Cheshire's Anderton Boat Lift Easter EggstravaganzaCheshire Category Outdoor Activities, For the Family
SATURDAY 31 MARCH – MONDAY 2 APRIL
Located near Northwich, Cheshire, the exciting, free Easter Egg Hunt for children will take place around the large grassy terraced lawns of the Lift. In addition, children will have the chance of enjoying a free craft activity, undertaking some imaginative colouring and making use of the Lift’s new play area. Entry to the Anderton Boat Lift is free to all, as is the chance to see the interesting and interactive exhibition area. The only cost is to go on the boat and lift trips that will be running during the day. The Easter Egg Hunts and other activities will take place from 9.30am – 3.30pm.
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. It is often referred to as the ‘Cathedral of the Canals’. 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.
By collecting easy clues, young Easter Egg Hunters will be guided on an interesting tour around the grounds and can claim their free chocolate egg prize at the end. Anyone with excess energy can use the Lift’s new £50,000 play area, located at the base of the Lift and which it has been designed to resemble. Alternatively, children can do a free craft activity with the help of volunteers. All visitors have free access to the coffee shop that overlooks the site and which is well-known for its fresh and varied menu, as well as a well-stocked shop with imaginative gifts, suitable for all ages.
Throughout Easter there will be 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, visitors 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. There is no cost for children aged under five years old and there is a reduced price ticket for under 16 year olds. For the boat trip booking is advisable on 01606 786 777.
Tim Turner, Anderton Boat Lift’s General Manager, said: “The Anderton Boat Lift is a wonderfully evocative piece of architecture and provides a really interesting backdrop to the Easter Egg Hunt. Every year, visitors of all ages, report how much they have enjoyed the experience, especially families who are visiting their relatives over Easter.”
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.