On the Canal (1st-7th August)

 

Wednesday 4th August

14:00 – 15:00 (Kelpie Plaza)

Wild Herbal Magic: Falkirk’s Foraging Legends (Walking Tour)

Guided walk and workshop that will introduce you to the healing magic of Falkirk’s plants and trees, and the folklore associated with them.

Book here

 

15:00 – 16:15 (Kelpie Plaza)

City Breakz –  Outdoor hip hop performance trail from Room 2 Manoeuvre 

Four dancers – each armed with a patch of linoleum and sound system – will spring up in unexpected places around Falkirk’s Kelpie Plaza, throwing shapes wherever they land as anything and everything becomes the dancefloor. Will they find each other in time for the final showdown? It’s hop-hop…but not as you know it.

 

Saturday 7th August

13:00 – 17:00

WaterOrgan – From the Falkirk Wheel to The Kelpies

As you walk the canal listen out for Mark Zydalgo’s water organ! Based on a 18ft catamaran, this unusual instrument supports a wind organ that responds to the characteristics of the water to create a unique musical soundscape along its journey. The WaterOrgan will be travelling from the Falkirk Wheel to the Kelpies and back again making music over the course of the weekend.

 

14:00 – 15:00 (Kelpie Plaza)

Foraging for Colour: Plants, Paints, and Natural Pigments (Walking Tour)

Guided walk and workshop to learn how to make your own paints, inks, and dyes from foraged plants and trees right on your doorstep!

Book here

 

15:00 – 16:00 (Falkirk Wheel)

Chamber Music Scotland / Chamber Music Live! – Earthtones Trio

Earthtones Trio brings a captivating preview of Falkirk-born Euan Stevenson’s new work Sound Tracks. Blending classical, jazz, and folk, the music celebrates local landmarks and communities. It will be paired with a selection of much loved classical and jazz themes by composers such as Satie, Gershwin, and Mozart. The concert is free but tickets are required for the main seating area.

Book here

 

Sunday 8th August

13:00 – 17:00

WaterOrgan – From the Falkirk Wheel to The Kelpies

As you walk the canal listen out for Mark Zydalgo’s water organ! Based on a 18ft catamaran, this unusual instrument supports a wind organ that responds to the characteristics of the water to create a unique musical soundscape along its journey. The WaterOrgan will be travelling from the Falkirk Wheel to the Kelpies and back again making music over the course of the weekend.

History and Heritage (9-15th August)

Monday 9th August

13:30pm (Lock 16)

Keep Scotland Beautiful – Tale of Two Canals – Guided Walking Tour

For over 200 years, the Union Canal joined with the Forth & Clyde Canal through a flight of eleven locks. Join this guided walk from Lock 16 to the Union Canal and retrace the history of our local canals.

Book here

 

Wednesday 11th August

Various times (Falkirk Wheel and Helix)

Unusual Tour guides (Walkabout Theatre)

Join our unusual tour guides for a whimsical walk along the canal. Experts in the canal’s wildlife and history – both real & imaginary – they weave fascinating stories for all the family to enjoy. Walks will last 30-40 minutes.

Book here for tours starting at The Falkirk Wheel

Book here for tours starting at The Helix

 

Thursday 12th August

Various times (Falkirk Wheel and Helix)

Unusual Tour guides (Walkabout Theatre)

Join our unusual tour guides for a whimsical walk along the canal. Experts in the canal’s wildlife and history – both real & imaginary – they weave fascinating stories for all the family to enjoy. Walks will last 30-40 minutes.

Book here for tours starting at The Falkirk Wheel

Book here for tours starting at The Helix

 

Friday 13th August

Various times (Falkirk Wheel)

Archeology Scotland Workshops

Calling out to all aspiring archaeologists. Archaeology Scotland will provide a hands-on introduction to archaeological excavation . Come over to the Falkirk Wheel to take part in a mock mini dig, complete test pit recording sheets, sort and record finds and think about the stories behind the objects.

