Escape to the Cotswolds for a maritime heritage experience with a difference. Chose from three ways to experience travel on the Kennet and Avon Canal and Avon River as people would have done in Victorian times. Or why not try all three! This is a maritime heritage event where you will definitely learn something new but it will be in a relaxed environment and there will be no need to take notes on this NAS event!

On Saturday find out what it was really like travelling along the Kennet and Avon canal in Victorian times on our Boaters and Boathooks: Victorian Voyages on the Kennet and Avon Canal day. The cruise on Barbara McLellan will include cream tea and exclusive live commentary from local author Alison Cannon who will read from her latest publication Victorian Boating Holidays on the Kennet and Avon Canal. The cruise will be based from Bradford-on-Avon and travel up to the Dundas aqueduct where there will be time to get off the canal boat and have an explore before getting back on the boat and returning to dock.

Sunday provides two more opportunities to explore the historic watery landscape in the Cotswolds.
In the morning, spend two hours on the oldest electric river launch still in existence! There will be historical commentary about the canal and the interesting life of the vessel. Board Lady Lena at Darlington Wharf in Bath and travel up the canal to Claverton, then back down to Bath top lock and returning to Darlington Wharf in time for lunch (by your own arrangement) in the beautiful city of Bath. This journey will be on a different section of the canal so will be an entirely different landscape to experience.
In the afternoon, the historic boating experience gets a bit more energetic. NAS members will be able to explore the River Avon in Victorian rowing skiffs! Bring a loved one and have a romantic paddle in the beautiful riverine landscape just north of Bath. Bring some friends, test your maritime skills and find out who will win an impromptu the 'Head of the River' race. Or come on your own and make new friends with other NAS members! We'll be based out of the Bath Boating House which is also an excellent restaurant.

Anyone who loves history and the water. Bring a friend or loved one for an experience with a difference. NAS members will enjoy the relaxed historical maritime experience learning something new. And loved ones of NAS members will enjoy it as well! 

Saturday 20th May
10am-3:30pm Canal boat tour on Barbara McLellan with Victorian boating historical research and anecdotes en route. Includes cream tea on board

Sunday 21st May
10am-12pm Lady Lena oldest electric river launch still in existence, from Bath Top Lock return to Bathampton. Includes historic commentary about the history of the surrounding river and the restoration of this unique and pioneering vessel.
Lunch in Bath
2-4pm Thames rowing skiffs from Bath Boating Station

Five credits (or 2.5 for half day) will be awarded to NAS members to go towards their NAS Certificate or Award.

For this special weekend, NAS members can bring one non-member to any or all of the events for member prices.
Whole weekend NAS member £120
Whole weekend non-member £170
Saturday Canal boat NAS member £60
Saturday Canal boat non-member £100
Sunday Lady Lena NAS member £40
Sunday Lady Lena non-member £80
Sunday Rowing skiffs NAS member £30
Sunday Rowing skiffs non-member £70

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