Canal Days in Chippenham

Note for your half term diary - Canal Days event, Feb 18th & 20th, Chippenham. Drop in, see what's going on, and become a Canal Champion!

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Sports challenge raises £3600 for Wilts & Berks Canal

Representatives of all the partners sitting on NB Dragonfly at Waitrose landing stage

Fit fundraisers took part in a sports challenge to raise £3600 for the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust.

The first Wichelstowe Games were held on Saturday August 24th on the southern edge of Swindon, where a short stretch of the waterway has already been restored.

Conceived by Karl Drew, the General Manager of the new Hall & Woodhouse pub adjacent to the canal, the games involved teams competing across four events: cycling, climbing, canoeing and a tug of war.  Prizes included a Wichelstowe Games trophy and meals / vouchers courtesy of Hall & Woodhouse, Waitrose & Partners, Swindon & District Canoe Club and Wilts & Berks Canal Trust.

The money raised will support the construction of a new slipway providing safe access into the water, near Beavans Bridge.

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Getting under the M4

Old canal route unrestored, view from the haul road

The Trust has set as one of its top priority targets to complete the canal from Swindon to Royal Wootton Bassett, where there are already significant lengths in water and more planned and consented. The big barrier, of course, has always been the M4 motorway, which cuts the original line of the canal near Junction 16. A new crossing point has been identified, where the road is high enough to get the canal underneath.

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Shop & raise free donations for WILTS & BERKS CANAL TRUST

As a supporter of WILTS & BERKS CANAL TRUST you can raise free donations simply by shopping online using Give as you Live. Shop at over 4,100 leading online stores including Amazon, eBay, Tesco, John Lewis, Sainsbury's, M&S, Just Eat and, to name but a few! 

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Melksham Food and River Festival 31st August & 1st September 2019

A river with canoes on the water and a boat on the slipway

Enjoy a fun-filled family day out at the Melksham Food and River Festival in King George V Park. There's lots to do for the whole family, boat trips, canoeing on the River Avon, a children's funfair, face painting, rides on Frankie the canal horse, cookery demonstrations, live music and many artisan food and produce stalls to browse plus plenty of hot food & drink stalls and an onsite bar for whenever you need some refreshment.

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Christmas Lights at Wichelstowe

Wichelstowe was packed with hundreds of festive canal lovers on the chilly night of December 4th. Santa arrived on Dragonfly accompanied by additional reindeer boats!

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Our boat trips will be looking for Santa!

Our popular Santa trips are now fully booked.  Our boat crews will enjoy taking families to find Santa!

These run from Waitrose, every Saturday & Sunday from Nov 30th till Dec 22nd and on Monday Dec 23rd (but not Christmas Eve). 

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The first annual Wichelstowe Games 24th August 2019

A view of the canal with Beavans Bridge

Hosted by Hall and Woodhouse at Wichelstowe, the first annual Wichelstowe Games are due to take place on Saturday 24th August 2019 between 10.30am and 5pm. 

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