Events at The Barge Inn, Seend

From regular events to one off occasions there is always something going on at The Barge Inn! Take a look at the events currently on offer below:

Seend Lock Open Day

 10 March 2018 

 10:00am - 4:00pm

 Seend Lock

 Kennet & Avon Canal

Come and learn about the history at the heart of the Kennet and Avon Canal. Perfect day out for Mum ahead of celebrating Mothering Sunday the next day!

See archive footage and photographs of the lock and canal to see how it has changed over time, make a bat or bird box and take a virtual tour of our canals around the country.  There will be poetry recitals and a chance to take part in a yarn workshop.  Our floating visitor centre 'Admiral' will be hosting activities for children and you will be able to join a guided nature walk.

The lock is very close to The Barge Inn for food and refreshments.  There will be parking available in the field next to the lock.

What you need to know

  • Please wear sensible footwear i.e. wellies, trainers or flat shoes
  • Dogs are welcome but will not be allowed in the locks
  • There will be a space to leave bikes and buggies
  • Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult to go in the locks
  • Unfortunately, the lock is not suitable for wheelchairs

The works

One of the Kennet & Avon Canal’s construction teams will be undertaking major works at Seend Lock 18 for six weeks. The work will involve replacing both sets of gates and balance beams, which have reached the end of their working life. To enable these works the lock will be drained and cleared of silt. 

While the gate replacement is underway, other repairs to brickwork and lock gears will be carried out. Each of the larger gates weigh almost three tonnes and therefore a 55-tonne crane will be on site along with other major equipment used for pumping out a quarter of a million litres.

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