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Easter to kick off in style at historic boat lift


EASTER will kick off in style at the historic Anderton Boat Lift’s free Easter Eggstravangza, taking place between Good Friday and Easter Monday, April 19-22. 
The 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.
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 one of the boat trips. Visitors can experience how it feels to be magically transported through the Lift . Alternatively, they can opt for a trip along the picturesque River Weaver There is no cost for children aged under five years old and there are reduced price tickets for under 16-year-olds.
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 often referred to as the “Cathedral of the Canals”. The Lift sits in a spectacular terraced site between the River Weaver and the Trent and 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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