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Tooley’s Boat Trip on the Dancing Duck with Muddy Waters Author

4 September, 2021

Tooley’s Launch ‘Kids on the Canal’ Event With ‘Muddy Waters’ Author

Oxfordshire families with young children can experience exclusive boat trips in Banbury with charming stories from the Great British Waterways on Saturday, September 4th, 2021.

Visitors can climb aboard Tooley’s very own 39 ft purpose-built day boat the Dancing Duck to enjoy a 40-minute trip with Muddy Waters children’s author, Dan Clacher. Just two trips are available with room for twelve passengers, departing at 11:30 am and then at 13:00 pm.

Set on the Waterways of The UK and beyond, the award-winning children’s books feature Muddy (a narrowboat) and his friends, including Jolly Boatman, Hamish and Dizzy Spells, as they face challenges together and watch out for the fiendish pirate boat Ol’ One Eye.

The books will be available from Tooley’s shop at a special price of £2.99 each. Every child passenger will have the chance to meet the author, Dan Clacher, to discover the inspiration behind Muddy Waters, ask questions and get a story book personally signed.

Fun, vibrant and colourful, these wonderful tales capture the imagination of children and adults alike through rich language and beautiful illustration.

Dan Clacher, author of the Muddy Waters children’s books, said: “All Muddy Waters fans know that Muddy himself was built at Tooley’s boatyard over two hundred years ago. This magical place has been the inspiration for boat builders and story tellers for centuries. Join me at Tooley’s and find out how this truly unique and special yard in the heart of Banbury inspired me to write the Muddy Waters children’s book series”.

 The exclusive ‘Kids on the Canal’ event is being organised by Tooley’s Boatyard Trust, a charitable organisation run by a group of local waterways enthusiasts, who are passionate about sharing the dry dock’s rich history with fellow boaters and the wider community.

John Madden, Chair of Tooley’s Boatyard Trust, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Dan to Banbury. The pandemic has meant a shorter 2021 season, but this event will be a bit special, and we’re sure it will capture the imagination of children and adults alike. The regular Saturday boat trips have proved so popular that we hope to extend the season through to October.”

Situated Canalside in the heart of Banbury Town Centre, halfway between the new retail space Lock 29 and the actual lock no. 29; Tooley’s is home to one of the oldest working dry docks in England and is listed as a nationally important, ancient monument by Historic England.

Following the summer boat tours, the Trust is working towards unveiling new visitor attractions in 2022. Revamped exhibitions and new events will create a fantastic customer experience full of rich local history and exciting activities, with something for visitors of all ages.

To reserve a seat on the  Muddy Waters boat trips, or for more information about Tooley’s Boatyard, please visit www.tooleysboatyardtrust.org.uk or call 01295 272917


4 September, 2021
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Tooley’s Boatyard
Spiceball Park Rd
Banbury, Oxfordshire OX16 2PQ United Kingdom
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