Things to Do! Summer holiday family fun at Chichester Canal


Chichester Canal is home this summer to a family of swans with a record-breaking 9 cygnets. As well as family-friendly wildlife, the canal is home to many bugs, butterflies and bees, and this summer the canal volunteers are encouraging families to find out more.  

Kingfisher - Nathan Blakey

The Chichester Ship Canal Trust, the volunteer-led, self-funded charity behind the canal, is welcoming families of all ages to learn more about the insects that live along the canal. On Monday 25th July, from 10am – 3pm, the community volunteers will be outside the Heritage Centre at the Canal Basin, offering family friendly activities (inside if wet). Children are invited to take part in crafts and activities, including making insect hats, masks, peg butterflies and spring bugs. There is no charge for the activities, although donations to the Trust are welcome, and no booking is needed. Parents and carers are asked to remain with their children at all times.

Swan family Catherine Cannon

The family friendly waterside café will be open all day. The popular boat trips are running through the summer holidays and booking in advance is recommended.  

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Celia Javan, Community Team Lead Volunteer, said, ‘Our family friendly events are proving really popular. The canal is a Local Wildlife Site and offers unique habitat for wildlife. This month’s theme is around butterflies, which is highly topical as the annual Butterfly Conservation’s Big Butterfly Count is running till 7th August, and we’re encouraging visitors to the canal to take part.’

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