Monday, 6 August 2012

Cambridge MP Takes A River Cruise With The Young Crew Of The Playboat


MP Julian Huppert will take a river cruise on the Playboat on Wednesday (August 8) when he joins the young crew drawn from the city’s Chypps Playscheme.

Julian will climb aboard at Jesus Green to find out more about the boat – the first of its kind in the country - which journeys along the River Cam to Stourbridge Common and back.

Crew members – school age children living or staying in Cambridge – will be given the chance to steer the boat and work the locks on the journey.

And Julian is likely to be invited to join in with some of the activities which may include environmental art, river dipping, cooking and fishing as part of Cambridge City Council’s Summer Daze programme for school age children.

The Playboat is a custom-designed 60 feet long by 10 feet wide narrowboat which was delivered to Cambridge last year.

Julian said: “The Playboat is a fantastic idea, bringing children together on the river for a morning of fun. They not only get to learn how a narrowboat navigates the waterway by steering and opening the locks, but they also get a chance to learn more about their environment at the same time.

“This is a great way to combine play with education while giving youngsters the chance to learn new skills and have fun. I’m really looking forward to joining the crew.”