There’s a community fun day on the way to mark 10 years since the inscription of a World Heritage Site right on our doorstep.

Thursday, June 27 will mark 10 years since the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and an 11-mile area from Shropshire to Denbighshire was inscribed as a World Heritage Site (WHS) by UNESCO.

A World Heritage Site fun day will be held at Trevor Basin from 2pm until 6pm on Saturday, June 29, to mark the 10 year anniversary of the UNESCO inscription.


There’ll be a load of activities on offer throughout the day for families to enjoy – including a community dance project, circus skill training, music, mini golf, community stalls and even the chance to take part in the Big Build LEGO workshop to build the Pontycysyllte Aqueduct in miniature.

There’ll also be the chance to step on to canal boats, and try your hand at paddling in coracles and canoes – and Techniquest Glyndŵr will be on hand providing insight on building aqueducts and bridges.

But the celebrations won’t stop with the community fun day.

The fun, music and bright lights of Underneath the Arches are on the way and the aqueduct’s 10th year anniversary will also be represented at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod.

And as part of the celebrations, we’re also inviting children to take part in a poetry contest, which could see them winning a trip along the Llangollen Canal in a horse-drawn boat – find out more details about the children’s poetry competition on the Glandŵr Cymru website.

The World Heritage Site stretches 11 miles from Gledrid in Shropshire, through the Wrexham County Borough to Horseshoe Falls near Llangollen in Denbighshire.

This event is organised by the Canal & River Trust, Denbighshire Countryside Service and Wrexham County Borough Council as part of the Pontcysyllte aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site anniversary celebrations, and has received funding via the Regional Tourism Engagement Fund (RTEF) and supported through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Welsh Government, the Fund to improve the visitor experience and create stronger destinations by working together, Visit Wales and The National Lottery Heritage Fund through Our Picturesque Landscape Project.

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