Canal Tableau and Barge Trips

Along with Wyre Council, particlulary their Arts and Events Development Officer we have joined together to promote health and wellbeing whilst celebrateing the 200 anniversary of the Lancashire Canal being built. 

For the duration of the scarecrow weekend there will be a selection of lit up tableaus positioned along the canal to celebrate the construction of the canal. Each tableau will be self sufficient generating power via solar panels in order to light up the beautiful canal.

Visitors to the Scarecrow Festival are encouraged to either walk the canal trail  between Kepple Lane and Garstang Marina whilst taking part in a quiz. Quiz sheets can be obtained from the Wyre Councils Stall on Moss Lane Playing Field with rewards for high scores!!

Visitors can also take a barge trip to view the tableau's which will run between Kepple Lane and Bridge House Marina on Sunday the 7th July.

Barge trips are FREE OF CHARGE and EVERYONE is welcome to come on board!!

There is no booking just turn up ready for departure- don't leave it too late as places are limited!

The barge trips will run from the bottom of the ramp next to the bridge opposite the Th’Owd Tythe Barn on Kepple Lane. This will provide easy access for small children and those who have mobility challenges.

The barge trips will run on the hour every hour from Kepple Lane starting at 10am. The trip will last about 25-30 minutes with the last trip leaving Kepple Lane will be 3pm. The barge will stop at Bridge House Marina so people can disembark on to a jetty for easy access to the marina. You will have the opportunity to visit Bridge 64 Café for food and drinks if you so wish!

They will leave Bridge House Marina every hour on the half hour. So the first trip back will be 10.30am, with the last trip back at 3.30pm

Wyre Council officers will be on board with all the materials for children and adults alike to make miniature scarecrows to take home- it wouldn't be a scarecrow festival event without more scarecrows!!

If this doesn't sound enough we even have a one man band playing along the Canal Towpath for barge passengers and any one walking the trail to listen to.

There will be an artist doing caricature sketches of anyone wishing to have an amazing portrait done on Moss Lane Playing Field- We know, we spoil you!!!

Elizabeth Webster, Chairman of Garstang Scarecrow Festival comments:

 “The team is absolutely delighted to be able to bring this new addition to the scarecrow festival for families to enjoy and showcase Garstang in all its glory. We are so pleased the scarecrow festival is celebrating 200 years of the Lancaster Canal and assisting to promote Wyre Council's health and wellbeing initiative.  We would like to thank Wyre Council in making this project happen.”

We would like to say a massive thank you to Wyre Council- without their support we wouldn't be able to provide such a spectacular addition to our jam packed weekend.

We would like to thank the following  Businesses for their support:

  • Bridge House Marina: Click here to find our more-
  • Bridge 64 Cafe and Bar- To look at their amazing food and dining area click here (well worth a visit between boat rides)-
  • For more details regarding the Jungle Queen barge, which is available for private hire, please visit