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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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Twenty seven pupils from Kilsby Primary School near Rugby have helped the Crick Boat Show organisers to create a new central pond feature for the show’s waterway wildlife themed children’s entertainment area.
As well as helping to plant and decorate the pond, the children learnt about waterway wildlife with Christian Gwinn of the Northampton Fish & Pond Centre and Penny Foster, ecologist for the Canal & River Trust.
“We are looking forward to working with the children from Kilsby Primary School to help prepare our exciting new waterway wildlife area,” explains Penny. “Just like children visiting the Crick Boat Show at the weekend, Rowan class pupils will enjoy pond-dipping with Canal & River Trust ecologists and volunteers and making their own dragonfly to take home.
The Crick Boat Show & Waterways Festival will take place at Crick Marina near Rugby in Northamptonshire, 24-26 May 2014. 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, free children’s entertainment at the new waterway wildlife area, 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. As well as the pond dipping, the wildlife area will host James McKay’s ‘Animal Roadshow’ with live animals including frogs, toads, owls, mice, polecats and birds of prey. There will also be free funfair rides, a bouncy castle, demonstrations with the RSPB and other children’s activities.”
Children under five are given free entry to the show each day and all children aged under 17 are free on Monday 26 May. Family tickets (for two adults and up to three children under 17) are £35 on the day. Adult tickets are £13.50 on the gate and children’s tickets (aged 5-16) are £8.
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.
Canal & River Trust brand
19 March 2018
Bookings now open for 2018 Canal Pairs Championship
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
15 March 2018
Artists launch ambitious cultural programme in Worcester
12 March 2018
Fradley event gives fascinating insight into our feathered friends
We're calling for boaters to take part in our 'boat owners views survey'
9 March 2018
Take a 'lock' behind the ‘Seends’ of the Kennet & Avon Canal