Make a Grand grotto en­trance

Chil­dren can visit Santa via nar­row­boat

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - Byy Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­

CHIL­DREN were ex­cited to find a dif­fer­ent way to visit Santa this year – by nar­row­boat along the Grand Union Canal.

Young­sters made the most of Santa Canal Trips, or­gan­ised and run by Hilling­don Nar­row­boats As­so­ci­a­tion (HNA).

The HNA run the trips ev­ery Satur­day and Sun­day in the run-up to Christ­mas.

Start­ing at 11am, boats leave ev­ery half hour from the Coy Carp, in Cop­per­mill Lane, Hare­field, travel down the canal to the HNA boathouse in Sum­mer­house Lane, Hare­field, where young­sters can hop off and meet Santa in his grotto.

Vis­i­tors then board the boat once more and travel back to the pub. The round-trip lasts one hour and 15 min­utes, with the last boat leav­ing at 5pm.

Fam­i­lies who join in the ride are given a hot or cold drink and a mince pie to get them in the fes­tive mood.

And the lucky chil­dren who get to meet Fa­ther Christ­mas can also take home a present and a framed photo with the big guy.

Visit the web­site at to book your spot.

n ALL ABOARD: Chil­dren take part in the Santa Canal Trips

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