Last weekend our village school held a fund raising quiz-hunt around the village culminating in refreshments and Easter eggs at the school. Needless to say the persistent snow encouraged many families to abandon hunting for clues, in favour of the warm drinks and home baked cakes on offer back at school.
Without knowing what weather Easter will bring I might just take the kids on an Easter cruise this weekend instead. By supporting your local community boating project in this way you know that you’ll be protected from the weather, but the children will still feel as if they’ve been out there, on an adventure!
Reach Out Plus offer waterways experiences for all on fully accessible boats, in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside. Easter boat trips are departing from Nash Mills near Hemel Hempstead on the Grand Union Canal. They will be running cruises on a centrally heated widebeam canal boat from Sunday 7th April to Sunday 14th April. For enquiries or book a trip please telephone the office on 0845 216 0081.
The Wey & Arun Canal Trust are offering a 40 minute cruise on a specially decorated Easter-themed boat, through the Sussex countryside. The Easter Bunny is expected to appear with chocolate gifts for the children and refreshments for the adults. These special cruises will from Good Friday through to the Easter Bank Holiday Monday from the wharf at Loxwood, West Sussex. There are more details on their website.
The Pirate Castle in Camden will be running their popular Family Day canal boat trips. These subsidised trips are for local families to enjoy an afternoon boat ride along the Regent’s Canal from Camden to Little Venice, (only £2.00 per person!) The family trips are intended for parents/carers with children or children with parents/carers. The dates of the Spring Boat Trips are- Sun 17th Feb / Sun 24th Feb / Sun 31st Mar / Sun 7th Apr / Sun 14th Apr / Sun 26th May.
During Camden school’s Easter holidays The Pirate Castle also runs programmes of activities for children aged 8-13 years-old (up to 17 years-old for the water-based activities only). Find out more about activities at The Pirate Castle.
This is just a snap shot of what’s going on around the country. Find your nearest community boating project and see what they have to offer your family this Easter.