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New canal quiz provides half-term fun.

Finding something different for the kids to do during the upcoming half-term break has just been made easier with the launch of the new Wey & Arun Canal children's quiz sheets. There are two versions of the quiz - one for the younger members of the family and another for older children - and both have been designed to make a boat trip or walk alongside the canal more interesting. The quizzes aim to make learning about the canal and its surroundings - engaging and fun for both children and parents. The free quiz sheets will be available from the Canal Centre beside the Onslow Arms at Loxwood, West Sussex, RH14 0RD (off the B2133), between 12 and 4pm on Wednesday 31 October and Friday 2 November, as well as between 11am and 4pm on Sunday 28 October, Saturday 3 November and Sunday 4 November. Trips along the canal on one of the Canal Trust's narrowboats are available on Sunday 28 October at 12.30, 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm. Free car parking.

For more information see www.weyandarun.co.uk. Telephone 01403 752403 (office) or 01403 753999 (Canal Centre)

EDITOR'S NOTE

Further information and photographs in the form of JPEG files can be obtained from the Wey & Arun Trust's Public Relations Officer: Sally Schupke (01483 560543): email: press@weyandarun.co.uk

The Wey & Arun Canal Trust

The 23-mile Wey & Arun Canal was built between 1813 and 1816 to link the Rivers Wey and Arun, thus forming an inland barge route between London and the south coast in order to provide a safe inland route for military supplies to the fleet in Portsmouth. However, after the Napoleonic Wars, it became a largely agricultural canal, carrying goods including coal, chalk, lime and farm produce. The coming of the railways finally sealed the canal's fate, the waterway being abandoned in 1871.

Since 1971, the Wey & Arun Canal Trust, a registered charity, has been working to re-open navigation along the waterway and, once fully restored, to again link Littlehampton on the south coast with the River Thames via the River Wey.


Last updated  Thursday, 25 October, 2012
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