Beat the January blues by dropping in on the Canal & River Trust charity at their new weekly ‘Chatty Café’ on ‘Warm Up Wednesday’ in the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port.
Every Wednesday morning (10 am – 12 noon), volunteers will be around the museum’s attractive waterside café to welcome visitors and enjoy a good natter in friendly surroundings.
The café will serve a wide range of delicious snacks and light meals, and, as a special late Christmas present, the Trust will give all Wednesday visitors free entry to the museum’s fascinating waterway displays and extensive boat collection during January.
The museum’s Crochet Group will also thread an extra layer of fun and chat into the Wednesday morning gatherings. Volunteers will be on hand to explain ways of getting more involved in the Trust, which cares for more than 2,000 miles of canals and river navigations.
Chris Done, visitor services manager at the museum, said: “After the buzz of Christmas, January can be challenging for many people, particularly those living alone. Here at the museum, we’re delighted to join forces with the broader ‘Chatty Café’ scheme and provide a warm, friendly welcome to anyone who’d like to get out of the house and meet new friends.
“For residents and boating enthusiasts alike, the museum is at the heart of our community, and we’re delighted to bring a little cheer to the January gloom and provide exciting possibilities and a new, positive start to 2024.”
Situated in a stunning waterside location beside the junction of the Shropshire Union and Manchester Ship canals, the National Waterways Museum is open Wednesday – Sunday (10am – 4 pm). Adults cost £11.75 (£10.50 concession over 65) and children £8.50.
The Trust cares for 2,000 miles of canals, as well as Cheshire visitor attractions, Anderton Boat Lift and the Waterways Museum. For more information about visiting or volunteering, visit the Canal & River Trust website, HERE