Offa’s Dyke Centre latest on repairs to the building

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

We are still available for one-off hire of the Centre, including for weddings.  We are now fully equipped as a small conference venue and the Centre is licensed for wedding and civil partnership ceremonies. 

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