Book here

 

Saturday 14th August

14:00 – 15:00 (Kelpie Plaza)

Foraging for Colour: Plants, Paints and Natural Pigments

Guided walk and workshop to learn how to make your own paints, inks, and dyes from foraged plants and trees right on your doorstep!

Book here

 

Various times (Kelpie Plaza, Falkirk Wheel)

History Matters – Pop up performances

Costumed interpreters dressed as characters from the history of the Forth and Clyde canal, share canal stories and engage the canal visitors with their playful acts. Come and meet Thomas Dundas, a bargee girl and a navvy.

 

10:00 – 16:00 (Kelpie Plaza)

Great Plaza Pop-up

Pop up gazebo drop in with stalls from Central Scotland Family History Society.

 

11:00 – 16:00

Froglife – Mapestry

Drop by and contribute your ideas to a “mapestry” of our local heritage! Textile artist Maija Nygren will be on hand for this creative project from Froglife, working to bring together a unique interpretation of our area.

 

Sunday 15th August

Various times (Kelpie Plaza, Falkirk Wheel)

History Matters – Pop up performances

Costumed interpreters dressed as characters from the history of the Forth and Clyde canal, share canal stories and engage the canal visitors with their playful acts. Come and meet Thomas Dundas, a bargee girl and a navvy.

 

10:00 – 16:00 (Kelpie Plaza)

Great Plaza Pop-up

Pop up gazebo drop in with stalls from Great Place.

Cycling Week (16-22nd August)

Wednesday 18th August

10:00 – 12:00 (Kelpie Plaza)

Cycling without Age

Unveiling the names of the two trishaws based at the Helix for organised rides, by Cycling Without Age. Group ride with 10 trishaws from the Kelpies to the Falkirk Wheel.

Timetable:

10am – Falkirk Stadium load trishaws
10:30am – Arrive on Kelpie Plaza
10:35am – Pictures
10:45am – Set off along canal

 

Friday 20th August

16:00 & 17:30 (Kelpie Plaza)

Forth Bikes – Bike rides

Organised rides with electric bikes provided for free by Forth Bikes.

The rides will follow a 10-miles route (Wheel – Kelpies – Callendar Park – Wheel)

Book here

 

Saturday 21st August

14:00 – 15:00 (Kelpie Plaza)

Foraging for Colour: Plants, Paints and Natural Pigments

Guided walk and workshop to learn how to make your own paints, inks, and dyes from foraged plants and trees right on your doorstep!

Book here

 

Time TBC (Kelpie Plaza)

Todd Various Performances

Come over and meet the incredible Todd Various, a fine stunt penny farthing cyclist and street performer, that will entertain you with his tricks and banter.

 

10:00 – 16:00 (The Falkirk Wheel)

Forth e-bikes pop-up stall

Find out more about Scotland’s largest electric bike share scheme. Forth Bikes has a fleet of 144 bikes, spread out across numerous stations in the Forth Valley region, 10 of which are located in the Falkirk district.

 

10:00 – 14:00 (Kelpie Plaza)

The Cycling Scientist (Dr. Bike)

The Cycling Scientist is a pop up bike clinic. Come and get your bike checked.

 

Sunday 22nd August

10:00 – 16:00 (Kelpie Plaza)

Forth e-bikes pop-up stall

Find out more about Scotland’s largest electric bike share scheme. Forth Bikes has a fleet of 144 bikes, spread out across numerous stations in the Forth Valley region, 10 of which are located in the Falkirk district.

 

12:00 – 16:00 (The Falkirk Wheel)

The Cycling Scientist (Dr. Bike)

The Cycling Scientist is a pop up bike clinic. Come and get your bike checked.

