Canal Town

National Waterways Museum, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 4FW

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Every Sunday from 29 May - 18 September 2022

Experience what it was like to live and work in the docks with sights and sounds of the late 19th century when Ellesmere Port was a canal town.

Stroll across our stunning seven-acre site through a landscape of Victorian buildings, docks, locks, stables and cottages ... and meet some interesting characters on the way.

Watch the museum burst into life every Sunday with pop-up themed events, live music and traditional games that will keep the whole family entertained!

June 2022

Sunday 12 June - 1920s - Peaky Blinders

Find out more about the filming of Peaky Blinders at the museum.

Baker Street Belles (Vocal Harmony Trio).

Make a Balloon Powered Canal Boat (please book at Reception).

Launch of Peaky Pooches Photographic Competition - take a photo of your dog on the bridge that was used in Peaky Blinders and send it to us and win an A4 portrait of your pet by Cheshire Artist Michelle Dickson.  Two runners-up will each receive a doggy hamper.  Closing date is Sunday 28 August 2022 and winners will be announced on 1 September 2022. 

Sunday 19 June - 1930s Teddy Bear's Picnic

Today's the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic. Bring yours to join in the fun.

Best dressed bear competition.

LEGO Narrowboat and play at 11am, 1pm and 2pm - please book at reception (limited places).

Build a Boat with Dad on Father's Day.

Sunday 26 June - World War II

A local Re-enactor's Group will give us a flavour of what life was like during WWII.  

Make your own Victorian Collector's Box.

And much more to see around the site...

Power Hall

See the glory of steam in action as our volunteers fire up some of the magnificent engines once used to move or drive things or join one of our special guided tours of the Power Hall. Spaces are currently limited. Please ask at the information point for details.

Porters Row

Step back in time to the 1830s, 1900s, 1930s and 1950s and check out the decor of its time. Meet some interesting characters and get to play with the old fashioned street games.

Family Friendly Guided Tours

Short introduction tours are available throughout the day. Please ask at the information point for more details or you can try out our new audio trail...

QR Audio Trail

As you explore the museum you can scan the QR codes at various locations to find out more. The QR codes can be read on your phone using one of the many free QR reader apps available. iPhones will read the codes automatically from the camera app. The locations can be accessed in any order or you can follow the directions between points if you want to use them as a guided tour of the museum.

Lock Demonstrations

Join us on at one of our demonstrations to see a boat travel through the lock and find out how it works from our wonderful costumed volunteers.

Canal Town Themes:

29 May - Village fete

5 June - The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Street Party

12 June - 1920s - Peaky Blinders

19 June - 1930s - Teddy Bear's Picnic

26 June - World War II

3 July - Liverpool - A Window on the World

10 July - Canal Life (paddleboarding, canoes and modern day water sports)

17 July - Canal Life

24 July - Steampunk Sunday (with Cogwarts)

31 July - World War I

7 August - 1950s theme

14 August - 1920s - Afternoon Tea

21 August - 1930s- Poetry and Photographs

28 August - Village Fete and Peaky Pooches Dog Show

4 September - International Canals

11 September - Astounding Inventions

18 September - Astounding Inventions

Canal Town is supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery.

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