Revolutionary paint fight hits The Falkirk Wheel

Visitors to the world’s only rotating boat lift are being invited to paint the town (and each other) red, blue, green and orange as part of The Falkirk Wheel’s first-ever colour fight.

Revolution Festival will welcome the ‘Icon Tribe’ and the ‘Genius Tribe’ as they come head to head in a family friendly explosion of colour at 3.15pm. Kids and toddlers will also get the chance to decorate their friends and family in an under-six paint fight taking place at 2.15pm.

The nontoxic eco and skin friendly powder paint is made up of 99% corn starch and 1% natural dyes – making the event safe for both everyone involved and the environment. The powder might tint light coloured clothes, and for safety reasons shouldn’t be thrown at eyes and mouths. Those who plan on painting their pals are encouraged to bring some common sense, some old clothes, and a pair of cool shades with them on the day just to be safe.

Now in its third year, Revolution Festival is bringing new and exciting elements to an already successful annual family day out. Featuring an array of unique events, performances, and splashes of colour throughout the day, the festival on June 29th will offer fun for everyone.

Visitors will be dazzled by the acrobatic antics of The Showman Circus; walk on water in the Wheel’s zorbs; explore the history of the Union Canal by boot, bike or boat; set off on a Segway safari; take a turn on the Wheel; dance the day away with live entertainment; or take a peek at the paddlers taking part in Lock & Paddle. The event will run from 10am to 5pm.

For those looking to refuel during the festivities, there’ll be stone-baked pizza, artisan ice cream from Falkirk-based parlour The Milk Barn, and an array of sweet and savoury treats on offer in the Wheel’s café, and the outdoor pizza oven and airstream.

“We’re always looking for new ways to celebrate the amazing assets that we have here at Scottish Canals, ensuring the public have access to the locations and of course having fun along the way.

“The colour fight is yet another aspect which we are able to bring some adventure and family friendly fun to The Falkirk Wheel and we look forward to welcoming everyone to our colour extravaganza!

“As well as the colour fight, we’ve got some great activities planned on the water, the banks and beyond for the Revolution Festival. As a parent with young children, I can recommend these family friendly events, and I’d encourage everyone to come along and experience the activities on site and of course the world’s only rotating boat lift.”

Catherine Topley, Scottish Canals CEO

Revolution Festival will also see the return of Lock’n’Paddle following up on last year’s record number of vessels on The Falkirk Wheel at one time; with canoeists, kayakers, and stand-up-paddlers getting the rare chance to take a spin on the wheel in their man powered boats.

Tickets for the colour fight can be bought here, and more information on Revolution Festival can be found here.

Notes to Editors

About Scottish Canals

Scottish Canals is responsible to the Scottish Government for the management and development of the Union, Monkland, Forth & Clyde, Crinan and Caledonian Canals. As well as the waterways themselves, Scottish Canals care for bridges, buildings, locks, The Falkirk Wheel, The Kelpies and water supply reservoirs in locations across Scotland. The reservoirs cover an area equivalent to 7,494 football pitches and supply the canals with the 332 million litres of water which flow through them each day.

The Forth & Clyde, Union and Monkland canals in the Lowlands, the Crinan Canal in Argyll and the Caledonian Canal in the Highlands together extend over 137 miles from coast to coast, across country and into the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.

Built two hundred years ago to fire the Industrial Revolution, today the canals contribute to the Scottish Government agenda of developing a Greener; Healthier; Smarter; Safer and Stronger; and Wealthier and Fairer Scotland by acting as a catalyst for sustainable economic development, regeneration and tourism; contributing to education, biodiversity, heritage and promoting active living and healthier lifestyles. The Forth & Clyde, Union, Monkland, Caledonian and Crinan canals are recognised as Scheduled Monuments and attract 22million visits per year.

For more information, visit or follow @ScottishCanals on Twitter.

For further information, please contact:

Eden Morrison at Scottish Canals on 07976555241 or email

Nicola Sturgeon at Scottish Canals on 07767383557 or email

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