Free family fun at annual Easter Eggstravaganza | Knutsford Times

Free family fun at annual Easter Eggstravaganza

By on March 25, 2019

Easter will kick off in style at Anderton Boat Lift’s free Easter Eggstravangza, taking place between Good Friday on 19 April to Easter Monday, 22 April.  Located near Northwich, Cheshire, this much-anticipated annual event will feature free Easter Egg Treasure Hunts for children throughout the day between 9.30am – 4pm, with prizes. Children will also have the chance to ‘meet and greet’ some special cartoon characters as well as having the opportunity to enjoy free arts and crafts in the Lift View Marquee.

For those children with excess energy, there is also the fun of the Lift’s £50,000 bespoke play area, designed to resemble the Lift. Entry to the Anderton Boat Lift is free for adults and children, as is the chance to enjoy the hands-on interactive exhibition explaining the interesting history of the Lift and the well-stocked shop. Lunch and snacks will be available at the tree-top Coffee Shop which sells a varied selection of fresh and affordable food and drinks.

The only cost for visitors is if they wish to enjoy the thrill of one of the boat trips. Visitors can experience how it feels to be magically transported through the Lift by this piece of high Victorian engineering. Alternatively, they can opt for a trip along the picturesque River Weaver where they can learn about the unique industrial heritage of Northwich, a town that has made its living on salt for more than 2000 years. Combined boat trip tickets are available. There is no cost for children aged under five years old and there are reduced price tickets for under 16-year-olds. To avoid disappointment, booking in advance is advisable by calling 01606 786 777.

The Anderton Boat Lift is the world’s first ever successful boat lift – one of the seven wonders of Britain’s waterways and an engineering masterpiece. Still floating boats through the air between the canal and river, the Lift is often referred to as the ‘Cathedral of the Canals’. The Lift sits in a spectacular terraced site between the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal and is an interesting combination of working historic structure and fun, educational experience.

Timothy Turner, Anderton Boat Lift’s General Manager, said: “Every year, visitors of all ages, tell us how much they have enjoyed coming to the Lift’s fun Easter Eggstravaganza. Many also book the special boat trips, which are enjoyed by all ages.

“This year, we’ve made the Easter Eggstravaganza even more exciting by giving children the chance to meet some of their favourite cartoon characters. The Anderton Boat Lift is a great place to enjoy the Easter break, especially for families who might be entertaining visiting relatives.”

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.

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