Zoom-in Talk:Discover Salford: Chapel St – University

Date: Wednesday 24th March 19:00 GMT

With Alexandra Fairclough, Green Badge Guide for the Bridgewater Canal

An entertaining and factual tour of the buildings people and places that make this globally important but often overlooked interesting city.

Grab yourself a coffee or tipple and sit comfortably in your favourite armchair. I will then step back in time to show you how our city evolved. Firstly it was a county which included the hamlet of Manchester, then it became the centre of the world.

Unfortunately it was then overtaken in prominence by the powerhouse we know as Manchester. Using maps and images, we will discover people and communities that created Salford and their achievements.

Starting at Greengage Square and travelling up the A6 we will look at Chapel Street and The Crescent and its environment. We’ll also take a peek at a few other important Salford landmarks too, including a glimpse of Worsley. 

Hopefully, afterwards you will look at the streets and buildings in a different light. I look forward to meeting you all online.

Cost: £5 plus booking fee


27th March The Water Road to Manchester – A Bridgewater Canal virtual tour

Booking Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/145545260793

Sat, 27 March 2021 16:00 – 17:00 GMT

The Bridgewater Canal in Salford contains the oldest and the youngest parts of the 39 miles of the UK’s first commercial canal.

Explore this five-mile stretch of history where we will learn about how the area embraced coal, cotton, Suffragettes, brilliant engineers (and their engineering – mostly but not always.)

See the Castle in the Air and a cathedral in miniature – and how this all came about because of a lovelorn nobleman and a very important wheel of Cheshire cheese.

Look out for ‘God forgotten’ Worsley, the church built to enlighten them, a lighthouse 30 miles from the sea and the world’s only swing aqueduct at Barton.

Tickets to America, ghost stories, royalty and the weight of the world all feature in this virtual tour by Elizabeth Charnley, Green Badge guide for the Bridgewater Canal in Salford.

17th March Zoom-in Talks – A History of GB by Nursery Rhymes

with Alexandra Fairclough, Green Badge Guide for the Bridgewater Canal

We all love nursery rhymes but do we understand the possible meanings behind them? Join me to explore the dark side of the nursery rhyme!

When? Wed, March 17, 2021 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM GMT

Every culture in the world has invented  songs and rhymes for its’ young.  Did you know they were a way of spreading news through a generally illiterate society much like social media were a method of gossiping too.

Of course the distinctive sing-song metre, tonality and rhythm that characterises ‘motherese’, has a proven evolutionary value and this is reflected in the very nature of nursery rhymes. Whilst we all know the benefits of nursery rhymes which includes emotional connections and language development do we really understand their possible meanings.  They tell us the history of our island through coded words. Its truly fascinating.

Join me, a former early years music practitioner, to learn the amazing histories and theories behind our great nursery rhymes.

This zoom talk is open to all regardless of age, geographic location, etc. and since it is an online/virtual event via Zoom you can connect from anywhere in the world.


Worsley Wonder 2021

The Bridgewater Canal Guides hope that you have all had a happy, safe and healthy Christmas.

It’s been a difficult year for everyone but we are hoping that our tours can carry on growing in 2021.

When government guidelines allow, we will run our Worsley Wonder tours on the first Saturday of the month in 2021. Small groups according to the latest guidelines whatever they may be, and of course social distancing always.

March and April’s tours will also sadly not go ahead, but please check back as we hope to be back up and running as soon as possible within government guidelines.

Why not check out one of our Online Talks?

Coal, Cotton and Canal Tour -COVID UPDATE

Event Postponement 07/11/2020

As the Government has advised that we are living in a second spike of Coronavirus [Covid-19], I have postponed the Coal, Cotton and Canal Tour at Lancashire Mining Museum scheduled for 07/11. Your ticket will be rolled over to a new date. This will be uploaded on the Bridgewater Guided Tours, Manchester Guided Tours webpages and my Eventbrite page as soon as government guidelines allow.

Event Cancellation
If the event can not be rescheduled, then you will be entitled to a full refund.
Thank you for bearing with me.

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7th November 2020 Start time 1pm

Join me for a fun and factual walk exploring the secrets of the past of the Bridgewater Canal and its villages inc Astley Green and Chat Moss.
At Astley Green, we will walk through the village and there will be opportunity to look around the museum, see the last Pit Head Gear of the Lancashire Coalfield and take a break in the museum cafe​.
Using maps and visual aids, we’ll take a look at the village and hear its history. We’ll learn about nearby treasure hoards, headless bodies, skulls of martyrs, mining disasters and the Miners Cathedral.

We also explore the impact that the canal, coal and cotton had on local men women and children.

This tour will be approximately 2 miles and will take 1.5-2 hours.

On the day of your tour: Please arrive at the meeting place 10 minutes before the start of the tour.

Meetat gates of Lancashire Mining Museum

Astley Green Colliery M29 7JB

Booking and Cancellations:

Tour Tickets £12 per person which includes the booking fee. You are advised to buy tickets in advance as tours will not go ahead without minimum booking numbers for safety reasons.

Worsley Wonder Tour

Alexa Fairclough Monument Worsley

Event Cancelled 07/11/2020

As the Government has advised that we are living in a second spike of Coronavirus [Covid-19] our Worsley Wonder Tour for November has unfortunately been cancelled.

All those booked have been contacted and given the option to defer to another date or cancel and refund. If for some reason you have not received this, please contact us and we can arrange this for you.


We hope that the December tour will be allowed to run however we will follow government guidelines as the stand in December.

Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe.

Join our regular tours of Worsley by fully qualified Green Badge guides for the Bridgewater Canal in Salford

Next Tour: Saturday 7th November 2020

11am Meet outside the Delph Bar & Restaurant

Booking recommended.


Can’t make it in November? Don’t worry there’s always December!

Saturday 5th December 2020