Get out and about at The Falkirk Wheel

A cycle trip along the canal towpaths is a great family day out
A cycle trip along the canal towpaths is a great family day out

A children’s TV programme of years gone by used to urge youngsters to ‘‘switch off your television sets and go and do something less boring instead’’.

Those who tuned in to ‘Why Don’t You’ are probably parents themselves now.

And, as well as television, they are having to contend with a whole range of games consoles and electronic devices keeping their kids inside.

So the activites on offer at The Falkirk Wheel this summer provide the perfect excuse to get them sampling the great outdoors.

As well the thrill of sailing 35 metres into the air on the world’s only rotating boat lift and burning off energy at the popular play park, there plenty of things to keep them occupied

At the new mini-canal they can have fun and learn at the same time, while the return of the water walkers – back by popular demand – allows youngsters to run, roll, flip and spin across the surface.

And, for a really fun and healthy day out, why not go exploring by foot, bike ... or even canoe.

You can 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.

In addition to the regular activities, there will be a variety of other events during the summer so keep checking for details.

When you eventually return home, write and tell us how you got on and you could land a fantastic prize!

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