Swinton Lock Activity Centre is a Community Based Arts, Education and Activity Centre based in an idyllic location by the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Canal near Mexborough.


We provide a wide range of activities for young people including Fishing, Arts and Crafts, Digital Art, Boat Handling, Construction and Mechanics and the most popular by far, Spray can Art. An extensive Adult Programme runs successfully alongside, covering a diverse range of activities. You can choose from Boat Handling, Pottery, Jewellery, Fine Art, Glass Art, Arts and Crafts and much more. The centre and one of the two boats is access inclusive, making it an ideal place for groups of all abilities.


Our location, facilities and ample parking also make Swinton Lock an ideal location for meetings, conferences and parties. Our team of qualified staff can also be available to make your event as specialised as you require. Why not learn to skipper the boat and enjoy a tranquil excursion on the canal? Don't forget you camera and binoculars, as you will be surprised by the wildlife living on your doorstep. We can also offer a wide choice of children's parties, with any of the Art and Crafts activities available to make it a party to remember.


Watch this space for one of our regular open days where you can come along and meet the staff and sample many of the activities we have to offer. We hope to see you soon.


Pond Dipping

Family Fun...


Watch this space for details of our regular Family Open days.


This is an excellent opportunity to try out some of the many activities we offer. Why not book a family trip on 'Spirit", Swinton Lock's beautiful Narrowboat, create your own graffiti board or simply relax with a delicious slice of cake.


Check out our events here...




Pottery Class

Adult Learning...


Why not join one of our Adult Learning Groups?


Try your hand at something new and find your inner Picasso.


With an extensive programme of Arts, there's something to suit everone.


Find out more here...



Swinton Spirit

Relax and Enjoy...


Join our experienced crew for a relaxing cruise along the canal.


Learn how to skipper the boat and manage the locks but don't forget your camera as there's some fantastic wildlife to see.

Painting & Drawing Class


Following a very successful trial in 2016 Swinton Lock Activity Centre is pleased to advise that we have been able to extend the 7 week taster course for adults wishing to learn how to paint & draw


Due to the positive feedback received from those students attending we are now running this as a term time class on Tuesday mornings 9.30am to 12.30pm (fees applicable)


If you would like to learn how to paint & draw with direction from a qualified tutor please contact kathill@swintonlock.org to register your interest.


kathill@swintonlock.org or info@swintonlock.org.uk

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