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Santa's sleigh is to take to the canal.

Santa is pleased to announce that he has found some space in his diary in the run up to his busy Christmas period this year so that he can cruise the Wey & Arun Canal for some special boat trips starting from the Canal Centre by the Onslow Arms in Loxwood, West Sussex, RH14 0RD

Boys and girls hoping to meet Santa in person will have their chance on the trip to tell him what they'd like for Christmas as well as receive an early gift from him.

The trip also includes refreshments, with mulled wine and mince pies for the adults and special Christmas biscuits and soft drinks for children.

The Santa Cruises will depart from Loxwood at 11am, 12noon, 2pm and 3pm on Sunday 9, Saturday 15, Sunday 16, Friday 21, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 December. Tickets, costing £9.00 per person, should be booked in advance at the Wey & Arun Canal Trust's office on 01403 752403 or office@weyandarun.co.uk. Bookings are also being taken for the public trips on Boxing Day (at 11.00am, 12noon, 2pm and 3pm) and New Year's Day (at 12noon, 1pm and 2pm), tickets which cost £5.00 for adults and £2.50 for children.


The Wey & Arun Canal Trust

The 23-mile Wey & Arun Canal was built between 1813 and 1816 to link the Rivers Wey and Arun, thus forming an inland barge route between London and the south coast in order to provide a safe inland route for military supplies to the fleet in Portsmouth. However, after the Napoleonic Wars, it became a largely agricultural canal, carrying goods including coal, chalk, lime and farm produce. The coming of the railways finally sealed the canal's fate, the waterway being abandoned in 1871.

Since 1971, the Wey & Arun Canal Trust, a registered charity, has been working to re-open navigation along the waterway and, once fully restored, to again link Littlehampton on the south coast with the River Thames via the River Wey.

Last updated  Friday, 26 October, 2012
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