Workshops on the River Weaver

Workshops and CruisesWorkshops on the River Weaver

In 2020, as well as the four cruises outlined below, the Danny offers half and full day workshops aimed at Key Stage 2 Primary pupils on board the Danny at our berths on the beautiful River Weaver. We recommend booking a preparatory workshop at your school to introduce the children to the topic, and shows them some handling objects to get their imaginations fired up.

Teachers can choose to have a focus on:

  • History: Exploring the significance of the Manchester Ship Canal and the River Weaver; identifying historic features on the Danny, discussing what has changed on the Danny and on the waterways in how they are used and who uses them
  • STEM: Exploring the scientific principles being put to use to make the Danny work (forces, pulleys, levers, change of state, chemical change). 
  • Geography: Map reading, compass skills, treasure hunt, features of rivers
  • Art and Design: Sketchbook skills - exploring the environment texture, detail, outline and colour 
  • Music (dependent on specific personnel, as based on live music): learn and perform songs relating to the history of the Danny and the science of steam; learn how a shanty worked; create your own song.

Above all, the day provides fun and immediate access to the great resource that is the Danny and equally to the great resource that is the expertise and experience of the volunteers. 

We provide a full itinerary and risk assessment for you to work from, as well as a learning pack including activities for the classroom before and after the visit in order to maximise the children's learning and enjoyment. Workshops are £60 for a half day and £120 for a full day for one class. To enquire about dates, locations or for more information, contact Learning and Participation Manager, Cathriona Bourke at [email protected]


River Weaver Cruises

Our KS2 cruises on the River Weaver offer children a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the history of our waterways, explore birdlife with an ornithologist (we saw on average 30 species on our school cruises last year) and find out more about the engineering wonders of our waterways with our engineers. The cruises between Sutton Weaver and Acton Bridge offer the chance of stopping off at a lock and meeting the lockkeeper, and the children can have their lunch on the prom deck or at the picnic area at the lock, depending on timings and weather conditions. 

As we reach the end of our 60% subsidy from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Danny has decided to continue to subsidise school cruises, so that we can offer the following in June-July 2020:

June 15th, July 20th 10.00 - 12.30; Sutton Weaver to Acton Bridge - £200 per class; 2 classes per cruise

July 20th, 13.00 - 15.30: Acton Bridge to Sutton Weaver - £200 per class; 2 classes per cruise

June 15th 13.00 - 14.30; Acton Bridge to Anderton Boat Lift - £150 per class, 2 classes per cruise

Full itinerary and risk assessment available on request, and learning programme can be tailored to meet the current focus of your teaching in school. On booking a cruise, we recommend you also book in a classroom visit in advance, to introduce the children to the Danny and her history. To enquire or request a booking, please contact [email protected]

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