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The Anderton Boat Lift, near Northwich, known as one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Waterways’ will be hosting a free, family-friendly, Viking Invasion on Saturday 14 May and Sunday 15 May, between 10am and 3.30pm. The event will see the grounds of the Anderton Boat Lift transformed into a Viking settlement with free displays and demonstrations. Staged by Y Ddraig Warriors of Stoke-on-Trent, each day will end with a ‘live’ battle.

Visitors are encouraged to look around Y Ddraig’s (the dragons) living history exhibition and ask questions and try out their armour and equipment. Y Ddraig will be putting on arena combat displays throughout the day and will also be training its youngest warriors, which all children are welcome to join in with. For the very youngest visitors there will also be a free craft activity.

Warwick Kinrade, Jarl of the Y Ddraig Warriors re-enactment group, said: “We are delighted to be coming to the Anderton Boat Lift. The Vikings had a strong connection with Cheshire* and particularly the Wirral where they settled after repeated raids. All over the region there are Viking place names and Viking archaeological finds.

“Recent DNA tests show that Viking offspring are still going strong in the region. We’re hoping this free event will attract those who want to find out more about how the Vikings of their distant past. The displays and demonstrations, given by people dressed in traditional Viking clothes and with replica weapons, really bring to life what it was like to be a Viking. It promises to be a lively and engaging weekend for all the family.”


Tim Turner, Anderton Boat Lift’s General Manager, said: “With its terraced grounds leading down to the River Weaver, the Anderton Boat Lift’s site is a spectacular setting for this action-packed family event. Visitors can also tour the Lift’s free interactive exhibition, use the play area, visit the shop or simply watch events unfold from the recently-extended tree-top Coffee Shop. Alternatively, they may wish to pay and take a boat tour down the River Weaver or experience what it feels like to be magically transported through the Lift by this piece of Victorian engineering.a boat trip through the giant Lift.”

For all boat trips, booking is advisable on 01606 786 777. The Anderton Boat Lift is owned by the Canal and River Trust and was restored in 2002 after a £7 million restoration made possible due to a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

For further information, contact: Fiona Young, Anderton Boat Lift on 01244 851867 or at [email protected]

Notes: 'Y Ddraig Warriors (the dragons) are a Viking re-enactment group based in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire, recreating the life, society and warefare of a Viking longship crew, operating in the Irish Sea in the 10th Century.

Viking background in Cheshire and Wirral *From the 8th till the 10th centuries, the Irish Scandinavian colonies sent frequent ships to raid – and settle – in Cheshire. It is known that for a short period, part of West Cheshire was at one time actually controlled by the Norse king Ceowulf. In 893, the Vikings are known to have invaded Chester, though they did not settle here.

Throughout the region there place names revealing this Viking past. For instance, Shocklach near Chester is derived from the Viking meaning ‘grass on banks of River’ and a Viking parliament is commemorated in the a ‘thing’ or parliament at Thingwall on Wirral.
Bromborough on the Wirral is a candidate for the epic Battle of Brunanburh in 937 that involved the Vikings and Celts versus the Anglo Saxons. Brunanburh has been called "the greatest single battle in Anglo-Saxon history before Hastings" and was won following the death of five kings and seven earls by the Saxons.

Boat Trips and Activities, Costs and Opening Times at the Anderton Boat Lift

The Anderton Boat Lift and the Coffee Shop is open from 9.30am to 4pm during weekdays and until 5.30pm on weekends, school holidays and Bank Holidays. Off-peak Winter hours apply later in the year. For more information visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk

Costs for the River Trip and Boat Lift Trip are as follows: 9.30am - 5.30pm, across the whole Bank Holiday weekend - from Good Friday, 25 March to Easter Monday, 28 March.

There is no charge for children under 5 years old and the adult charge only applies to children over 15-years old.

River Trip Adults £5.00
Children £4.00
Concessions £4.50
Family £14.00
(either 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children)

The River Trip takes 40 minutes and includes a commentary on the unique industrial heritage of Northwich.

Boat Lift Trip Adults £8.00
Children £6.00
Concessions £7.00
Family £22.00
(either 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children)

This Trip takes approximately 40 minutes during which visitors are transported through the Lift and given a commentary.

Combined Ticket Adults £12.50
(River and Lift) Children £9.00
Concessions £11.00
Family £34.50
(either 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children)

Special ‘Top of the World’ Tours
These hour-long tours are only available on a selected number of days and allow visitors to go on a guided tour on to the Boat Lift itself, including to the very top of the structure Please contact the booking office for more information on 01606 786 777.

Booking for the River trip and Lift Trip is advised by calling the booking line on 01606 786 777. The ‘Top of the World Tour’ is not advisable for anyone with a fear of heights.

Website: canalrivertrust.org.uk
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