The Anderton Boat Lift near Northwich will provide fun for the whole family over the Easter weekend with a free easter egg hunt.

Visitors will be able to explore the large grassy terraced lawns of the first ever successful boat lift, known as the Cathedral of the Canals, but they will also be able to see the lift and visit the interactive exhibition area free of charge.

The Anderton Boat Lift’s Easter Egg Hunts will run between 9.30am - 5.30pm, across the whole Bank Holiday weekend - from Good Friday, March 25 to Easter Monday, March 28.

The lift sits between the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal and is an combination of working historic structure and fun, educational experience.

Using easy clues, young easter egg hunters will be guided on an interesting tour around the grounds and can claim their egg prize at the end.

Anyone with excess energy can use the large play area located next to the Boat Lift.

Throughout Easter there will be regular boat trips for which there is a charge.

For the boat trip booking is advisable on 01606 786 777.

Anderton Boat Lift’s general manager Tim Turner said: “The Anderton Boat Lift is a wonderfully evocative piece of architecture and provides a really interesting backdrop to the Easter Egg Hunt. Every year, visitors of all ages, report how much they have enjoyed the experience, especially families who are visiting their relatives over Easter.”

The Anderton Boat Lift is owned by the Canal and River Trust and was restored in 2002 after a £7 million restoration made possible due to a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.