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At Kittywake we offer groups a traditional, wide beam barge with wheelchair lift as a versatile floating venue at the heart of Wigan heritage, Wigan Pier.

Enjoy a relaxed, leisurely Cruise while your on board historian peaks your interest with artefacts and local knowledge for your informative experience, all guests will be well looked after by our friendly, professional Crew. Sailing on Elleswake offers a unique perspective on the local area.

Day or night, panoramic windows provide an alternative view of the geography and wildlife as well as the heritage of the Industrial Revolution and environs of Wigan, Leigh and the Douglas Valley all from the comfort of the spacious cabin. Varied food options along with a fully licenced well stocked bar add to the enjoyment of the experience.

Cruise Pricing

The below cruises are available on the following days:

Monday to Friday (Friday Cruises must end before 5pm)

Sundays and public holidays

Elleswake 2 Hour Cruise (up to 20 guests) £350

Extra Passengers (after 20) - £7 per person

Extra Hours - £80 per hour

Cruises include Local Historian at no extra cost!

More Information

What's included in the hire price?

• Elleswake Cruise - Wheelchair Lift, Toilets, Bar serving Alcoholic, Hot & Soft Drinks, Panoramic Windows/Views • Lock Experience - Gain the unique experience of descending and asscending a Canal Lock all from the comfort and warmth of your seat. • Fully qualified Captain under Coastguard and fully trained Crew (some crew hold enhanced DBS checks) for your required duration. • In-person historical commentary and artefacts supplied by a local amateur historian. • Use of on-board audio entertainment system - compatible with CD/Mp3/ipod/smartphone and USB memory stick. Background music is provided • Use of on-board visual entertainment system - compatible with most DVD formats. • Covid Safe protocols and training in place.
Wheelchair lift is available for use by any guest who prefers this method of boarding.

What's Nearby?

Wallgate Fish and Chips (Dine in or Take out) The Best Chippy Experience you will find! From welcoming & friendly staff to fabulous fresh food and brilliant portion sizes to match - A Must Try! Open | Mon - Sat 11:30 - 21:00 Sun 13:00 - 21:00 Wigan Indoor & Outdoor Market Open | Mon - Sat 8:30 - 17:00 The Old Courts Open | Times differ for individual events etc Little Pot Plants The perfect stop for your group, this beautiful small business offers all kinds of plants, plant advice and other fun bits that you're sure to be enamoured with! - Perfectly located in the town centre allowing for plenty of fun shopping! Open | Mon - Tues 9:30 - 17:30 Fri - Sat 9:30 - 17:30 Sun 10:00 - 14:00 The Galleries A beautiful Victorian Arcade hosting over 60 high street & independant stores! Located in the centre of town you can discover eateries and shops gallore. Open | Mon 10:30 - 16:30 Tue - Sat 9:00 - 17:30 Sun 11:00 - 17:00 Bank Holidays 10:30 - !6:30 Grand Arcade The modern Mall for all of your shopping needs, located in the town centre this large shopping centre hosts your favourite high street stores from Boots to WHSmiths. Open | Mon - Sat 9:00 - 17:30 Sun & Bank Holidays 10:30 - 16:30 Haigh Hall Woodland Park & Kitchen Courtyard Open | Mon - Sun 10:00 - 16:00 Mesnes Park & Fredricks Ice Cream Parlour Open | Mon - Sat 9:00 - 17:00 Sun 10:00 - 17:00 Wigan Little Theatre Click the above link to see upcoming shows Museum of Wigan Life Open | Thur - Sat 10:00 - 16:00 Wigan Central

Food Options

Executive Buffet In A Box | £7 per person. Selection of Sandwiches, Savories, Sides, Dessert, Cheese & Crackers and Fresh Fruit all delivered in a delightfuly decorative personal box Traditional Fish & Chips | from £4.50 (meals priced seperatley) Fresh Fish and Chips, Large Sausage & Chips, Chicken Nuggets & Chips or Halloumi Burger and chips- (v) with your choice of Peas, Gravy or Curry (Mild or Hot) Afternoon Tea | £10.50 per person Delicious Selection of Sandwiches with Garnish, Crisps and a Bitesize Savory. Indulge in a Selection of Petit Fours and a Scone with Jam and Cream. Cream Tea | £4.50 per person A wonderful option for something light including a Scone, Jam and Cream with a Tea or Coffee. Hot-Pot | £5.50 per person A delicious personal portion of Hot-Pot with crust served along side a Buttered Barm and Pickled Onions with a Tea or coffee. Pie, Peas & Gravy | £5.50 per person A delicious meat & potato, Steak or Cheese & Onion (v) pie with Peas & Gravy. Hot Pizza Hut Pizza | price dependant upon meal chosen Order Pizza Hut Pizza to be delivered directly to the boat during your cruise

Historian Details

For an enhanced experience, Kittywake’s historian offers the perfect opportunity for 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, transport, villages & Cities. George Orwell (The road to Wigan Pier)
• Art
• Barge-wear painting and music.

Other Experiences available on board

  • Interactive Lock-working Experience
Offering our guests the opportunity to further immerse themselves in the canal experience. Under the close supervision of fully trained crew and with clear explanations, guests can experience the job of ‘Lock-lad or lass’ by operating the historic locks. Safety equipment (floatation jackets) provided, sensible clothes and shoes should be worn. £70 Min 4 hour cruise Max 40 passengers
  • Pub Stop at Crooke Hall Inn

Risk Assesments & Insurance Details etc.

Risk assessments & Insurance details available on request Please contact us for more information.

Cruise Suggestions/ Packages

Option 1

Start: Wigan Pier

End: Appley Bridge - The Boathouse (One Way)

Cruise Duration: 3 hours


•Kittywake Canal Cruise from Wigan Pier to The boathouse restaurant Appley Bridge •Two course Meal at The Boathouse Pub •Coach to Golden Days Garden Centre Shopping with discount voucher at Golden Days Includes: •3 hour Canal Cruise •2 course pub meal •Discount voucher and shopping opportunity

Option 2:

Start: Wigan Pier

End: Wigan Pier (Return Trip)

Cruise Duration: 3 hour Cruise & 1 hour village Pub stop


•Kittywake Canal Cruise from Wigan Pier to Crooke Hall village Pub •2 Course Meal at Crooke Hall village Pub •Return Cruise to Wigan Pier Includes: •3 Hour canal cruise •2 course pub meal

Option 3:

Start: Wigan Pier

End: Wigan Pier (Return Trip)

Cruise Duration: 2 hours


•Kittywake Cruise from Wigan Pier and return •Chippy tea on board supplied by Wallgate Chippy •Coach to Haigh hall woodland park & kitchen courtyard Includes: •2 Hour Canal Cruise •Chippy tea on-board •Haigh hall visit

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