News article created on 10 July 2018

Life's better by water in the north west this summer

The people of the north west, from Manchester to Kendal and Liverpool to Chorley, are urged to get out and have fun by the water this summer at special events.

Girls enjoying lollies by the canal Girls enjoying lollies by the canal

The summer roadshow events will give visitors the chance to get to know their local canal, have a go at activities like canoeing and fishing, and meet the people and wildlife that call it home.

Our staff and volunteers will be revealing how being by water can make people feel happier and healthier, and encouraging locals to help care for their local waterway by volunteering for tasks such as painting lock gates, repairing towpaths and planting flowers. They will also be sharing some top tips on staying cool this summer without getting in the water.

Dates and locations of the summer roadshows are:

  • Saturday 21 July – Kendal Sports Centre
  • Sunday 22 July – Lune Aqueduct
  • Monday 23 July – Glasson Dock
  • Tuesday 24 July – Guy’s Thatched Hamlet, Bilsborrow
  • Friday 27 July – Burscough Wharf
  • Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July – Albert Dock, Liverpool
  • Monday 30 July – Trencherfield Mill, Wigan
  • Thursday 2 August – Botany Bay, Chorley
  • Friday 3 August – Mill Hill, Blackburn
  • Saturday 4 August – Sandygate, Burnley
  • Sunday 5 August – Cargo Café, Foulridge
  • Wednesday 8 August - Maltings Lane, Rochdale
  • Thursday 9 August – Portlands Basin Museum, Ashton-under-Lyne
  • Friday 10 and Saturday 11 August – Canal Street, Manchester

See our events calendar for full details

Tony Entwistle, development engagement manager at the Trust, said: "We know that life is better by water and we want more people across the north west to reap the benefits of getting out and about by their local canal or river, whether that’s through leisure activities or giving back to their community by volunteering with us.

"Taking a walk, jog or cycle along the towpath, sitting by the water to watch the world go by, getting out on a canoe, or taking part in volunteer sessions, can all help to relieve stress and provide that much-needed dose of fresh air in our busy lives. We look forward to welcoming everyone on the day and showing them just what their local canal has to offer."