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Dates throughout December

Mr Rabbit meets Brer Santa: Christmas performance 11am and 3pm at the Puppet Theatre Barge, Little Venice, Blomfield Road, London W9 2PF (tube Warwick Avenue, buses 6, 16, 98). Also December: 2, 3pm; 8, 11am and 3pm; 9, 3pm; 15, 11am and 2pm; 16, 2pm; 21, 5pm; 22, 11am and 3pm; 23, 11am and 3pm; 27-31, 3pm. Captioned performance on Sunday 2; relaxed performance on Saturday 15 at 11am. Children £9, concs. £10, adults £13. Box office 020 7249 6876.

December 11

Chester & Mersey branch IWA: Terry Noland talks about the Wirral Community Narrow Boat Trust. Followed by mince pies, sherry and bumper raffle, shop. At the Rolt Centre, Ellesmere Port Boat Museum, CH65 4FW, 7.45pm.

December 13

Lancashire & Cumbria IWA: Christmas meal. St Chad’s Parish Centre, 235 Town Lane, Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley PR6 8AJ, 7 for 7.30pm. Parking and bar available. Contact 01257 274440, lancsandcumbria@waterways.org.uk

Chiltern IWA: Branch Christmas party. Lecture by Jeremy Batch, Going Boldly (Across, Beneath and Beyond the Ocean). Little Chalfont Village Hall, Cokes Lane, Little Chalfont, 8pm. Contact Colin Bird 01932 248178.

December 14

North Staffordshire & South Cheshire IWA: Presentation by CRT chief executive Richard Parry. An update on CRT progress with current projects and a look at future plans. Stoke on Trent Boat Club, Endon Wharf, Post Lane, Endon, ST9 9DU, 7.45pm for 8pm. For further information contact Sarah Honeysett 01782 772295, socialsec.nssc@waterways.org.uk

December 16

IWA Towpath Walks Society, London: Regent’s Canal: King’s Cross – Granary Square – St Pancras. Starts King’s Cross (taxi rank) 2.30pm. Costs £10, £8 student/concs. Contact Roger Wilkinson 0203 612 9624.

Erewash Canal Preservation & Development Association: Sandiacre Lock Cottages ‘Victorian Christmas’. Open 11am-3pm. Free entrance. Refreshments, mince pies, tombola. Donations appreciated towards costs of opening cottages. Due to historic nature of cottages disabled access is limited. Erewash Canal, Lock Lane, Sandiacre, NG10 5LA. Special openings can be arranged, contact Glyn Stenson 0780 925 1441, glynstenson@hotmail.com

IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch Walk: Featuring the Trent & Mersey Canal. Arrive at 10am for a 10.15am start and look out for a damson Toyota. If using a map first find Cheshire, then Runcorn, then Dutton, which is at the south east corner of the urbanisation. The walk starts from the Tunnel Top pub car park which is above the Preston Brook Tunnel on the Trent & Mersey Canal. Grid ref: SJ 572 794, sat nav WA4 4JY. Ending with an optional pub lunch. Details on 07500 300347 or email derek.smith@waterways.org.uk

December 22

Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Trust: Festive sing song with mulled wines, hot chocolate for the kids and mince pies at Gallows Wharf Garden of Reflection, from 6pm. (Nearest postcode WS14 9HS). Carol sheets will be available and donations gratefully received.

December 23

Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre: Christmas party, suitable for all the family, with a DJ, dancing, party games, and sweet treats between 4.30pm and 7pm at the centre near Marsden, West Yorkshire.

December 27

IWA Towpath Walks Society, London: Grand Union Canal: Little Venice, Paddington Green. Starts Paddington Bakerloo tube station, Praed Street exit, 2pm. Costs £10, £8 student/concs. Contact Roger Wilkinson 0203 612 9624.

December 30

IWA Towpath Walks Society, London: Regent’s Canal: Mile End to Limehouse. Starts Mile End tube station, 2.30pm. Costs £10, £8 student/concs. Contact Roger Wilkinson 0203 612 9624.

December 31

St Pancras Cruising Club: Icicle Cruise to Rembrandt Gardens for a barbecue lunch and return to SPCC for the traditional New Year’s Eve party. Details from Andrew Phasey at vicecommodore@stpancrascc.co.uk or phone 07850 753 633.

January 5

The Water Gypsies: Canal jazz band takes its exciting sound to the Regent’s Canal. The music of Django Reinhardt in a joyful and exuberant style. The Baring Arms, 55 Baring Street, Shoreditch N1 3DS.


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