On Saturday 14 September the Towpath Explorers were back with a new version of the hugely popular, competition-based trail that went down so well with explorers of all ages at Burnley Canal Festival 2018.
The Quest was an immersive family adventure, a playful journey inspired by the history of the Weavers’ Triangle. Players enjoyed a magical experience as they followed a guided trail, meeting some interesting characters and undertaking challenges along the way.
The game was 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 took 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 needed to turn a profit and avoid catastrophe on the cobbled road to success.
Once players completed the trail they returned 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 began and ended 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 wound along the canal towpath until it reached the canal’s famous ‘straight mile’, then it left the towpath to head through town and back to the Visitor Centre.
Over 200 intrepid explorers joined the Quest and learned lots about the area’s heritage while having lots of fun.
Burnley Canal Festival presents Meanwhile on the towpath… was produced by Mid Pennine Arts and supported by Super Slow Way and the University of Central Lancashire.