The popular mediaeval village at Cosmeston Country Park will be closed to visitors today (Tuesday August 30th) and tomorrow because a film company has hired the location for a horror-movie shoot.
The rest of Cosmeston Country Park will be open as usual – it’s just the mediaeval village which will be out-of-bounds to visitors for two days.
The movie is a zombie thriller called “Knights of the Damned” – so anyone of a nervous disposition might be well-advised to steer clear of the location anyway.
Meanwhile there is another mystery, of sorts, at Cosmeston – the ‘Mystery of the Missing Bus Passengers’ .
The latest figures from Cardiff Bus for their summertime weekend No 91 service – which runs from Cosmeston Country Park to Cardiff via Penarth Esplanade, Penarth Town Centre and the Marina – show that not a single passenger has boarded the bus at Cosmeston so far this year.
The No 91 Service runs on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays during the Summer months. However, from the start of operations this year, up until August 21st, no passengers at all commenced their journey at Cosmeston .
A total of 4,124 fare-paying passengers did board the service at other stops . The total of “concessionary trips” ( for qualifying passengers and pensioners) was 2,082 .
Only 41 passengers hopped aboard at Penarth Barrage (the stop is on the Custom House roundabout) whereas 694 boarded in Penarth Town Centre and 1,130 boarded at Penarth Esplanade (although it isn’t clear in which direction they were travelling).
Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymoputh Ward), who is vice chair of the Penarth Tourist and Visitor Association, says “People generally go to Cosmeston to visit the lake and park and would not normally jump on a bus to go to Penarth or the Barrage.”
Cllr Ernest believes the uptake for the 91 Bus is low at Cardiff Barrage because there is no bus shelter with livery at the location to “ really promote the service” . He points out there is only a “pole stop with timetable outside El Puerto’s“.
Another factor, he says, is that people walking the barrage generally have children or dogs with them and are, more than likely, to be visiting the barrage and play area and not necessarily intending to extend their visit to Penarth and Cosmeston.