Wa­ter way to cel­e­brate canals

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

WITH less than three weeks to go or­gan­is­ers of the Hayes Canal Fes­ti­val are promis­ing vis­i­tors a splash­ing good time for all the fam­ily – on and off the wa­ter.

Vis­i­tors will have plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to take to the wa­ter and ex­plore the Grand Union Canal and all it of­fers on Sun­day Septem­ber 25. Ca­noes and stand-up pad­dle­boards will cater for those with a sense of ad­ven­ture, while free trips boats will al­low oth­ers to sit back and re­lax as they cruise slowly along the wa­ter­way.

There will also be a chance to dis­cover what lies be­neath the wa­ter with fish­ing taster ses­sions led by li­censed coaches. Shore-based there will be lots to keep you en­ter­tained in­clud­ing face-paint­ing, bal­loon mod­el­ling, swing-boats, henna paint­ing, pa­per­craft, cir­cus skills, canal side-walks and much more.

There will also be stalls, food and drinks, mu­sic from ‘Pimp My Jazz’ and ‘Bus Pass to Broad­way’, as well as In­dian danc­ing and Dhol drum­ming.

Jean­nette Brookes, Canal & River Trust de­vel­op­ment and en­gage­ment man­ager, said: “I am re­ally ex­cited about the fes­ti­val. Not only does it of­fer a great in­tro­duc­tion to the wa­ter­ways but it also pro­vides a fun and en­joy­able day out for all the fam­ily.”

The free event now in its third year runs from 11am to 4pm at High Point Vil­lage, Sta­tion Road, Hayes. It is sup­ported by Hilling­don Com­mu­nity Trust, South­ern Grove and Hurling­ton Prop­erty, and Botwell & Town­field Ward coun­cil­lors.

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