Discovery Day 2018

Discovery Day 2018

Sunday October 14th

We’re looking for waterway, ecology and waterways craft stalls – particularly those who are happy to demonstrate/involve our visitors – please use ‘contact us’ on our homepage.


Discovery Day 2017:

Thank you to all who visited us on Discovery Day

We raised a staggering £2360.50  😀

…and it’s all down to you – thank you!

Our Treasure handing over £20,000 to Richard Parry, Chief Exec of the Canal and River Trust. Yup, not only do our volunteers do the majority of the restoration work on locks 14 and 15 we also need to raise £100,000 in match funding. This is our second payment – only £60,000 more to go, gawd! Keep coming along and supporting us for heaven’s sake! Photo: Towpath Talk

Thank you to all the customers of Sainsbury’s Grantham who voted us ‘Sainsbury’s Charity of the Year’ – and then went on to raise £9410.50 WOW! Picture: Towpath Talk










Discovery Day fun – photos: Towpath Talk







Duck Race Winning Tickets:

1st. place: Number 29 Sainsbury’s voucher £20

2nd place: Number 100 Sainsbury’s voucher £10 (unclaimed – get in touch via ‘contact us on the homepage – or social media – if it’s yours 😀 )

3rd place: Number 165 Sainsbury’s voucher £5

Last to finish: Number 31 Meal for two at the Geese & Fountain, Croxton Kerrial

All non finishers received a booby prize, courtesy of one of our members.


Discovery Day


Sunday October 8th

10am – 4pm

A Great Family Day Out!

Free Entry ~ Free Parking ~ Free Entertainment

Your Mistress of Ceremonies 😉

Local Radio Presenter

Suzie Sparkles!


 Richard Parry

Chief Executive of the Canal and River Trust

 will open this year’s

 Discovery Day!


Narrowboat Rides

Children £2.00            Adults £3.00

Wildlife Stands

Raptor Rescue ~ Hedgehog Welfare ~ Lincolnshire Bat Group

Great to know there are so many local groups caring for our sick and injured wildlife – they may even have some of their recovering patients for us to see!

The Woodland Trust will be with us – where would we, or our wildlife be without our woods!

Family Activities

to include – The fabulous Creation Station & more!

‘Inspire your child and unleash their creativity with award winning creative fun brought to you by the friendly folk at The Creation Station.  At this year’s Discovery Day, enjoy a creative journey of discovery through fun hands-on art and craft activities.’

Check out their Facebook Page!

Dancing Girls


Clog Dancing by the Maids of Clifton


Have a Go fun!

Training the next generation of canal restorers 🙂

Try your hand at bricklaying with the Waterway Recovery Group!

WRG are helping us restore locks 14 & 15 in the Woolsthorpe Flight 

More Dancing – Girls & Boys this time!

Let Allington Morris entertain you!

In the Marquee

Sustrans – ask them about cycling routes in this area & beyond

Waterway Groups ~ Crafts ~ Butterfly Conservation & More!

Pick up your free copy of Towpath Talk – The UK’s Number ONE read for all waterway users

In the Carpenter’s Shop


Homemade Cake ~ Tea ~ Coffee ~ Soft Drinks

Live Music!

The Trent Navigation Shanty Crew

Gary Cadwallader

Outside attractions include

Sizzling Sausages BBQ

Canoe Rides

thank you to Newark Canoe Club

Try your skill in a variety of craft ~ you’re advised to bring a change of clothes & towel ~ hopefully you won’t need them 😉  This does tend to be a damp activity even without falling in 🙂  A small charge will be made for canoeing  

Be a souper trooper 

Enjoy homemade soup from our WW1 Field Kitchen – fueled by wood

Dirty Duck Race

…the silliest duck race you ever did see…

as if duck racing is ever serious 😉

Duckmaster Ayup Meduck

Lock 15 restoration – Guided Tours

A minibus shuttle service will operate from the main Discovery Day site to Lock 15

Thank you to the Waterway Recovery Group for providing this service 🙂

Camping and Caravanning on site – make a weekend of it!

Why not stay longer?  Fabulous views of the majestic Belvoir Castle, Towpath Walks, Canoeing, Fishing, Cycling

Good Food at the Dirty Duck!

Explore the Vale ~ Discover the market town of Grantham

or the ancient charm of Stamford & Newark

***Where to find us***

The Carpenter’s Shop Canal Depot, Duck Lane, Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, Nr. Grantham. NG32 1NY

If in doubt – just make for the Dirty Duck pub!

Camping & Caravanning only:

Telephone Belvoir Castle Reception 9am – 5pm: 01476 871001

The Dirty Duck only:

Telephone: 01476 870111

Discovery Day enquiries only:

Contact us

…and finally ~ we couldn’t do it without them:

With grateful thanks to the Belvoir Estate and licencees Jean-Francois & Lynne of the Dirty Duck for permission to use their car park and facilities 

fueled by volunteers!


  1. […] More information about the event can be found at: […]

  2. […] Notes: I’ll be in touch early October over this with regards to timings, think the past year’s attendance levels worked well with splitting the day up into 2- 2.5 hour blocks to cover attendance during the event and help with the setting up/down. But do give what you can and give yourself’s time to look around the event. More details here. […]