Welsh Waterways Festival 2011 incorporated the 2011 IWA National Trail Boat Festival, Ynysarwed Farm, Abergarwed, Resolven SA11 4DD was held from 27th to 30th May 2011
The Welsh Waterways Festival 2011, incorporating the IWA National Trailboat Festival, was held on the Neath Canal at Ynysarwed Farm SA11 4DD on the B4242 one mile south of Resolven. The site was alongside the Neath Canal in a beautiful rural location on farmland where there has been a farm since the 17th century.
The festival hosted a number of attractions and activities including a display of vintage tractors, boat demonstrations, choral performances and band music. There were lots of activities for children. A choice of food and drink was available throughout the weekend. The weather let the well organised festival down with water everywhere but the canal side activities were a resounding success despite the torrential rain with both the trip boats sold out each day.
Visitors were able to walk the towpath or take a boat ride to enjoy this restored section of the canal. There was the longest single span aqueduct in the UK to cross and the new basin below the slipway where some of the boating activities took place plus the locks further down.
The new slipway at Ynysbwllog is where the trailboats were launched and the canal was navigable from the festival site to the shopping centre of Neath.
The refurbished Thomas Dadford, Neath & Tennant Canal Trust Trip Boat crossing the new Ynysbwllog aqueduct now the longest single span aqueduct in the UK