Celebrate National Heritage day with us on Saturday, 9th September

Come and share our passion for the history of the canal.  Find out how it all began with an Act of Parliament in 1817.  See how John Rennie built the Portsmouth and Arundel Canal with three sections. Learn about its working origins, gradual disuse and then renovation in the late 1970s. Read about the restoration work by The Portsmouth and Arundel Canal Society to today where the canal is an important recreational and wildlife area. 

The Heritage Centre will bring 200 years of history to life with a model of a narrow boat and canal artefacts. There are also display boards and touch screens with images from the past. Find out about the wildlife and plants that are found in and around the canal. Our volunteers will be happy to answer questions.

There will be a few free activities for children and a canal trail organised by our volunteers. No need to book. Just drop in.  Please note parents will need to be responsible for their children and must remain with them at all times.

After visiting the Heritage Centre, why not walk along the canal path, or book a canal boat cruise and see how the canal has developed.  Imagine the barges loaded with a cargo of building supplies and coal and contrast it with today’s canal boats, paddle boarders and rowing boats.

The canal cafe will be open for refreshments. Sit outside in the sunshine or enjoy the views from the balcony.  We also have a selection of mementos of your visit for sale in the shop.

Wendy Mahe

Photo: Dave Standley

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