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Dragonfly at Kingshill Santa Report & Photos
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

Visitors to Dragonfly Santa Specials

The Trust has again run trips on its narrowboat to try to find Santa along the Wilts & Berks Canal at Kingshill Swindon.
The trips were over the 10 weekend days during the end of November and through December, 4 trips per day.
We were fully booked by late November.

photo1000 -1The boat was decorated and our guests enjoyed mulled wine & mince pies for the
squash and sweets for the children. The task was for the children to spot
who then got on board laden with presents for them.
Each child received a named personal present, plus a bag of Magic Reindeer Food. 
255 adults and 214 children joined us.-compared with a total to 351 last year
During the period there were 2 charter trips for groups of small children. Proceeds
were in aid of the Trust 
but more important many children, parents and grandparents
now know about the Canal and the Trust in Swindon.
We would like to thank all of our volunteers who worked so hard in order that
we were able to run 
the large number of Santa Trips. It is difficult to name those
who helped or even the list of tasks they performed 
as someone is bound to be missed out. So many thanks if you
helped and please pass this on 
to anyone who helped you but we were unaware of.
We also wish to thank all those who chose to join us to look for Santa
and hope they will be back next year to see if Santa returns to the Canal at Swindon
Some of the comments we received appear below


We had a fantastic time :) thank you 

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All the crew were brilliant, and Santa was fantastic! They really helped make it a special day out. We particularly liked the
little details, mulled wine, tea, sweets, reindeer food, and the fact that the presents had our boy's names on them,
and that they were age appropriate. As a family we've been to lots of other places to see Santa.
(Brunel Shopping Centre, Whitehall Garden Centre etc'), but this is by far the most rewarding and enjoyable of them all. PW


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 Just wanted to say a big thank you for today, we all really enjoyed it and the children were so excited to see Father Christmas
who was great with them, as were all the team. Also, the presents were absolutely brilliant! TM 




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Thank you for making our daughters very first visit to see Santa so special all 3 of us had a fantastic time. 
We will definitely be back next year. KM


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Just a quick email to let you know we had a great time on Sat. Our boy Tom loved the canal boat ride
and enjoyed meeting Santa.The gift bags for each child were fantastic and it was great to receive a gift
that didn't break in the first 5 minutes! Thank you for all of the hard work that went into the booking and gift bags.  D&PR  




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We had a wonderful time, thank you all very much and especially the lovely lady who got up and encouraged us
all to sing, the atmosphere was lovely and christmasy. All the children loved seeing Father Chritmas and
Both dads loved seeing Father Christmas too!! ( shown in one of the pictures) SM


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Just a short note to say how much we enjoyed our Christmas cruise yesterday.
 The crew and Santa were absolutely fantastic with the children
(and the lovely Santa was very conscious that some children
on board were not so sure about Santa!).  
We all really enjoyed ourselves and learning more about the canal and the
work going on and now we can't wait to book onto a cruise to Wichelstow!
Please do let me know when the 2014 christmas cruise
becomes available so we can book on again!  AP

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Swindon Advertiser Dec 9 2013







 We kicked off Christmas yesterday with a lovely Santa Trip on the Dragonfly! The kids absolutely loved it!
We couldn't believe that we were still in Swindon and all 10 minutes from my house.
Would highly recommend it to all those with children, even without Santa and the fantastic bag of presents
it was lovely to appreciate the canal that is right on our doorstep. I'm sure the ticket price didn't even
cover the mince pies, chocolate and mulled wine!! Book up!!!  DD on Facebook





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