Wildlife and Environment (23-29th August)

Wednesday 25th August

10:00 – 12:00 (Kelpie Plaza)

Scottish Wildlife Trust (Guided Walk and drawing workshop)

Join the Scottish Wildlife Trust Rangers from Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre for a leisurely guided walk along the Forth & Clyde canal at the Helix, followed by an art workshop led by local artist Carolyn Fraser. We will discover the plants, insects and birds which call the canal home, and then create our own artworks, inspired by the natural wonders of the canal. We will then join these together to create one large, collaborative artwork which will be displayed in the Jupiter visitor centre. £8.98 per person. All materials will be provided

Book here

 

10:00 – 14:00 (Dorrator Bridge Car Park)

Falkirk Rangers Guided Walking Tour – Dorrator Loop

Come along and discover this hidden gem of a circular route close to town with the Falkirk Rangers as your guide. The walk begins at Dorrator Bridge and follows the paths through Mungal onto the riverside path in Abbotshaugh and Cobblebrae, all the way to the Kelpies and Helix park. After a short stop off for refreshments we head onto the Forth and Clyde canal back to Camelon and our start point.

Book here

 

14:00 – 16:00

Braveheart (Guided Walks)

Two guided walks (one 4 and one 3 miles long), in a very relaxed and friendly environment, that will take you down the Forth and Clyde canal.

Book via email – eva.finlayson@nhs.scot

 

Friday 27th August

Various times (Falkirk Wheel)

Keep Scotland Beautiful – Boat Building Recycling Crafts

Keep Scotland Beautiful – Robot Pirate Boat

Litter-eating ghost ships will be plundering the waterways in the Falkirk Wheel to stop littered items from getting out to the River Forth and into the sea. Capture the remote control and commandeer the ship from the tow path.

Book here

 

Saturday 28th August

Various times (Falkirk Wheel)

Keep Scotland Beautiful – Boat Building Recycling Crafts

Keep Scotland Beautiful – Robot Pirate Boat

Litter-eating ghost ships will be plundering the waterways in the Falkirk Wheel to stop littered items from getting out to the River Forth and into the sea. Capture the remote control and commandeer the ship from the tow path.

Book now

 

14:00 – 15:00 (Kelpie Plaza)

Foraging for Colour: Plants, Paints and Natural Pigments

Guided walk and workshop to learn how to make your own paints, inks, and dyes from foraged plants and trees right on your doorstep!

Book here

 

10:00 – 16:00 (Kelpie Plaza)

Yulia Kovonova Pop-up Workshop

Look up! As you walk the canal trail you will spot colourful artworks by Yulia Kovanova and Lars Koens. Celebrating the rich ecology of our canal they have chosen 20 visiting bird species, often glimpsed only fleetingly, to highlight in a series of abstract sculptures in trees along the canal banks. Use the colours and shapes of the installations to guess which birds they represent!

 

10:00 – 16:00 (Kelpie Plaza)

RSPB pop-up stall

Learn more about Scotland’s birdlife, how you can monitor and protect it, and take part in fun activities

 

10:00 – 16:00 (Kelpie Plaza)

Scottish Wildlife Trust

Find out about Scottish Wildlife Trust’s wildlife reserves in the Falkirk area (Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre, Carron Dams, Carron Glen and Bo’mains Meadow) and how you can get protect Scotland’s wildlife.

 

Sunday 29th August

10:00 – 16:00 (Falkirk Wheel)

Scottish Wildlife Trust

Find out about SWT’s wildlife reserves in the Falkirk area (Carron Dams, Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre and Bo’mains Meadow) and how you can get protect Scotland’s wildlife

 

10:00 – 16:00 (Falkirk Wheel)

Braveheart pop-up stall

Braveheart offers a range of free health related activities to support people to live healthier lives.
Braveheart groups give you the chance to take time out to look after your health, and have some fun along the way in a social group.

 

10:00 – 16:00 (Falkirk Wheel)

Froglife pop-up stall (Pond Doctor)

This is the place to go if you have any questions about the canal wildlife and ecosystems. The pond doctor will answer happily all of your questions and will initiate you to the magnificent world of fish and pond minibeasties.