With the long summer holidays now upon us, what better way to spend a day out than at a top tourist attraction that’s right on your doorstep?
Over the years thousands of people have sampled the thrill of sailing 35 metres into the air on the world’s first – and only – rotating boat lift ... The Falkirk Wheel.
They’ve come from all over the world to admire the awe-inspiring structure as well as sample the other fun activities at the site.
But the fact is that hundreds of local families have never paid a visit – so why not make a date to go along?
You certainly won’t be disappointed as there is plenty to see and do.
The Falkirk Wheel is the gateway to Scotland’s Lowland Canals network having opened 11 years ago to link the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals.
Thrilling boat trips take place throughout the day and can be booked online at www.thefalkirkwheel.co.uk.
But there are also lots of other FREE activities on the site.
Youngsters and adults alike will enjoy exploring the visitor centre and discovering just how the unique structure works as well as picking up some fantastic souvenirs at the gift shop.
The centre also houses a cafe, which offers both delicious healthy meals and tempting treats, and there’s also the opportunity to dine al fresco at the picnic spots dotted around the area.
Also outside are the popular children’s play area, which provides hours of fun for the younger members of the family, and water play park where you can learn and have fun at the same time with the new mini-canal. But be prepared for lots of splashing!
Continuing the theme, the water walkers are back by popular demand, allowing you to run, roll, flip and spin across the surface – this time without getting wet!
If you’re feeling energetic, why not take a stroll along the canal banks, go wildlife spotting or explore Rough Castle Roman fort and the historic Antonine Wall – a UNESCO World Heritage site?
Canoes and bikes are also available to hire so you can get out on the water and enjoy a leisurely paddle or explore the woodland trails and cycle paths.
We’re looking for youngsters aged 15 and under to tell us why The Wheel is such a great place to visit and all about the fun things to do,.
The winner will be chosen at the end of July and will win a free weekend at The Falkirk Wheel for their family covering all the activities.
Send your entry to Wheel Stories, The Falkirk Herald, Unit 4A, Gateway Business Park, Beancross Road, Grangemouth FK3 8WX, along with a note of your name and and address or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.