Free Summer Fun for Children at Anderton


Back by popular demand, the Anderton Boat Lift, near Northwich, will once again be providing free family fun every Tuesday and Thursday during August.  Events include stories with Peppa Pig, Iggle Piggle, Olaf and Paw Patrol as well as a puppet and clown show, craft activities and lego sessions. What’s more, there is no charge to enter the Anderton Boat Lift site, visit the hands-on exhibition or stroll round the site’s terraced grassy slopes. The free events will be held at the Lift View marquee (times specified below).

Advanced booking is required on Eventbrite.

An additional bonus for any small visitors is the Lift’s play area which has been themed to reflect the appearance of the lift and its unique location. The new play area was installed last year at a cost of £50,000. Visitors may wish to coincide their visits with paid-for boat trips up the lift or along the picturesque River Weaver (for which booking is advised*). No charge is made on the boats for any child under 5 years old. Alternatively, visitors may wish to use the tree-top Coffee Shop, selling freshly-made food or the shop which is well-stocked with interesting and imaginative gifts for all ages.

Children’s Summer Events at Anderton Boat Lift, comprise:

Tuesday 7 August        11.30, 12.30, 2pm         Story with Iggle Piggle (‘In the Night Garden’)

Thursday 9 August        2pm – 4pm                   Chris Toppers Puppets

Tuesday 14 August      11.30, 12.30, 2pm         Story with Frozen’s Olaf

Thursday 16 August     2pm – 4pm                    Clown - Ian ‘Zippy’ Lees

Tuesday 21 August      11.30, 12.30, 2pm         Story with Paw Patrol’s Marshall and Chase

Thursday 23 August     2pm- 4pm                      Scrap Crafts from the Academy of Fun

Tuesday 28 August      11.30, 12.30, 2pm         Story with Peppa Pig

Thursday 30 August     2pm- 4pm                      Lego with the Academy of Fun

Graham Wood, Duty Manager, Anderton Boat Lift, said: “Children love coming to the Anderton Boat Lift and going down the grassy terraces to stand at the base of the giant lift and see a boat ‘floating’ through the air. They also love coming to see their favourite characters reading them a story in the Lift View Marquee.

“Entertaining children for the entire summer can be exhausting and expensive. At the Anderton Boat Lift, we do not charge to visit the site or for the storytelling – we just hope visitors have fun and enjoy our site and its spectacular location.”

The Anderton Boat Lift is one of the seven wonders of Britain’s waterways and is an engineering masterpiece, being the world’s first ever successful boat lift. The Lift sits in a spectacular location between the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal and is an interesting combination of working historic structure and fun, educational experience.

The Anderton Boat Lift is owned by the Canal and River Trust Charity and was restored in 2002 after a £7 million restoration made possible due to a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Anderton Boat Lift is a major visitor attraction, drawing more than 120,000 visitors to it each year.

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