On this page you can make an on-line request to book one of our boats for a few hours, a morning or most of the day.
Please remember we exist to bring sunshine and smiles to vulnerable and less able adults and children; thus, all booking requests made by a less able (Vulnerable or Disabled) party will take preference over requests for a private (non Vulnerable or Disabled Party). Private bookings are welcome and undertaken to provide revenues to supplement the day to day costs of providing this primarily free service for which our boats are built and designed.
Before you request a booking, please read the Trips For The Less Able and Private Boat Hire pages. If you wish to make a booking for, or as, a less able (Vulnerable or Disabled) individual (ie just one less able person or child) you can book a (free) place on one of our weekend scheduled trips.
Using the online booking system.
If you want to book the whole of a boat for a trip, you will see to the right of the screen two monthly calendars showing the availability of each of our two boats; one calendar for Heulwen II and the other for Silver Lady Heulwen III. You will be able to see whether that boat is available (white), unavailable (orange) or tentative (blue). For a later month please use the arrow keys. The calendars are for availability and for booking. To make a request, simply click the date you want and fill out the form, the request is then sent to us for confirmation. We will contact you to discuss your needs and requirements.
Want to book to travel within the next 3 days?
You cannot book online to use our boats within the next 3 days due to organisational commitments of our volunteers. If you wish to book one of our boats with the intention of cruising within the next 3 days, please make a note of the date you want and then use the contact us page of the web page, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need to talk to us urgently, please telephone our booking secretary Jenny Maddox on 01938 554810 but please bear in mind she is one of our hard working and unpaid volunteers, so you may have to leave a message for her to respond when she is available.
Can anyone join in?
If you are an individual and want to join a scheduled trip from Welshpool town centre for the return two (plus) hour journey please contact the Welshpool Tourist Information Centre. Tel 01938 552043.
If you are interested in any other days when we are not scheduled to go, please request a booking via the calendars. We need a minimum of 8 people to express an interest and then we will see if we can organise a skipper and have a boat available.
When contacting us please use the details box in the submission form to send us details of your requirements.
Please tell us if your enquiry relates to a “disabled” trip (and, briefly, how you are less able) or private hire (the boats are highly unlikely to be bookable during a weekday before 4pm).
What will happen when I make an online request
You will receive an email to confirm your enquiry and then we will contact you to discuss your requirements and, if appropriate, to confirm your use of the boat as we will need to know when you want to start and how long you want your trip to last. Please do not assume that an indication by you of an interest in a particular date is a booking. It has to be confirmed by one of our team to ensure our team is able to receive you.
Finally, whilst the use of the boats for a disabled trip is without charge, you will appreciate that it is expensive to run the service we do. Any donation is therefore more than welcome but is entirely voluntary (and will not have any effect upon the acceptance of your booking) You can make a donation either by a direct donation to your Boatman or by post to the Treasurer of the Heulwen Trust, 10 Bryn Glas Welshpool SY21 7TL (please make cheques payable to the Heulwen Trust).
Organising food and refreshments
Our boats have a small kitchen with stove etc to enable you to heat or prepare food but don’t miss out on your voyage by spending too much time in the galley. We have a page dedicated to local services who can prepare and deliver food & refreshment to the boat either before you leave or during you voyage. Please take a look at our page entitled
If you want to make an enquiry about anything else, please use the form on the Contact Us page.