The Trust has again run trips on its narrowboat to try to find Santa along the Wilts & Berks Canal at Kingshill Swindon. The trips were over the 8 weekend days in December, 4 trips per day. We were fully booked by early December.
The boat was decorated and our guests enjoyed mulled wine & mince pies for the adults , squash and sweets for the children. The task was for the children to spot Santa who then got on board laden with presents for them. A total of 351 people joined us.
During the period there were 2 charter trips, one for a 40th Birthday celebration and on another occasion, singers from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, enjoyed a company outing. We also ran successful trips on Boxing Day.
Proceeds were in aid of the Trust but more important many children, parents and grandparents now know about the Canal and the Trust in Swindon.
We would like to thank all of our volunteers who worked so hard in order that we were able to run 29 Santa Trips plus 2 charters during December. It is difficult to name those who helped or even the list of tasks they performed as someone is bound to be missed out. So many thanks if you helped and please pass this on to anyone who helped you but we were unaware of. We would like to thank all our suppliers, especially Muddy Waters for their books www.muddywaters.org.uk.
The photos that we have been sent by our passengers, showing happy faces, makes it all very worthwhile.
We also thank our passengers who joined us and those who were kind enough to send us the following comments
"I would just like to say what a wonderful time we had yesterday on the santa trip,..... and what a lovely santa my children loved it. Can I be cheeky and ask where you got your mulled wine from it was the best I have ever had. I will be definately booking again THANKYOU ALL SO MUCH" HS
"CAN'T THANK YOU ALL ENOUGH FOR A MAGICAL TIME"
Just got back from our trip to see Santa, what a fantastic time we had, so glad we booked it and definitely one to put on the calendar for next year, thank you to everyone for a wonderful time, keep up the good work" SG
"Many thanks for yet another fantastic Santa boat trip.
We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Father Christmas was fantastic with the children and their gifts were wonderful. "TC
"We had a lovely time, my daughter enjoyed it hugely, We will definitely be booking next year" VN
For details about the boats and the location see www.wbct.org.uk/boat-trips/schedule or visit our shop in Theatre Square Swindon. Contact