Issue date: 20 November 2018
A Five-Day Working Holiday for just £70 per person
If you enjoy spending time outdoors and are looking to do something different this festive season, why not take a look at the Inland Waterways Association’s Waterway Recovery Group ‘Christmas Canal Camp’ in the picturesque Cotswolds?
Running from 26 December, 2018 to 1 January, 2019 and costing just £70 per person for the five-day working holiday, IWA is offering volunteers an opportunity to help restore the canal at Whitminster, near Brimscombe Port, just outside Stroud, Gloucestershire.
The cost includes three meals a day – a cooked breakfast, lunch on site and a substantial home cooked evening meal, plus an endless supply of tea and cake. Accommodation is in an old office building, which once housed Damian Hirst’s studio – and perhaps his formaldehyde tanks! There is electricity, hot showers and heating, but volunteers need to bring their own camp bed or sleeping mat. All transfers to and from the accommodation to the work site is included but volunteers will need to make their own way to Brimscombe Port. If travelling by public transport, volunteers can be collected from Stroud railway station.
The Canal Camps are ideal for anyone who is willing to get stuck in, enjoys a challenge and wants to do something worthwhile as 2018 draws to an end. It is hard work, but there is plenty of fun and a real sense of camaraderie among the volunteers. No experience is needed and all personal protection equipment is provided. All you need is a pair of steel toe cap boots, warm clothes and waterproofs.
The canal redevelopment at Brimscombe Port is part of a wider £35 million regeneration of the canal which will see new homes, businesses and leisure facilities. Once completed, there will be significant economic benefits to the region.
For more information, or to book a place on the Christmas Canal Camp, please visit: www.waterways.org.uk/wrg.
For further press information please contact:
Jo Henderson, IWA Media Officer – email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Tel: 07714 013827
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About The Inland Waterways Association
The Inland Waterways Association is the membership charity that works to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of canals and rivers. IWA is a national organisation with a network of volunteers and branches who deploy their expertise and knowledge to work constructively with navigation authorities, government and other organisations. The Association also provides practical and technical support to restoration projects through its expert Waterway Recovery Group.
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