To celebrate the forthcoming Crick Boat Show (27-29 May), now Britain’s biggest inland waterways festival, on 23 May we took 27 Kilsby Primary School pupils, aged seven to nine, on a canal boat trip along the Grand Union Canal at Braunston.
As well as enjoying a 30-minute canal boat trip, the children learnt about the history of their local canal and the wildlife that lives there through a series of activities led by our Explorers team, including a canalside walk, canal boat tour, plus water safety and ‘build a canal’ lessons.
Miss Townsend-Kennedy, teacher at Kilsby Primary School, says:
"Canals are wonderful places for children to visit and we are really pleased our Year 3 and 4 children have been given this wonderful opportunity to enjoy a canal adventure day and be taught about water safety.
"They have all been very excited about this extra treat and I’m sure they will learn lots about the history of our canals and the animals that now live there."
Elaine Stanley, our education co-ordinator, adds:
"Canals are fantastic places for families to enjoy spending time outdoors by the water - walking, boating, fishing and wildlife watching. People in Northamptonshire are lucky to have 58 miles of the Grand Union Canal passing through their county and we are keen to encourage the next generation to make the most out of their local waterways.
"At this weekend’s Crick Boat Show – where all children aged 16 and under can get into the show for free – people can enjoy a fun day out by the water and find out more about our wonderful canal network, with free boat trips, hundreds of exhibitors from across the canal world, live music, children’s activities in the Canal & River Trust marquee, dozens of boats to look round and a large variety of food and drink stalls.”
The 2017 Crick Boat Show & Waterways Festival will be held 27-29 May at Crick Marina, near Daventry in Northamptonshire, NN6 7SQ. The annual event, which showcases the inland waterways industry, is organised by Waterways World in partnership with the Canal & River Trust and Crick Marina, and is expected to attract over 25,000 visitors.
Crick Boat Show will be open from 10am till 6pm every day except Monday 29 May, when it closes at 5pm.
All Children aged 16 and under go free. Adult tickets are £15 and Senior Citizens and concessions are £13.50 on the day.