STOURPORT'S Canal Basins will be bringing history to life at its Easter heritage weekend.

On Easter Monday, an open day will give visitors the opportunity to discover more about the history of Stourport with a costume guided walk at 12.30pm and a talk and stroll about the features of the canal basins at 3.30pm.

Both walks will begin at the Tontine Stable heritage room, next to the Windlass Cafe.

The Old Ticket Office heritage room, in York Street, and the Tontine Stable heritage room will be open for visitors to explore from noon to 4pm and a free water safety session for children aged between five and 11 years old will take place at 2.30pm in the Tontine garden to teach them how to be safe around rivers, canals and basins.

On Saturday and Easter Monday, Canal and River Trust volunteers will be on hand to show visitors the living quarters of an authentic historic working canal boat to gain an insight into life on the waterways from 11am to 4pm.

Pauline Annis, chairman of Stourport Forward, said: “There is something to do for everyone at Stourport this weekend.

"At Stourport Canal Basins families can have fun learning about water safety at the Tontine Garden, visit the two heritage rooms, enjoy a guided walk or stroll beside the canal basin and explore the living quarters of a historic working canal boat.

"At Stourport Riverside families can also enjoy a traditional fairground, river trips, a free children’s play area, the picturesque Riverside Meadows and a range of family amusements including go-carts and even a fun game of crazy golf. We look forward to welcoming local people and visitors alike to enjoy the weekend with us.”

The event has been organised by Stourport Forward, supported by a grant from Wyre Forest District Council and Stourport Town Council.

All children attending the free water safety session must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information call Tim Ellis on 01299 822827 or email