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Family volunteer weekends

Our family volunteer weekends are ideal for any family looking to do something different, learn new skills and work together to help make a practical difference to our nation’s industrial heritage.

Ideal for any family looking to do something different

We can accommodate families with children aged between 6 to 14 years old and offer an inclusive, friendly and safe environment for families to experience canal restoration. All the tasks will be led by our experienced volunteer leadership teams.

£15pp for a weekend includes

All Meals

We will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Families will be sleeping in private facilities as family units during the weekend.


We will provide all the personal protection and safety equipment you need.

All day activities

There will be planned evening activities to keep the whole family entertained!

Explore Family Camps

Family volunteer weekend FAQs

We only ask volunteers to cover the cost of food; for a family camp this is just £15 per person.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are arranged for Saturday and on Sunday it is Breakfast and Lunch.


Families will be sleeping in private facilities as family units during the weekend. Depending on the location, that can be a dorm room or camping outside. If it is camping, families will be asked to provide their own tents.   

Essential kit: 

  • tough outdoor clothes, 
  • waterproofs (you never know with a British summer!) 
  • sleeping bag & pillow sleeping mat, airbed or camping bed 
  • washing kit, 
  • towel & swimwear and casual clothes for the evening 

Optional kit: 

  • driving licenses, 
  • camera, 
  • insect repellent, 
  • sun cream, 
  • torch, 
  • water bottle, 
  • rucksack.

You will be sent a full list of what to bring and we will supply any other safety equipment required, including hard hats. All tools will be provided.

No previous experience is necessary; just a willingness to have fun and get involved. Our experienced leaders will explain to you everything you need to know once you’re there.

Families arrive on the Friday evening (we ask all families to cater for themselves on Friday) here our families and leadership teams will introduce each other to other volunteers and play team building games. During the days we will undertake a variety of activities to learn about and help support Canal Restoration and we will have activities planned in the evening. Families are usually on their way home by 4pm on Sunday.


Our programme of working holidays is currently suspended