Puffing a-Wey is a National Trust/ SBA joint project but we bring our boats to Dapdune Wharf in the centre of Guildford as guests of NT who own the waterway and issue licenses - but for this weekend none is required! This event last year gave the NT their best attendance at Dapdune, so they like us there!
It costs us *nothing* to attend. The NT provide superb car parking and secure trailer storage, a great slip and a lovely setting with camping if we so desire. Who could ask for more? The one thing they ask is that we be prepared, if people are interested, to take people out for a short puff on the river on the Saturday. That has been pattern in past years and seems to work well.
On the Saturday night we pile the NT staff aboard our boats for an early evening cruise and on return a very nice BBQ will be provided for which we make the only charge of the weekend. It's a very lovely setting to sit and eat by the waterside and we usually have music (of a sort) laid on for those who appreciate that sort of diversion as well! Expecting some jazz piano this year among other things!
The Sunday is ours to enjoy. We can arrive from Friday am, or Thurs if that's easier for you, and since Dapdune Wharf is slap in the middle of Guildford there's no problem with finding eating places and the town has many hotels. There may be a no-cost bed at Chez Rudall in Farnborough if you move fast!
The slip at Dapdune will handle the NT's two 36' electric trip boats so it's fine for us and there are nice loos. Programme, therefore, is very casual...
Friday: arrive, launch, explore... No formal cateringSaturday: be in steam for 10-12 and be around not too far from the wharf to provide an extra attraction for NT guests. Take a break for a long lunch and guests are around 2-4. Be prepared to take people a puff round and enthuse about steamboats. Guests gone by 4.006.00pm - take out NT employees and their partners for a short early evening cruise and return for BBQ ca 7.30Sunday: do as you please and pull out as required.