September 15, 2016
By Beacon_PR

Britain’s Canals: Fun and Educational for October Half Term

Waterways Holidays is highlighting the enjoyable balance of fun and learning in an October half term holiday on Britain’s canals.

“A week on the canals provides plenty of interest for ‘what I did on my holiday’ reports,” says managing director Nigel Richards.  “And kids can’t help but learn while they’re having fun, with the canals delivering lessons in social history, physics and engineering each day.”

The 3000 mile canal network showcases innovative engineering solutions created by the greatest engineering minds of the 18th and 19th centuries such as Thomas Telford and James Brindley. Feats include the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in north Wales, the Anderton Boat Lift in Cheshire and the Blisworth Tunnel in Northamptonshire, while modern marvels include the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland.

And from about the age of seven, says Waterways Holidays, children can be hands-on helping to operate locks to go ‘uphill’ and ‘downhill’ or opening swing and lift bridges, making the laws of physics real.

Canal-side museums include those at Stoke Bruerne on the Grand Union Canal, the Boat Museum at Ellesmere Port, the Black Country Living Museum in the West Midlands and the MAD Museum in Stratford-upon-Avon.

“From the Industrial Revolution to Roses and Castles art, not to mention tow-path nature studies, a canal holiday makes learning fun,” says Nigel.

“And if, from the outside at least, narrowboats appear to have changed little since the 19th century, inside our modern hire boats you’ll find ‘all mod cons’ from flush wcs and central heating to WiFi and iPod docks.”

A week’s holiday at October half term for a family of four costs from £716 on Bluebell, a 40-feet narrowboat based at Linslade on the Grand Union Canal, including all fuel, damage waiver and a full self-catering inventory.

 

Waterways Holidays, 01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

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