FALLING INTO SEPTEMBER - looking after the kids on a narrow boat
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Fri Sep 1, 2017 at 4:13pm



The kids may be going back to school this month, but lets take a look at how best to look after the little ones when they are near the waterways. Half term will be here before we know it and and for many of us it will be one of the last holidays we take this year on the canal.

Taking children on a narrow boat holiday is a great way to spend quality time with your kids, but for everyone to have a relaxing time its worth making sure that everyone knows how to conduct themselves whilst on the boat or near the water.

If your children have never been on a boating holiday before it has to be said it could go one of two ways; they will either love it or hate it! So you have been warned. 


  • Ensure they are wearing a life jacket.
  • Give them jobs to do so they feel part of the crew.
  • For older children enrol them into helping with the locks and mooring.
  • Don't consume too much alcohol when you are supervising young children.
  • Keep doors locked.
  • Don’t leave children unsupervised.
  • Use a play pen for very young children.
  • Don’t allow children to run by a lock.
  • Don’t allow children to stand and walk on the roof of a moving boat.


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apples, bilberries, blackberries, damsons, elderberries, figs, grapes, medlar, melons, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, raspberries, redcurrants

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September, 2017 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:

What’s happening in September?  

1 Sep Emma Nutt Day,1 Sep No Rhyme or Reason Day, 2 Sep Bison Ten Yell Day, 3 Sep Skyscraper Day, 4 Sep Eat an Extra Dessert Day, 5 Sep Be Late for Something Day, 5 Sep Cheese Pizza Day, 6 Sep Fight Procrastination Day, 6 Sep Read a Book Day, 7 Sep Salami Day, 8 Sep Pardon Day, 9 Sep Teddy Bear Day, 10 Sep Swap Ideas Day, 11 Sep Make Your Bed Day, 12 Sep Chocolate Milkshake Day, 13 Sep Positive Thinking Day, 13 Sep Roald Dahl Day, 14 Sep Hug Your Hound Day, 15 Sep Make a Hat Day, 16 Sep Collect Rocks Day, 16 Sep Guacamole Day, 17 Sep International Country Music Day, 18 Sep Rice Krispie Treat Day,19 Sep National Gymnastics Day, 19 Sep International Talk Like a Pirate Day, 20 Sep Punch Day, 21 Sep Miniature Golf Day, 22 Sep Hobbit Day, 23 Sep Checkers Day, 24 Sep Punctuation Day, 25 Sep Comic Book Day, 26 Sep Love Note Day, 27 Sep Crush a Can Day, 28 Sep Ask a Stupid Question Day, 28 Sep Good Neighbor Day, 30 Sep Astronomy Day, 30 Sep Hot Mulled Cider Day

Plenty for the kids to celebrate this month!


Roses and Castles Weekend Painting Course 2nd September 2017, 9:30am to 3rd September 2017, 4:30pm Stoke Bruerne An introduction to traditional painting techniques.    

Discovering the Regent's Canal from East to West 2nd September 2017, 10am to 10th September 2017, 12:30pm Chalk Farm Tube Station Come along and discover the Regent's Canal on a walking tour from East to West. This walk will take you from Chalk Farm tube to Warwick Avenue.  

Milton Keynes Angling Association - Let's Fish 2nd September 2017, 2pm to 4pm Grand Union Canal, Old Wolverton Come along to Milton Keynes Angling Association's fishing taster day in Milton Keynes.   Festival fun by the canal

Angel Canal Festival 3rd September 2017, 11am to 5pm Sites across Islington North London This September head down to the Angel Canal Festival.  

Black Country Boating Festival 8th September 2017, 10am to 10th September 2017, 6pm Bumble-Hole Nature Reserve Head along to the Black Country Boating Festival.  

Slough Canal Festival 9th September 2017, 11am to 10th September 2017, 5pm Slough Organised by Slough Borough Council, you'll find boat trips, canal wares, arts and crafts, canal fishing, healthy walks, kids activities, falconry, mobile farm and refreshments  

Two Arms on Two Legs Running Festival 10th September 2017, 10am to 4pm Aylesbury Get your running shoes on! We've got a half marathon and a 10k run taking place along the Wendover and Aylesbury Arms.    

Tipton Canal & Community Festival 15th September 2017 to 17th September 2017 Neptune Health Park and Coronation Gardens Come along to the Tipton Canal & Community Festival, for a weekend of fun for all the family.  

Vintage Foxton Festival 16th September 2017, 10am to 17th September 2017, 5pm Foxton Locks This year's Vintage Foxton festival is the first we've held in Foxton Locks.   Huddlesford Heritage Gathering 23rd September 2017 to 24th September 2017 Lichfield Cruising Club Organised jointly by Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust and Lichfield Cruising Club, head along to Huddlesford's biennial gathering.  

Huddlesford heritage gathering 23rd September 2017 to 24th September 2017 Lichfield Cruising Club Head along to the Lichfield Cruising club for the biennial Huddlesford Heritage Gathering.  

Birmingham Floating Market 23rd September 2017, 10am to 24th September 2017, 5pm Barclaycard Arena Head along to Birmingham Floating Market.