The UK boasts beautiful waterways which can be explored at any time of the year. Why not book a festive getaway, or take the younger members of the family on a fun day trip to visit Father Christmas? 

Canal boat breaks:

Booking a canal boat getaway is ideal for couples seeking a romantic break or for big family gatherings and there are numerous destinations to pick from. Find out more by visiting

Christmas at the Anderton Boat Lift, Cheshire

Built 141 years ago to lift cargo boats 50 feet from the River Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal, and known as one of the 'Wonders of the Waterways'. There is no doubt that Anderton Boat Lift is an intriguing example of Victorian engineering.

In December, the Canal & River Trust is organising special river cruises from the boat lift along the River Weaver Navigation, with guest appearances from Father Christmas and cheerful wife! 

Visits last around 50 minutes, with stories and activities hosted by Father Christmas himself. Each child will receive a small present to celebrate Christmas.


Tickets cost £7.75 Child and £5.75 for adults. Please note: booking essential.

Telephone 01606 789 777. Cruises take place between 10am and 3pm throughout December.

Father Christmas cruises at the National Waterways Museum

Join Father Christmas on a cruise departing from the National Waterways Museum in Gloucester. 

It is sure to be a fun, family experience and cruises take place during December. The cost is £10 per person. For further information or to book tickets telephone  01452 318200.

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