Region: North West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Kittywake Canal Cruises, Boat House, Under No 1 Terminal Building, Wigan Pier, Wallgate, Wigan, Lancs WN3 4EU

Contact: 01942 836885 Mobile 07850 562043



At Kittywake we aim to provide community and educational organisations with a versatile floating base, static or cruising, for a wide range of educational, interactive and leisure activities.  

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?

Kittywake Community & Educational Experience Cruise 2016. At Kittywake we offer educational and community organisations a unique, versatile floating venue. Static or cruising, there are a wide range of interactive activities and learning opportunities. Whether an informal leisurely Learning experience or a more formal educational delivery, supporting Class-led curriculum is required, all Cruises are delivered in a fun and professional style.

Kittywake Cruise Experience

Just sailing on Kittywake offers a unique perspective on the local area, panoramic windows provide an alternative view to Wigan’s local industry, heritage and environment all from the comfort of Kittywake’s cabin.

Cruises with our Amateur Historian

For an enhanced experience having Kittywake’s amateur historian aboard offers the perfect opportunity for students/guests to learn about not only local heritage, canals and transport but also the goods, employment, artwork and everyday lives of the people associated with the canals and surrounding industries. The on-board talk can be delivered formally or informally to offer ad-hoc information and answer questions, all information is delivered at an age appropriate level and there are artefacts and props to see, discuss and handle.

For those requiring more detail a variety of curriculum topics can be accommodated e.g.:

• History & Geography

  • Three C’s (Cotton, Coal & Canal) Events beyond living memory.
  • Development of Canals as a progression from utilization of rivers, life on the Cut (canal) in the 1700s onwards.
  • Effects of the industrial revolution on the landscape, villages & Cities. George Orwell (The road to
  • Wigan Pier)

• Environmental studies 

  • Water cycle and basic natural environment of the canals.

• Art

  • Barge-wear painting and music.

Kittywake’s aim is to underpin classroom learning, to challenge perceptions of the contemporary model of family, work, life and transport etc. This will also provide opportunities for further exploration of related topics such as urban development etc. as covered by Key Stages 1, 2 and 3.

Interactive Lock-working Experience

Offering our students/guests the opportunity to further immerse themselves in history. Under the close supervision of fully trained crew and with clear explanations, students/guests experience the job of ‘Lock-lad or lass’ by operating the historic locks. Safety equipment (floatation jackets) provided.

Trencherfield Mill Option

In partnership with Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine. This is one of the largest and finest working Steam engine examples of its type. Built over 100 years ago, and churning out a massive 2,500 horse powering feed the hungry machinery of Trencherfield Mill, it played an instrumental role in Wigan’s industrial development.

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

Kittywake is set in the Historic Heritage area of Wigan Pier, rich in the architecture and ambience of the industrial revolution. It has a unique perspective on the modern area and the historical past along with activities and linking in with other local attractions for an holistic experience.

What does a typical educational visit include?

Long or short cruise with a canal-side view of the surroundings and historical discussion on the 3 C’s or more informal general discussion regarding the area and the uses and importance of the canals. Physical activities fully supervised lock working and docking at a real canal dock next to a real cotton mill with a working steam engine

What group sizes do you cater for?

Up-to 41 passengers – Kittywake

Up-to 50 passengers – Elleswake not yet in service

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?

We provide worksheets and certificates for the children and are happy to discuss any extra requirements that teachers may have.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?


What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

We provide risk assesments and are happy to have site visits should they be required

Does your venue have an education officer?

No we have an amateur historian and qualified TA

What is the cost of the visit?

Cost ranges from £150 for a static venue to £339 for a full 2.5 hour cruise with full history discussion/talk and lock working experience for up to 41 passengers.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

Sensible clothing/shoes and wet weather gear

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

The boat always sails with a qualified first aider.

Please list facilities available.

Refreshments available, packed lunches can be brought on board

What are your disabled facilities?

Kittywake is not suitable for wheelchair access

Elleswake will be fully wheelchair accessible with full access toilets when in service

What are your opening days and hours?

We cruise from 9am to late 7 days and 52 weeks a year.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Boat Trips Historical Heritage Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design English Environmental Studies Geography History Leisure & Tourism MFL Music Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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