Visitors Flock to Roadford for 10th Birthday Celebrations



Leading local charity South West Lakes Trust was joined by hundreds of people at Roadford Lake on Sunday (5 July), for a whole day of festivities, celebrating 10 years of the Lakeside Function Suite and Visitor Centre.

Launceston Mayor and Moyoress, Councillor Brian Hogan and Anita White joined local Parish Councillors, South West Lakes Trust employees, Trustees and Friends for a small gathering where Lakes Trust Chairman, David Robertson praised the team at Roadford. David explained that the site has three times gained a Gold Green Tourism Business Scheme Award and that it also shares in the success of South West Lakes Trust’s coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise, in the Sustainable Development category.


David said, “Being Chairman brings me into contact with some remarkable people and today I’d like to pay tribute to our Lakeside Manager, Donna Saunders, who is so talented and a great motivator of employees and volunteers. In two years, she’s built a great network of contacts, raised the profile of our centre here and puts all her energies into providing superb service, whether it is a wedding, conference, carvery or children’s entertainment. Thank you to you and your team and well done!”

There was something for everyone at the Celebration Day, with the Trust’s environmental, educational and recreational themes firmly on show. Even the spectacularly heavy showers, thunder and lightning didn’t put people off making the most of all the activities available throughout the day.

Visitors to the site were able to experience activities both on and off the water including sailing, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, water zorbing, windsurfing, high ropes, archery, bushcraft and fishing taster sessions. South West Water’s tours of the dam also proved extremely popular and those who completed the 170 step climb to the top of the valve tower received a certificate.

Exhibitors were kept busy with a steady stream of visitors and there was a chance to get close to the Collytown Therapy Ponies and some owls from Screech Owl Sanctuary. The Roadford Fly Dresses Guild gave fly tying demonstrations and a ‘Wheelyboat’ took people of all abilities around the lake for some rare views from the water. Visitors to the site also had the opportunity to explore the site by bike, with hire provided by Cornish Cycle Hire.

For the little ones there was face painting and giant games provided by Heart FM, a bouncy castle and entertainment from Entertainingly Different Rob Pudner and Hanky Mouse. Music was also provided by Ashwater Community Steel Band.

The next event to take place at Roadford will be Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s performance of ‘The Jungle Book’ on 26 August. Tickets are on sale now. For more information call 01566 784859, email or visit