July on the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal in Aston.

Visitors to the events will be taught the basics of fishing by a professional coach and get the opportunity to learn about the huge variety of fish found in canals and rivers. All tackle and bait as well as a rod license and fishing permit will be provided for free on the day meaning people can just book in and have a go.

John Ellis, national fisheries & angling manager for the Trust, explains: "Fishing on your local canal or river is a great way of clearing your mind and disconnecting from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Many people may not realise that it’s also great exercise and that you can burn 500 calories in one morning’s fishing.

"Our free Lets Fish events are an opportunity for local people to learn a new skill, relax, and enjoy spending time together with family and friends. It’s surprisingly easy to learn and the concentration involved can be great for ourmental wellbeing.

Our waterways are home to millions of fish including around 40 different species. We are the single largest owner of coarse fishing rights in England and Wales with over 2,000 miles of waterways and over 40 feeder reservoirs. The fish in its waterways are worth an estimated £40 million."

The events in Birmingham will all take place between 10am and 4pm on the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal at Avenue Road, Aston B7 4NT.