Family Canal Camps 2020

Family Volunteering

Why run Family Camps?

We understand families would like to get involved with canal restoration and we aim to provide an opportunity to introduce children to the work of Waterway Recovery Group and The Inland Waterways Association. By offering family volunteering we hope to engage children from a young age and enable them to find out about canal restoration and heritage, work outdoors and learn new skills.

The aim of these weekends are to introduce a new generation to the world of waterway restoration and maintenance.

Sites for 2020

Royal Gunpowder Mills: 7th - 9th August 2020

Location: Lee Valley, Waltham Abbey    

Accomodation: Royal Gunpowder Mills

Price: £15

The Royal Gunpowder Mills, consists of ancient monuments, listed buildings and the natural features. Throughout the site a number of derelict canals can be found, which used to transport munitions through to the River Lee and onto the Thames for Britain's wartime efforts. Families will delve into the sites history and help maintain and create the nature walk alongside these old canals.

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Wendover Arm Canal: 23rd - 25th October 2020

Location: Tring, Buckinghamshire    

Accomodation: Green Park - Family Dorms

Price: £15

The Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal provides a scenic and tranquil route from Bulbourne to Wendover - built as a feeder to provide much needed water to the Tring summit on the Grand Union. Families will work together to create and enhance the  amenity area for the local community and wildlife that call this canal home. Expect to be involved in woodwork, planting and installing new site furniture.

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Information for families

Families must be ready to follow the directions of the leader at all times when on site. Children must follow instructions and be supervised by a responsible adult. It is the responsibilty of the child's guardian to ensure they are following instructions and wearing saftey gear. We ask that for every two children there is one responsible adult with them. Canal Camps, as with any professional site, have to comply with current safety regulations. We will provide any safety equipment required to complete the job in a safe manner. 

A variety of basic breakfast and lunchbox items will be provided but please feel free to bring along your own favourite foods. We will be able to provide dinner on the Saturday evening but we ask families to make thier own arrangements for the Friday.

Open to families with children aged between 6 and 14.

To book spaces on one of these weekends please call 01494 783453 ext 607 or email

Further Information

To find out more please contact Alex Melson by clicking here.

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