Christmas 2015 – 10 Fun Filled Festive Ideas – Cruises, Crafts and Carols!
Stuck for original ideas of what to do with the kids (or grandkids) over the festive period? Need to find that perfect gift away from the High Street? The waterways could hold the key. We have put together a selection of special Santa cruises and Christmas events happening across our waterways during November and December. There's mince pies and mulled wine for the adults and the chance for the kids to visit Santa. Have a browse through the events below that are sure to help you have a fun filled Christmas on the waterways this year!
Santa Cruises, Saul Junction | Frampton-on-Severn, Gloucestershire
5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th & 20th December
Enjoy a 20 minute boat trip onboard Perserverance at the Visitor Centre, Saul Junction. Adults can enjoy a mince pie and hot drink and there's a present for children.
First trip at 10am and last trip at 3.30pm. All tickets are £5. No need to book, just turn up and have fun!
More information at Cotswold Canal Trust's website. Operated by Cotswold Canals Trust volunteers and all proceeds to restoration funds.
Santa Cruises, Wey & Arun Canal | Loxwood, West Sussex
6th, 13th, 20th, 21th, 22nd & 23rd December
Meet Santa and his helpers as you cruise along the canal. Join in the festive songs!
Mulled wine & mince pies for adults, fairy cakes and juice for children are included in the ticket price. All under 12s receive a gift from Santa!
Boats sail at 11am, 12pm and 2pm with trips lasting 45 minutes.
All tickets are £9 and should be booked early to avoid disappointment on 01403 752403 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Wey & Arun Canal Trust's website for more details.
Festive Mince Pie & Mulled Wine Cruise, Lancaster Canal | Barton Grange
Why not try something different before or after your Christmas Shopping Trip?
What could be nicer than a spot of shopping at Barton Grange Garden Centre, followed by a relaxing cruise on a luxury central heated & festively decorated canal boat? Sit back, relax and take in the delightful countryside views then indulge as a warming glass of Mulled Wine accompanied by a delicious Mince Pie served direct to your table.
Tickets are £12 and booking is essential. Call 01524 389410 or book online at Lancaster Canal Boats.
Carols in the Cavern, Dudley Canal | Dudley, West Midlands
13th & 20th December
Experience a festive treat like no other, as you drift into the underground tunnels of Dudley to the sound of traditional Christmas carols! Join our live on-board choir on the 13th or 20th for a unique tour of the caverns and limestone mines guaranteed to get you into the seasonal spirit. From Cathedral Arch to Singing Cavern, hear the tunnels come alive to festive favourites including Ding Dong, Merrily on High, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Coventry Carol and Silent Night.
Tickets are £10.80. The boat departs at 6.00pm; refreshments will be on sale on the canal side before embarking for your musical adventure.
Contact 0121 557 6265 or visit the Dudley Canal Trust website for more details and to book.
Santa's On His Way, Linlithgow Canal | Linlithgow
12th & 13th and 19th & 20th December
Santa will be in residence at the Canal Basin on Saturday and Sunday 12th & 13th and Saturday and Sunday 19th & 20th December from 2pm until 4pm.
Each child will receive an age appropriate gift for £5 followed by a free boat trip for all the family.
The tearoom will be serving non-alcoholic hot punch and mince pies. Come along and enjoy our log fire.
Contact 01506 671215 or visit the Linlithgow Union Canal Society website.
Santa Specials, Chichester Ship Canal | Chichester, West Sussex
30th November, 1st-4th, 8th-10th, 15th December
Magical Christmas Trips designed for adults. Get into the spirit and enjoy a magical Christmas trip down the canal. These trips are designed mainly for adults and include a ploughman's lunch, mince pie, wine and tea or coffee .... plus a Christmas Surprise.
Tickets are £18.50 and can be booked online.
Floating Christmas Market, Birmingham | Canalside, Barclay Arena
11th to 13th December
An extra opportunity to buy last minute unusual presents at this new event at Canalside, Barclaycard Arena. Over these three days several floating traders will be present selling a variety of gift items!
Not only is this a great day for the family, but a wonderful opportunity to pick up something completely different for your friends and family.
Find out more about the Birmingham Christmas Floating Market.
Santa Boat Trips, Stourbridge Canal | Stourbridge
12th, 13th, 19th, 20th & 21st December
Enjoy a ride along the historic Stourbridge Canal aboard the Blackcountry Man and then disembark to see Santa in his Grotto in the Bonded Warehouse. All the buildings and the Canal Basin are illuminated turning the whole area into a Winter Wonderland.
Bookings need to be made in advance by ringing 01384 395216 or more information can be found at the The Bonded Warehouse.
Illuminated Boats, Carols and Christmas Market, Grand Union Canal | Stoke Bruerne
12th & 13th December
Come along and enjoy some festive activities at Stoke Bruerne, where there will be illuminated boats, carols and a Christmas Market. Over the weekend you are invited to listen to local school children sing 'Carols on the Canal', there will also be illuminated boat parade on Saturday and a surprise visit from Father Christmas.
Don't forget to try the roast chestnuts and hot soup available along the canal, as well as visiting the gift shops, blacksmith & stained glass for all your last minute Christmas shopping.
For more information visit Friends of Canal Museum.
Christmas Cruises, Cromford Canal | Cromford, Derbyshire
5th & 6th, 12th & 13th, 19th & 20th and 23rd December
Join Friends of the Cromford Canal this Christmas onboard historic narrow boat Birdswood. Santa will be there with a present for every child and festive refreshments for everyone.
Tickets are £9 unless you're under 5, then they're £6. Trips depart at 12pm and 2pm and have to be booked in advance by calling 07552 055 455.
Further details are available at Friends of Cromford Canal's website.
Bah Humbug Cruise, Chesterfield Canal | Hollingwood Lock, Chesterfield
Finally, for those of you who are fed up with Christmas and just want to get away from it all, why not come on one of Chesterfield Canal Trust's Bah Humbug cruises? Guaranteed no mention of C********.
(For those still in the festive mood they are also offering a full range of Santa Special Cruises!).
For bookings, ring 01629 533020 or visit the website.
Photo top - Mike Gallagher, Cotswolds Canal TrustBack