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Summer at the National Waterways Museum

Wednesday from 25 July to Wednesday 29 August 2018

Summer holiday family activities not to be missed at the museum this summer.

Summer Trails and popular family wildlife trail
Wildlife is an ever present feature of the canals, whether it’s the birds and butterflies we see today or the mice and rats that called the grain warehouses home. Follow the family trail around the museum and meet some of the animals you might see out on the canal.

23, 30 July, 6, 13, 20, 27 August: Crane Activity
The crane activity is a fun, hands-on 5 – 10 minute activity for families. Children can learn the effect of gears on our ability to lift and move things and make that connection with the large cranes exhibited around Gloucester Docks. No need to book.

24, 31 July, 7, 14, 21, 28 August: Storytelling Tales along the Riverside
Every Tuesday at 11.30am in the galleries. No need to book.

25 July, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 August Craft Activities
From 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
A range of canal themed craft activities  suitable for ages 5-11, but we're open to everyone.

26 July, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 August: Story Makers
Children will get the chance to craft a short story set on the docks getting inspiration from objects around the museum.
11.00am – 12.00pm ages 5-7,
1.00pm – 2.00pm ages 8-11, pre booking essential. Please telephone 01452 318200.

Boat Trips
Daily until 4 November at 12.00pm and 1.30pm.
Trip prices:

  • 2 Adults, 2 Children £18.00
  • Adult £6.50
  • Child (4-16) £4.50
  • 3 and under Free

Did you know that the tour boat, Queen Boadicea II, was one of the 'Little Ships’ of Dunkirk and in May 1940 helped evacuate troops from the beaches of Dunkirk.



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