Meanwhile on the towpath…

There’s no Burnley Canal Festival this year, but if you are looking for some family friendly and FREE OF CHARGE activities as summer drifts into autumn, come and join us!  Something is happening along the towpath…

Towpath Explorers present Weavers’ Quest 2019

On Saturday 14 September the Explorers will be back with a new version of the hugely popular, competition-based trail that went down so well with explorers of all ages at BCF 2018.

The Quest is an immersive family adventure, a playful journey inspired by the history of the Weavers’ Triangle. Players will enjoy a magical experience as they follow a guided trail, meeting some interesting characters and undertaking challenges along the way.


The game is set in the late 18th Century where mechanisation of the weaving industry is upon us but a skilled hand weaver is still as good and as fast as a machine. Players take on the role of the weaver, following a guided trail through a series of challenges, meeting some extraordinary characters along the way, in order to collect the equipment, materials and good luck they will need to turn a profit and avoid catastrophe on the cobbled road to success.

Once players have completed the trail they will return to the Cotton Exchange for a theatrical reveal of the results of their hard work and their subsequent position on the leader board. The trail will begin and end at the Weavers’ Triangle Visitors Centre at Burnley Wharf by the Leeds and Liverpool Canal which tells the story of the area, the canal and the cotton. The trail winds along the canal towpath until it reaches the canal’s famous ‘straight mile’, then it leaves the towpath to head through town and back to the Visitor Centre, and will take between 30-60 mins – dependent on how fast you walk and how fast you solve the clues!

The quest is FREE and suitable for all ages, and will be especially enjoyed by families (please note that children must be accompanied by an adult).

To ensure everyone has the best possible experience we will stagger registration throughout the day.  Visit our Eventbrite page and select the 15 minute window that would best suit you to start on the trail, and then simply arrive at the Weavers’ Triangle Visitor Centre to collect your score card and map during that time.

Places are limited so don’t delay, book your place now!

Kennet came to Burnley Wharf

On Saturday 24th August the wonderful floating interactive museum, The Kennet, joined us, on a blisteringly hot day, at Burnley Wharf. Visitors were able to climb aboard one of the few remaining ‘short boats’ built for the Leeds & Liverpool Canal still in existence. At 62 feet long it was designed to be able to pass over the whole canal, unlike the slightly longer traditional length boats. Built in 1947 it carried goods on the canal until the early 1960s when it became a maintenance vessel for British Waterways, a role it continued until the 1980s. Now, thanks to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society it carries a cargo of heritage visiting schools and events up and down the canal. Our visitors were able to see the exhibits and learn more about the history and heritage of the canal, the boats and the boat people that travelled on it.  They also enjoyed the melodious accompaniment of Ben Farmer, who ran his accordion through all sorts of local folk ditties, to the delight of young, and not so young, alike.

If you are approaching from Manchester Road you can access the towpath through the Visitor Centre, why not have a look round while you’re in there. Alternatively there is a path down to the towpath on the opposite side of the road.

Towpath Explorers were in the Park

Also on Saturday 24th August, the Towpath Explorers made a special guest appearance at the Thompson Park Fun Day event.  Lots of young Explorers undertook activities to help them prepare for the great Explorer Quest in September, and they also had lots of fun!

BCF presents Meanwhile on the towpath… is produced by Mid Pennine Arts and supported by Super Slow Way.

If you have any questions please email or call MPA on 01282 421986 and they’ll do their best to answer them.

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