A Week of Blacksmiths, Basket Makers and Bicycles

The last couple of days have seen 120 children from Park Junior School in Wellingborough stepping back in time at Stanwick Lakes. The school has been taking part in 2 days of heritage activities as part of the Trading Places project, which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery to breathe new life into the traditional skills of the Nene Valley.

The children have been trying their hand at 19th century crafts including weaving willow with a basket maker and making a dragonfly, spinning wool and hammering on a blacksmith’s anvil. They also investigated the 1881 census for Wellingborough, discovering who lived there and what they did for a living. The children came up with lots of ideas for their own research when they return to school. These included exploring their local area, investigating the school log books and one pupil is going to find out more about her lacemaking great grandma.

And it’s not too late to join in the fun! Visit Stanwick Lakes on Saturday 13th June, 11am-4pm, for a free day of ‘Victorian Cycling’ inspired entertainment!

Marvel as the Ministry of Bicycles perform daring displays on The Cycling Wall of Death- the only Bomberdrome in the UK.

Bring your bike (or hire one at Stanwick Lakes) and take part in a fascinating guided cycle ride around the lakes with a free ice cream afterwards. There are also special activities for children including a cycle quiz trail, peg dolly making, Victorian dressing up and bicycle decorating. All of these events are free of charge thanks to Heritage Lottery funding so come and enjoy the day with us.

You can find out more by emailing tradingplaces@rftrust.org.uk, calling 01933 625527or visiting the Trading Places facebook page.

~ By Liz ~