Forthcoming Canal Attractions – Canal News 4-12-2012

Canal News 4-12-2012


IWA morning walk near Atherstone

06 Dec 2012

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join the IWA Lichfield Branch for a morning walk near Atherstone.

A circular walk of about 5½ miles including Baddesley Common, countryside and the Coventry Canal towpath at Atherstone Locks. Rising to the common, then gradual descent to canal and return uphill. There are 3 stiles en route so this walk may not be suitable for larger dogs.

Meet at 10am for a 10.15am start at St Nicholas Church Hall car park. Turn off A5 at the Black Swan roundabout at Grendon (between Tamworth and Atherstone) and follow road up Boot Hill to the church hall. Free parking.

Optional lunch on return at Rose Inn, Baxterley (a short car journey).

Leader: Ed Rule.

Organised by the Inland Waterways Association, Lichfield Branch; non-members welcome. Further information from Margaret Beardsmore on 07581 794111 or email

Coventry Canal Basin, Coventry Canal


Christmas concert at the National Waterways Museum

Father Christmas at the National Waterways Museum Father Christmas at the National Waterways Museum

07 Dec 2012

19:30 pm – 22:00 pm

Join the Wirral Singers in our lovely waterside café for a traditional choral concert of Christmas favourites.

What better way to celebrate the start of the festive season than with a good old sing song in beautiful surroundings?

Book your ticket for the Chistmas Concert at the National Waterways Museum from mid-November.

Visit Santa in Dudley Caverns


Completed in 1792, the Dudley No 1 Canal provided one link between the Stourbridge Canal & the Birmingham Main Line. The tunnel is 2888 metres long, extremely low and narrow, and contains a network of natural caverns, basins and branch lines, serving the old quarries and mines. There are believed to be some 4500 metres of waterways which were at one time connected inside the tunnel, some of which are still accessible. Picture taken from SO 93267 89233.  Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved] © Copyright Martyn B and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

08 – 09 Dec 2012

10:00 am – 17:00 pm

Take a magical illuminated boat trip through Dudley Caverns and meet Santa in his underground grotto.

Carols, mince pies and hot drinks will help everyone get into the Christmas spirit and of course there will be a gift for every child.

Trips depart every half an hour from 10am to 5pm.

Early booking is recommended as places are limited. Contact Dudley Canal Trust for more information. Tel 01384 236 275.

Why take the kids to Lapland to see Santa this Christmas when they can visit him by boat in his underground grotto deep in the Dudley Caverns?

Just imagine your children’s faces as they visit Santa on a magical illuminated journey that truly brings the festive season to life with fun and excitement. It’s a dramatically different way to get into the festive spirit. There’ll be carols, hot drinks, mince pies, seasonal entertainment and, of course………gifts for all the kiddies.

These trips last an hour, and they will run at weekends throughout December.

These events are always very popular and places are limited, so early booking is strongly advised.

8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd & 23rd December 2012


Dudley Canal TunnelDudley Canal Tunnel

Run by the Dudley canal trust, there are/were many caverns created when mining limestone. The trust run daily boat tours.  Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved] © Copyright Ashley Dace and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

   Bedford Street Staircase, Caldon Canal, 8 December

Bedford Street Staircase Lock, Caldon CanalBedford Street Staircase Lock, Caldon Canal

We’re draining three locks on the Bedford Street Staircase on the Caldon Canal and inviting you to take a look around.

We’re draining three of the 17 locks on the Caldon Canal, so that we can carry out a full inspection of the lock chambers and replace the 26 year-old gates at lock 3.

Due to extensive coal mining over the years, the depth of Lock 1 and 2 has increased by a few feet due to mining subsidence, making it essential to keep an eye on the structure of the locks with regular inspections. Engineers will check the brickwork, timber work, lock gates and lock gate furniture such as paddles and gearing.

Once the lock has been drained the team will also be using their heritage skills to carry out other repairs to the brickwork in the lock chamber.

Visit us

On Saturday 8 December we’re inviting you to venture into the deep lock, walk along the lock bottom and ask our experts about their work. You’ll also get the chance to meet the Etruria Boat Group Volunteers, who are bringing along one of their heritage boats.

No pre-booking required.

Location: Bedford Street Staircase Locks 1 & 2, Caldon Canal, Off Lower Bedford Street, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 4BT

Time: 10am – 4pm, last entrance into the lock at 3:30pm

Parking: Etruria Vale Road at Etruria Locks, ST1 4RB. Follow the signs for the Etruria Industrial Museum (over the white bridge)



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