30-1 Easter Boat Gathering, National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port on the Shropshire Union Canal. The 2018 Easter Boat Gathering promises a richly varied and exciting line up of music, family and boat activity. The lively long weekend will include a fine folk programme combined with inspirational workshops and museum activities for all ages. On Friday evening, David Lowe, well known to us as Chairman of the Commercial Boat Operators Association (CBOA) will be speaking on Modern Freight Carrying by Water. During the weekend there will be opportunities for visitors to have behind the scenes explorations of the boat store in Rossfield Road where the vessels raised from the top basin are being stored and worked on. There will also be the usual tours of the Lime Shed and the wider site.
1-2 Pocklington Canal Easter Egg Trail. Visit the Melbourne Arm and complete all the Easter activities to win a prize! Build a nest to support your own egg, find the clues to solve the wildlife trail and take a boat trip aboard the New Horizons (donations for boat trip). No booking required for this is a family friendly event.
Join us at Little Skippers for a 45 minute boat trip followed by things to make and do. Get crafty to create a flower for our Spring garden, make yourself some bunny ears then put on your explorer’s pith helmet and binoculars to tackle our Easter Egg themed wildlife hunt!
Tickets are just £5 each and include the boat trip as well as activities for children and a hot drink from The Gongoozler for adults. The boat departs at 10am – visitors are encouraged to arrive by 9.50am to check-in before their trip.
4-5 and 10-12 Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust. Visit Join Little Skippers for a 45 minute boat trip followed by things to make and do. Get crafty to create a flower for our Spring garden, make yourself some bunny ears then put on your explorer’s pith helmet and binoculars to tackle our Easter Egg themed wildlife hunt. Tickets are just £5.00 each and include the boat trip as well as activities for children and a hot drink from The Gongoozler for adults. The boat departs at 10am – visitors are encouraged to arrive by 9.50am to check-in before their trip.
6 An event at the Dudley Tunnel branch especially aimed at the under 7s (though everyone is welcome of course!), Tunnel Teds has absolutely loads on offer during the day, including getting hands-on with bear themed and seasonal craft activities, special 20-minute under-7s boat trips at designated times during the day, bear stories aboard our covered and moored narrow boat, a bear hunt around the site to find clues and earn a reward and getting a paw-print painted on your cheek. Buy a Tunnel Teds ticket for access to all of the above, all day! Just £6.50 per child – two adults are free with each paying child on the boat trip. The fun starts at 11am and finishes at 3pm. Your ticket time will be for your special Tunnel Teds boat trip with stories and songs, so please go to the ticket desk downstairs in the Portal building no later than 10 minutes before your boat departure time. You’re encouraged to enjoy our other activities before and after your trip.
15 Drifters Waterway Holidays and the Canal & River Trust are offering people the chance to try canal boating for free at 20 locations across England and Wales. The taster sessions will include free short trips on skippered narrowboats, as well as boat tours and holiday discounts. People of all ages are encouraged to take part and no advanced booking is required. Further details can be found at www.drifters. co.uk/openday For more information about visiting the canal network, go to www.canalrivertrust.org.uk
21 Head along to the Stourbridge Model Railway Exhibition at the Bonded Warehouse. Events on the day include, trade stands, modelling demonstrations, model railway layouts and light refreshements.
20 The History of the Hull & Barnsley Railway. Presented by Brian Crowther at East Yorkshire Branch Social Meeting at the Methodist Church Hall Cottingham at 8pm
21-22 RCR boat & engine maintenance course. To find out more visit http://www. rivercanalrescue.co.uk/ rcr-courses/ email enquiries@rivercanalrescue. co.uk or call 01785 785680.
Sunday 1 & 17 IWA Northampton Branch – Fortnightly work party on the Northampton Arm to help maintain the waterway following the Branch’s adoption of the navigation. 10am-2pm. Work usually includes a variety of tasks such as painting, vegetation clearance and litter picking. Location is dependent on work completed at the previous work party so is still to be confirmed. All volunteers are welcome and should wear sturdy shoes, old clothes, be prepared for the weather and bring a packed lunch. For more information contact Geoff Wood: geoff.wood@ waterways.org.uk.
