Hello everyone. Sorry it’s been a long time since our last blog but the business has grown from strength to strength with a key market opening up for us. The initial idea was to attract tour groups to the area to enjoy our scenic float tours. Although we have gained some of the business from coach tour companies it’s the schools that have seen just as much merit in taking part.
You have to remember the scenic float tour has been exactly that, a scenic float tour, but the demand over the last 4 years for ‘factoids’ along the trip has been ever present and that’s where school teachers have seen our potential.
The trip lasts one hour on the Severn river through Ironbridge for students and the general public. We start at the Museum of the Gorge at the Coalbrookdale side floating alongside the Wharfage where all the loading of the old style trows (vessels) for their epic trip to Bristol took place. Luckily we do not go that far but float down to the iconic Iron Bridge with it’s £3.6 million renovation, past the famous Rodgers family coracle shed, through the narrows, past bedlam furnaces, under the new bridge and into the beautiful village of Jackfield.
There’s really not enough time to go through such history of the birthplace of the industrial revolution with a fine tooth comb on the largest rafts in the UK. The unique trip the students experience alongside all the information we relay of the history and geographical rivers (deposition, erosion, etc) is plenty for the students to absorb.
Our guides are always pleased to see so many questions from the students and the feedback from the teachers has been very positive in their choice to return each year.
Schools have been coming back for the last 4 years and each year we add more schools to the list. It’s a great way to learn plus having fun along the way. The teachers earn brownie points from the students for getting them on the water too!
Thanks for reading and see you next time.