Are you a home educator? Bring your family and join us on Tuesday 11th February for our first Home Education Day!

Your day will begin when you arrive at 10am and check-in with our staff in the upstairs foyer. You'll spend the morning enjoying our 45 minute boat trip and an hour of activities in our learning room exploring the lives of the people who lived on working canal boats. Get hands-on with our handling collection of roses and castles canalware, discover how locks work with our model canal, experiment with the best way to load a model boat and paint a paper ribbon and lace plate to take home with you. You'll also get to see for yourself what the living quarters on a working boat were like with our to-scale floor mat and virtual reality viewers (VR recommended for ages 7+, we'll also have some pictures on hand for little ones). 

If you'd like to stay and eat lunch on site we'll have a space inside for you to eat. Please note, our Gongoozler restaurant and gift shop will not be open. 

After lunch there will be activity booklets for you to explore our exhibition gallery with, led by yourselves and supported by our volunteer team. We expect you'll finish exploring by around 2.30pm, however you're welcome to stay as long as you wish. 

Tickets for the day cost £8.75 for young people. All adults supporting them and any accompanying infants (2 years or under) are free! Please make sure you select a ticket for everyone in your group as capacity on our boats is limited.

We'll also provide you with some supporting resources to take home with you, so that you can continue the learning and discovery after your visit. 

This home education day is designed for children aged 3-11 years, however older and younger siblings are welcome.  

If you have any access requirements please get in touch with us by email to [email protected] before or after you book to help us to make your visit the best it can be. You may also find our access guide useful. 


This event has currently reached capacity.

If you wish to be added to a waiting list, please email [email protected]

Dates for future Home Education Days will be added to our website soon - please follow us on Facebook to be the first to hear when new dates are announced.