Bowling Springfest set to offer Easter fun for all the family

Scottish Canals is inviting the public to hop along to BHive Activity Hub at Bowling Harbour on Saturday 31st March for a fun-filled Easter festival featuring an array of activities on and off the water.

From Easter egg hunts, canoeing and water zorbing to woodcraft and pony treks, there’ll be a range of activities for all ages. BHive Activity Hub will also offer the chance to try out everything from stand-up paddle boarding to soft archery and an array of garden games. Springfest will run from 10am until 4pm.

“Bowling is fast becoming a bustling hub of activity on and off the water and Springfest is a great way to way to showcase everything that’s happening at the gateway to the Forth & Clyde Canal.

“Whether they’re picking up a paddle and taking to the water, exploring the many stories of Bowling’s past, or hopping around on an Easter egg hunt, I’d encourage everyone to come along and get involved. It’s a great chance to get outdoors, learn new skills and enjoy a fantastic day out – whatever the weather.”

Matt Skilling, Activities Advisor at Scottish Canals

More information on the festival can be found here and on the dedicated events page on Scottish Canals’ Facebook page.

Over the past few years, Scottish Canals and its partners have been breathing new life into Bowling Harbour, developing a new tourism and leisure destination fitting of the western gateway to the Forth & Clyde Canal. This regeneration programme has been created on the basis of a shared, collective vision for the area, which was formulated with the local community and partner stakeholders as part of an award-winning ‘charrette’ programme.

To date, Scottish Canals and its partners have collectively invested more than £3.2 million in the area, which has included the transformation of disused railway arches into commercial business space and public realm improvements to the lower basin area.

For more on plans for the area, see www.scottishcanals.co.uk/placemaking/bowling-harbour

Notes to Editors

  • Scottish Canals is responsible to the Scottish Government for the management and development of five Scottish canals as well as the surrounding estate and The Falkirk Wheel. See www.scottishcanals.co.uk or follow @ScottishCanals for more information
  • The Forth & Clyde, Union and Monkland canals in the Lowlands, the Crinan Canal in Argyll and the Caledonian Canal in the Highlands, together extend over 137 miles from coast to coast, across country and into the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness
  • Built two hundred years ago to fire the Industrial Revolution, today the canals contribute to the Scottish Government agenda of developing a Greener; Healthier; Smarter; Safer and Stronger; and Wealthier and Fairer Scotland by acting as a catalyst for sustainable economic development, regeneration and tourism; contributing to education, biodiversity, heritage and promoting active living and healthier lifestyles
  • Today Scottish Canals is utilising these 18th century assets along with innovative technology to tackle modern problems. Through working with partners to create pioneering systems, Scottish Canals is helping to combat flooding and driving positive transformation in some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged areas
  • The Forth & Clyde, Union, Monkland, Caledonian and Crinan canals are recognised as Scheduled Monuments and attract 22million visits per year. See www.scottishcanals.co.uk for more information

For further information, please contact:

Chris McDonald at Scottish Canals, on 07917 217 608 or email Chris.McDonald@scottishcanals.co.uk

Nicola Sturgeon at Scottish Canals on 07767383557 or email Nicola.Sturgeon@scottishcanals.co.uk

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