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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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Organisers of this year’s Crick Boat Show & Waterways Festival (24-26 May 2014) are planning to build a waterway wildlife pond as the central feature for an exciting new children’s entertainment area at the event.
The ‘Waterways Wildlife’ area will offer families the chance to find out more about the canal environment, with special activities hosted by Canal & River Trust staff and volunteers.
Canal & River Trust ecologist Penny Foster explains: “Children visiting the show will be able to enjoy pond-dipping with Canal & River Trust ecologists and volunteers. Tying-in with the focus for this year’s Great Nature Watch, they can also learn about how important dragonflies and damselflies are for canal ecology and make their own dragonfly to take home."
The Show’s new ‘Waterways Wildlife’ area will also host James McKay’s Animal Road Show with live animals including frogs, toads, owls, mice, polecats and birds of prey. And there will be free fun-fair rides, a bouncy castle, demonstrations, face painting, a wildlife trail, bird making with the RSPB and other special activities for children.
The Crick Boat Show & Waterways Festival will take place at Crick Marina near Rugby in Northamptonshire. The annual event, which showcases the inland waterways industry with over 250 exhibitors from across the canal world, is organised by Waterways World in partnership with the Canal & River Trust and Crick Marina, the Show is expected to attract 25,000 visitors.
Crick Boat Show offers a fantastic day out for all the family with dozens of new boats to look round, free boat trips, live music, a real ale marquee, children’s activities and a large variety of food and drink stalls.
Peter Johns, publisher of Waterways World and show director, says: “Crick Boat Show combines the best in the canal boat world with a great family day out alongside the Grand Union Canal Leicester Line. We are looking forward to welcoming people to our 2014 event with plenty of entertainment planned for all the family, including our exciting new waterway-wildlife themed children’s entertainment area.”
The Crick Boat Show 2014 will be open from 10am till 6pm every day except Monday 26 May, when it closes at 5pm. Evening entertainment runs from 6pm to 11pm. For more information visit www.crickboatshow.com, or call 01283 742950.
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