The Canal Fun Day is an annual event, taking place this year in August. The venue for this great event is Linlithgow Canal Centre and its immediate surroundings.
There will be a variety of stalls in Learmonth Gardens: local and national charities, the Art Club exhibiting their work, a Punch and Judy show for the younger visitors, along with face painting and musical entertainment provided by members of the Linlithgow Folk Festival Association.
Short canal boat trips will be available throughout most of the afternoon along with a free ferry taking visitors from one side of the basin to the other.
There will be a Water Safety demonstration by International Rescue Corps, who also provide safety cover for the event.
Throughout the afternoon light refreshments will be available in the tea room, plus a barbecue, an ice cream seller on the Learmonth Gardens side, and ice cream and soft drinks on sale beside the Tea Room.
Great fun for participants and spectators alike, the main event and highlight of the afternoon is the Cardboard Boat Race. The participants of the race must try to stay afloat and complete the course in a record time, while many spectators will be hoping that they sink in a spectacular fashion.
From Edinburgh and the east leave the M9 at junction 3 and follow the A803 into Linlithgow. The Canal Basin is signposted from the roundabout at the east end of the High Street in Linlithgow. Take the B9080 towards Winchburgh. Immediately after going under the railway bridge at the lights turn sharp right up Back Station Road, 300 yards further on bear left over the canal bridge. The basin is on the right.
From Falkirk and the north leave the M9 at junction 4 and follow the A803. Drive through the town to the roundabout at the east end of the High Street then proceed as above.
From Glasgow and the west leave the M8 at junction 4 and follow the A706 into Linlithgow. Take the second exit from the roundabout onto the High Street and through the town to the roundabout at the east end of the High Street. Then take the B9080 towards Winchburgh. Immediately after going under the railway bridge at the lights turn sharp right up Back Station Road, 300 yards further on bear left over the canal bridge. The basin is on the right.
From Carlisle and the south leave the M74 at junction 13. Follow the A73 into Lanark and join the A706 to Linlithgow then the same directions as from Glasgow (see above).
Buses serve Linlithgow from Edinburgh, Stirling and many towns within West Lothian. Get off at the Star and Garter Hotel at the east end of the High Street and walk up past the station, under the railway bridge and the basin is on the far side of the canal, which faces you.
Linlithgow station is on the line from Edinburgh Waverly to Falkirk, Glasgow Queen Street and to Dunblane. Walk out of the station from the westbound platform, turn right into Back Station Road and the Canal Basin is 100 yards on the far side of the bridge.