Family Fun2021-09-07T12:02:30+01:00


Ideal short entertainment sessions for the younger ones (3-9 years), which include a themed boat trip from Frogmore Paper Mill, down The Gade and joining the Grand Union Canal with storytelling, wildlife spotting and birdfeeding.  Last about 40 minutes.

When: school holidays from Summer 2021

Time: 11am and 2pm

Fee: From £5 – £15. Please see individual Storyboats for prices.      Book in advance.

Most suitable for primary children.  All children must be accompanied. If you are bringing a tot under 3, please let us know, as they count as a passenger for insurance purposes.

Booking essential.  Please call 01442 234600, or email

Easter Storyboats to fed the birdlife and see any newly hatched chicks. The Gade River is full of wildlife and we will pause to feed any we spot. The Bryan Donkin Boat leaves from outside our Visitor Centre door, travels down The Gade and join the Grand Union Canal, where we stop briefly. Stories and facts along the way. A gentle time filler for younger children on holiday… and their parents. Lasts approximately 45 minutes. £5 per passenger, with a maximum of 12 passengers, plus crew. Booking essential.

Date Event
Wednesday 6th April

11am and 2pm

Easter Storyboat
Wednesday 13th April

11am and 2pm

Easter Storyboat

Half Term trips down the River Gade, to join the Grand Union Canal, while stories are read. We try to pause to watch and feed any wildlife we meet along the way. The river is full of life and at this time we should see some young broods of goslings, cygnets, ducklings and moorhens. A gentle way for younger children, to spend some time during the school break.  Our Bryan Donkin boat can take a maximum of 12 passengers, plus crew. Lasts about 45 minutes. £5 per passengers. Booking essential as these are very popular and sell fast.

Date Event
Wednesday 1st June Whitsun Storyboat
Friday 3rd June Whitsun Storyboat
SOLD OUT  Summer themed stories on the Bryan Donkin boat. Hopefully lovely, warm weather and a gentle 45 minute trip from The River Gade, outside our front door, to The Grand Union Canal and return. We will do some wildlife spotting and and bird feeding along the way. Booking essential. Boats limited to 12 passengers, plus crew. £5 per person.
Date Event
Tuesday 3rd August Summer Storyboat
Wednesday 11th August Summer Storyboat
Tuesday 17th August Summer Storyboat
Tuesday 24th August Summer Storyboat
Tuesday 31st August Summer Storyboat

Tickets will go on sale 10am, 1st October. Halloween themed Storyboats, timed for after school. Early evening 4-5pm. Come dressed up and join our spooky crew for spooky tales and spooky goings on. The Bryan Donkin will be Halloween decorated and leave on time from the front of our Visitor Centre in Fourdrinier Way. Please arrive prompt.  Booking essential. £9 per person.

Date Event
Friday 29th October

1.30pm, 2.45pm and 4pm

Halloween Storyboat

Tickets will go on sale 10am, 1st December. Santa Storyboats are very special. Santa makes a special visit to joins us, on our trip, in a festive Bryan Donkin boat.  Dressing up expected! Adults will be treated to mulled wine or a hot drink, and children to a special gift and Christmas themed stories as we take a trip down the River Gade, from outside our visitor Centre, down to the Grand Union Canal and back.  Our boat takes a maximum of 12 passengers plus crew. £15 per person. Lasts 45 minutes to an  hour. Booking is essential to join the fun.

Date Event
Monday 20th December Santa Storyboat
Tuesday 21st December Santa Storyboat
Book Storyboat Tickets

Drop-in crafting

Pop in for a morning or afternoon with the young ones. Select your project  (eg birdhouse/ bunny,) as you pay and make use of our workstations, to decorate it to your liking. All the family welcome, pay by project blank. We supply all the materials, you can do all the messy, creative stuff and we do the clearing up.

When: school holidays 2021
Time: 10- 12 am and 1-3pm
Fee: £9 per person

NOTE: August 2021 – the blanks are rabbits, birdhouses (in stock) or wands (awaiting!)

Drop-in sessions, no need to book

Most suitable for children 5-13.  All children must be accompanied

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