Sunday 19 March was the busiest day so far at Beacon Park Boats, with a few hundred visitors dropping by to look at our narrowboats, browse around the boathouse and enjoy tea and cake!
We opened our doors as part of the Canal & River Trust’s Open Day on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, and were delighted to welcome so many interested people. Some live locally but the majority had travelled to the canal and parked in our car park.
Visitors had the chance to see up close the canal re-lining work which the Canal & River Trust (CRT) has been undertaking during the winter. In fact, visitors were able to go down into the drained section of the canal just a short distance from our wharf, and walk along the new concrete lining.
There was a great deal of interest in the fact that we design and build our boats here at Llangattock. More of our staff were busy all day chatting to visitors inside the boathouse, where Puffin is undergoing maintenance and Wren is in the early stages of being built – in readiness for her launch in late May.
Visitors also enjoyed the horsebox studio provided by Arts Alive Wales, lime mortar demonstrations by Ty Mawr and exhibitions by Llangattock Woodland Community Group and CRT, all accessed by temporary bridges which had been built across the canal.
In spite of the weather being a little grey and blustery, the Open Day was a roaring success with 589 visitors – all counted by CRT. At least 20 people expressed an interest in becoming a Friend of CRT, which bodes well for the future of the Mon & Brec. The proceeds from selling our refreshments totalled £240, which has been split equally between the Monmouthshire, Brecon & Abergavenny Canals Trust and CRT. Well done everyone!
(Thanks to CRT for some of these photos.)