Issue date: 5th August 2013
IWA’s National Festival at Cassiobury Park in Watford was blessed with warm weather, a lovely site and great moorings for the boats. Families turned out to enjoy the event and over 400 children signed up for a WOW children’s activity Passport.
With brass rubbing, crafts, “Right Tool for the Right Job” and our new “Build a Bridge” activity to name but a few, children and parents took part with great enthusiasm. There was a huge mix of nationalities and ages – one child could speak Russian, Italian and Egyptian as well as English due to her parentage – and some necessitating sign language and demonstrations to show how the activity worked – so the volunteers were busy all weekend.
Supporting activities were provided by the Medics on site, the National Trust, RSPB, the International Guild of Knot Tyers and London Canal Museum whilst Waterway Recovery Group did their very popular brick laying as well as offering digger training to all ages.
The WOW team received many kind words from parents and children who really appreciated the activities on offer. One parent was even moved to write thanks and compliments into the book at our Information Desk on her way out which was much appreciated.
The aim of the WOW activities is to help children learn more about their waterways and the history behind them in a fun way. The families of Watford certainly helped us to achieve that aim.
To find out more about WOW activities or if canal societies or other waterway group would like to borrow one of IWA’s WOW kits for their event, please get in touch with Gillian Bolt at firstname.lastname@example.org and take a look at the web page.