Women can be difficult to buy for at Christmas, especially if they are the sort of woman who has almost everything. The trick is to find a present that is different, unusual and stylish. The Anderton Boat Lift, near Northwich in Cheshire, known as the ‘Cathedral of the Canals’ because of its huge, imposing structure, may have the answer – a voucher for afternoon tea. From Mother’s Day 2018 until early autumn, the Lift, part of the Canal & River Trust charity, will hold exclusive afternoon teas at its river-side marquee. Teas cost £14.99 for one and just £24.99 for two people. To book call 01606 786 777.
Located on the terraced site overlooking the River Weaver, the heated Lift View marquee is, as the name suggest, next to the Lift – the world’s first successful boat lift and an acknowledged masterpiece of Victorian engineering. The up-market afternoon teas will comprise of a range of freshly-made sandwiches, delicious cakes and a selection of teas. From its crisp tablecloths to its beautifully-presented food, the Lift’s professional in-house catering staff aim to create a special oasis of calm and tranquillity for its guests.
The special Anderton Boat Lift teas will take place on:
Sunday 11 March (Mother’s Day)
Sunday 20 May
Sunday 15 July
Sunday 23 September
Graham Wood, Anderton Boat Lift’s Duty Manager, said: “Almost everyone enjoys being pampered somewhere a bit special and different. Christmas is over so quickly and the advantage of this present is that it is gives the recipient something stylish and special to look forward to during the dark winter months. This is infinitely better than an expensive, hastily-chosen gift bought in desperation.”
There is no cost to enter the Anderton Boat Lift site and it is also free to visit the hands-on exhibition. There is also a well-stocked shop.
For those visiting the Lift during its opening season (March-October), the Anderton Boat Lift offers regular boat trips for which there is a charge**. Visitors can experience how it feels to be magically transported through the Lift by this piece of high Victorian engineering. Alternatively, guests can opt for a special boat trip and learn about the unique industrial heritage of Northwich, a town that has made its living on salt for more than 2000 years.