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Community News & Views | Easter bunny trips at canal

It is all water off a bunny’s back as Chichester Canal’s ever popular Easter Bunny trips are scheduled to start again today.


Tickets have been selling fast since they went on sale in February. With only a few tickets left, the trips are expected to be a sell-out.


These trips wouldn’t be a success if it wasn’t for the brilliant canal volunteers who skipper and crew the boats while the Easter Bunnies do the entertaining.


This Easter, there are four excited bunnies, three of them brand new. Lael Smith, Lily Lynn and Cara Redman are led by Funmi Ajayi, a member of Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, who was also one of last year bunnies. Pleased with the opportunity, all said they would put the experience on their CV.


Richmond departs from the Canal Basin with refreshments served on the way to Hunston. Here, the Easter bunnies welcome the families with singing and (weather depending) there’s time for a leg stretch and photo opportunity.


The bunnies join the boat for the return trip to the basin. There will be colouring, singing and dancing and children will be offered a chocolate egg and a bunny biscuit. Leaving the boat, each child receives a soft toy, while adults receive flowers, and there’s a chance for further photos.


The girls explained why they wanted to be an Easter Bunny and what it means to them. Both Lily and Funmi say that being a bunny will give them more confidence by meeting people. That’s very important for Funmi, considering a career in Law.


Cara, who wants a career in performance, is pleased she can put a relevant job role on her CV. Lael, who did her own face paint and is interested in becoming a stage make-up artist, put it the best when she said simply: “I get a kick out of entertaining.”


The Easter boat trips are £10.50 per person and operate over two weekends. The first run is from today (Friday, April 12) until Tuesday, April 16. The second is Friday, April 19, until Monday, April 22.


The trips depart from the Canal Basin and there are three time slots a day to choose from: 10.30am, 1pm or 3.30pm.


You can book your place online by visiting: or calling: 01243 771363.

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