About Us

The Festival is organised by the Heulwen Trust which ios a charity formed in 1985. The festival is our main fund raising activity.  We use the profits from the SFestival to bring enjoyment and pleasure to people who are less abled than most by providing trips along the Montgomery Canal. These trips are completely free of charge, and to date tens of thousands of people, of all ages, have been able to take advantage of the Trust’s facilities.

We operate two narrow boats, the newest being launched in June 2009. Both are purpose-built to cater for the special needs of our passengers. Each boat is manned by a trained captain, and has catering and toilet facilities.

For more information on the Heulwen Trust’s work, see

It costs over £30,000 per year to run the boats, and our main source of funding is the annual Country & Western Music Festival. We strive to make each one the best ever, and incredibly 2017 will be the 30th show.

When the boats are not being used for people with disabilities we are now offer regular public trips along the canal over the weekend and on bank holidays.  Tickets can be bought in Welshpool from the Tourist Information Office, Church St SY21 7DD ( The TIC can be found beside the main car parks on the one way system  tel 01938 552043

We also offer private hire trips.  If interested in organising a trip for your friends please use the Contact us form.  Further details are available on the Heulwen Trust website

We are privileged that the Earl of Powis allows us the use of the Powis Castle Showfield. This is a truly stunning location, with spectacular views over the Severn Valley. It is within walking distance of Welshpool, a charming and traditional old market town which is known as The Gateway To Wales.


One of our guests enjoying a trip on Heulwen II

The cabin of Heulwen II

Welshpool Country & Western Music Festival 2022

The Festival is on-track to go ahead this year!

Welshpool Country Music Festival will be running July 15-17, the gates will be open at noon on the 14th and closed for noon 18th.