THIS February half term, why not take the kids to experience Britain’s longest, deepest and highest canal tunnel?
Yes, that’s right – we’re talking about Standedge Tunnel in Marsden, West Yorkshire, one of the seven wonders of the British waterways!
From Friday, February 15 until Monday, February 25, the Standedge trip boat will be back in action after a spot of winter rest and relaxation.
Visitors are invited to enjoy a 30-minute journey into the tunnel with lots of fascinating facts and stories along the way.
In the school holidays, boat trips are available every day (11am – 3pm weekdays and 11am – 4pm weekends) whereas in term time, trips run Friday through to Monday.
The visitor centre and grounds are totally free to enter, with indoor soft play and outdoor adven-ture play areas, nature trail and an interactive exhibition explaining the history of the tunnel in a fun and child-friendly way.
The site’s Watersedge Café is currently having a huge makeover to include brand new interior, fixtures and fittings with an overall cleaner and fresher look.
However, staff promise the same high quality of food and service with that Yorkshire friendliness and ‘homely’ feel that is hard to deny.
In the time being there will be a pop-up café in the visitor centre serving favourites from the menu.
Visitors can choose from a range of hot and cold drinks, sausage and bacon sandwiches, jacket potatoes with cheese and beans, soup, toasted currant teacakes, toast, beans on toast or scrambled egg on toast.
A date is yet to be confirmed for the re-opening of the café but follow @Standedge on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates.
For more information, go online: standedgetunnel.co.uk
To read more about your local waterway visit: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/standedge-tunnel-and-visitor-centre