7 & 24 IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch supporting Burslem Port Trust – Twice monthly work party on the Burslem Arm, Stoke on Trent. 10am to 3pm. Meet at Luke St, Middleport, Stoke on Trent, ST6 3LY. Please wear old clothes, stout shoes and bring waterproofs and a packed lunch if staying all day. For more information contact Steve Wood: steve.wood@ waterways.org.uk or 07976 805858.
8 IWA Lincolnshire Branch supporting Sleaford Navigation Trust – Regular work parties on the second Sunday of the month. Volunteers carry out a variety of tasks to maintain the navigable section of the Sleaford Navigation at these work parties. Dates are subject to change so contact Chris or Steve Hayes to confirm date and location: workparties@ sleafordnavigation.co.uk or 01522 689460.
11 & 25 IWA Peterborough Branch – Work parties clearing vegetation on Horseways Channel and carrying out maintenance of Horseways Lock. 10am to 3pm. Personal Protective clothing and tools are provided but it is advisable to wear sturdy footwear and warm clothing. Hot drinks are provided in the branch gazebo. As there are no facilities nearby you are advised to bring a packed lunch. Access is via, and by permission of, Allpress Farms, Byall Fen Drove (B1093), PE16 6XQ. For further information please contact David Venn: david. email@example.com or 01366 324 102.
12 IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch and Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust – Monthly work party on the Uttoxeter Canal. 10am to 3pm. Bridge 70, Crumpwood. No parking available at site so please meet at 9.30am at Denstone Village Hall, College Rd, Denstone, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire ST14 5HR for a lift, or meet on site at Bridge 70 at 10am having made your own way on foot. Please wear old clothes, stout shoes and bring waterproofs and a packed lunch if staying all day. For more information contact Steve Wood: steve.wood@ waterways.org.uk or 07976 805858.
17 & 24 IWA Oxfordshire Branch supporting Banbury Canal Partnership – Regular work parties on the Oxford Canal near Banbury. 9am to 1pm. Tasks to be confirmed. All tools will be provided, please wear old clothes and stout shoes and take waterproofs in case of rain. For more details please contact Colin GarnhamEdge: bcpontheoxford@ gmail.com.
19 IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch and Trent & Mersey Canal Society – Monthly work party on the Cheshire Locks, Trent & Mersey Canal. 10am to 3pm. Meet at Church Locks 47 & 48 adjacent to All Saints, Church Lawton, ST7 3DD. Please wear stout shoes and old clothing that you don’t mind getting some dirt or paint on and bring a waterproof in case of rain. If you are staying all day you may also want to bring a packed lunch. Work TBA. This work party is held in partnership with the Trent & Mersey Canal Society. For more information contact John Brighouse: john. firstname.lastname@example.org or 07808 878317.
21 IWA Manchester Branch – Monthly work party at a venue to be confirmed in Greater Manchester. 10am to 4pm. Tasks will include vegetation clearance, litter picking, painting and pulling rubbish out of the canal. For more information contact: secretary@manchester-iwa. co.uk or 07710 554602.
21 IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch – Monthly work party in the Chester area working at various locations alongside the Shropshire Union Canal. 10am to 4pm. Work will include painting and vegetation clearance. Please wear stout shoes and old clothes and bring waterproofs and a packed lunch if staying all day. For further details contact Jason Watts: jason.watts@ canalrivertrust.org.uk.
14 Apr Sat Regent’s C-King’s Cross-Granary Square-Camden-King’s Cross (taxi rank) starting at 10.45am. Contact: Roger Wilkinson: 020 3612 9624
15 Regent’s C-Little Venice – Camden-Warwick Avenue, starting at 2:30pm. Contact: Roger Wilkinson: 020 3612 9624
19 IWA Chester & Merseyside branch. Trent & Mersey Canal & River Weaver. If you will be using a map first find Cheshire then Northwich, then Acton Bridge which is about four miles to the north west. Find where Warrington Road (A49), crosses the River Weaver and The Leigh Arms is located here. Grid ref: SJ 602 761. The 3½ mile walk starts at 10.00 am from their car park. If you are using a SatNav, enter the post code CW8 4QT or the coordinates: 53.28053, 002.60007. Toilet facilities should be available.
29 Apr Sun Regents C-Kings Cross– Hitchcock’s Hackney-Kings Cross(taxi rank), starting at 2:30pm. 15 Regent’s C-Little Venice – Camden-Warwick Avenue, starting at 2:30pm. Contact: Roger Wilkinson: 020 3612 9624