IT WAS the colourful dragon boats that spearheaded return of boat hire and cruises to Evesham.
The green and red dragon pedalos have become particularly popular with DIY boating locals and tourists who have been queuing up by the Avon.
Avon National Trust
Cruises on board Easy Tiger have also been a big hit thanks to Avon Navigation Trust (ANT) and Wychavon District Council working in partnership to bring back pleasure boating.
ANT has engaged delivery partners Bonkers Activities and Severn Leisure to operate from the Abbey Park and Workman Gardens’ moorings, with Clive, Chief Executive of ANT remarking:
“The Trust is very happy to support our river users and towns, which are promoting the river for the benefit of both communities and visitors, which has launched the William James mobile River Avon Welcome Centre and has sited its youth and volunteering flagship Neptune in Evesham.
“We have had such a lot of positive feedback from people who are delighted to be able to enjoy being on the river as part of their day out.”
Evesham Mayor and father of three, Councillor Mark Goodge, relates his family is amongst those loving being able to mess about on the river:
“As a riverside town, the Avon is a really important part of our leisure industry and economy and it’s great to see people enjoying the river again at weekends and in school holidays.”
Mark Goodge who is pictured on board one of the colourful dragons with his children Ellie, aged 15, Abigail, 12 and three years old Nathanial, says the initiative is a roaring success.
12 seater trips
Severn Leisure’s 12 seater Easy Tiger offers 45-60 minute trips on a first-come first-served basis from Hampton Ferry and Abbey Park.
Bonkers’ Evesham Dragon Watersports team is hiring out pedalos, paddle-boards and katakanus with more activities planned.