Our short season of weekend opening has drawn to a close. It has been great welcoming locals and visitors alike to our brand new Offa’s & Wat’s Dykes interpretive displays.
We look forward to seeing you in 2022, hopefully opening Easter (see below regartding repairs to the building) for a full season. Meanwhile we are still available for room hire and weddings. We are also fully equipped as a small conference venue with sound and projection facilities.
We are recruiting volunteers. Join us over the close season for socials, training, learning about our heritage and visits to other sites and attractions.
Preparations for opening in 2022
Visitors will have noticed that the adjoining public toilet block is closed and in September and October there were portable WCs outside at the front of the building. We need to explain that this situation is due to events beyond our control.
Firstly Knighton Town Council decided in January not to re-open the toilets and then in early August the slate boundary wall with our neighbours in the former primary school collapsed. We were also aware that the toilet block roof was in very poor condition. This long term problem had already been brought to the attention of our landlord, Powys County Council, and Knighton Town Council, who until recently managed the toilet block. In September the Town Council provided portable WCs for users of the park and in October we agreed to pay 50% of the hire cost for that month. Without access to a toilet we would have been unable to open.
The county is work-in-progress surveying the condition of the Offa’s Dyke Centre, the adjoining toilet block and slate boundary walls and we await their assessment of the work required to remedy the various problems. We have been informed that the next phase of the survey work is scheduled to start on 19th November.
We continue to have constructive talks with the county and look forward to agreeing a sensible arrangement for the Centre to have use of a toilet for its own customers. If we are to re-open at Easter, recruit staff, buy new stock and so on then it is clear that we need a green light that the building and its associated walls will be safe and fit for purpose. Powys County Council, our landlord, is responsible for finding the money to pay for the repairs. We will keep you informed on this page.
Offa’s Dyke Centre covid-19 rules
For the safety of everyone you are expected to comply with the following house rules:
- except when you are eating or drinking at a table, or unless you are exempt, wear a face mask or covering
- sanitise your hands every time you enter or re-enter the building
- sign the track and trace register or use the NHS covid-19 app
- maintain a 2 metre social distance
The Offa’s Dyke Association is a membership-based charity led by volunteer trustees
We are the friend’s group for both Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail and Offa’s Dyke the 8th Century monument. Founded in 1969 we promote and facilitate the general public’s understanding and appreciation of Offa’s Dyke, the National Trail and the landscape of the Welsh Marches. it also actively promotes and financially contributes towards its conservation. The Association is based at the Offa’s Dyke Centre in Knighton (postcode LD7 1EN; W3W walled.unity.apart) at roughly the half way point along the length of Dyke and Trail.
We do not receive any form of financial assistance from either national or local government towards the running the Centre. We do, however, pride ourselves on running a very professional visitor centre and museum and in 2021 we have a brand new exhibition, interpreting both Offa’s and Wat’s dykes. We are gradually expanding our wider education and community work. We are also in partnership with Cadw, Historic England and Shropshire County Council delivering the Offa’s Dyke Conservation Management Plan project. An initial three-year-funded project is about to start this autumn (2021).
This all takes time, willingly gifted by trustees and our volunteers, and we would like to do more but there is a limit to what we can do without help. So, if you are interested in lending a hand as a volunteer at the Centre or if you feel that you have skills useful to us as a trustee then please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
We sell guide books and maps both online and in the Centre together with an extensive range of quality giftware, and guests in our tea room, overlooking the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, will enjoy the best view in town. You can download our English pdf leaflet here, a gallwch lawrlwytho’r fersiwn Cymraeg yma.
Our invaluable accommodation listing, the Essential Guide to Walking Offa’s Dyke Path (formerly called the Where to Stay Guide is available in hard copy and as a pdf version. Both can be purchased from our on-line shop.
Join the Association
All interested individuals and organisations interested in the Welsh Border region are invited to join. Full membership is £20 a year for individuals or £25 a year for joint membership. Charity and community not-for-profit groups join for £20 per year. Every membership subscription supports our Offa’s Dyke Conservation Fund which helps to pay for practical conservation projects that promote the long term well being of the monument. If you would like a sample pdf copy of our Newsletter then please download our Winter 2019 edition here.
Advertise your business
If you provide services to Offa’s Dyke walkers, whether an accommodation business, pub, café, tea room, taxi firm or operate as a community not-for-profit business then we have a range of advertising options on our website, in our Essential Guide to walking Offa’s Dyke Path and our 3 x per year members’ Newsletter. Call 01547 528753 or email email@example.com for more information.