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Bringing art in the community to Garstang Scarecrow Festival

The Towpath Project at Garstang Scarecrow Festival Published Monday, 17 June 2019

Wyre Council is delighted to be working with the organisers of Garstang Scarecrow Festival, to put together an arts trail along the towpath in the town between Kepple Lane and Bridge House Marina.

Known as ‘the towpath project’, this new enhancement to the festival involves two artists’ residencies organised by the council’s arts and events team; one at Over Wyre Medical Centre and the other at Garstang Library. Participants are contributing towards making different tableaus and way markers which will be installed and situated along the canal during the festival which takes place from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 July. Everyone is welcome to come along and work with the artists - pop into the library or medical centre to find out when the next session is on.

The project is part of an arts and health drive by the council to encourage people to get involved with something creative and benefit from the positive health and wellbeing that results. The project coincides with the bi-centennial of the Lancaster Canal, and has support from the Canal and Rivers Trust. It will help promote the physical activity of walking along this beautiful waterway and being involved in an arts trail that will be seen by thousands of residents and visitors.

On Saturday 6 July there will be a towpath project tent, based on Moss Lane playing field, nearest to Church Street. Here families can pick up the trail quiz, make mini scarecrows, have their caricature done for free by artist Chris Knapman and enjoy Pete Moser’s one man band antics. Pete who will also be performing along the towpath at various times. There will also be hula hoops, juggling balls and other children’s garden games.

On Sunday 7 July, join the art boat at Bridge House Marina. There will be free regular half hour cruises with an artist on board, so the young and not so young can make mini scarecrows.

Councillor Lynne Bowen, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Health and Community Engagement comments, “Councillor Lynne Bowen, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Health and Community Engagement comments, “This is a very special project which encourages people to get together and be creative at this already popular community event. We are fortunate in Wyre to have both high calibre artists and highly skilled event organisers and the project has been a very positive partnership.”

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.”

For information about the project please email or to find out more about the festival visit

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