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Free Christmas parking in Eden

Free Christmas parking in Eden

Free parking on Saturdays in the run up to Christmas starts this week in Penrith and Appleby.

Shoppers and visitors are being given the seasonal boost by Eden District Council for its off-street car parks during the run up to Christmas.

The free parking will be available all day this Saturday in time for the Appleby and Penrith Sparkle Day events and will continue during December up to Christmas on the 7th, 14th and 21st.

The Penrith car parks covered are:

  • Bluebell Lane
  • Drovers Lane
  • Mansion House
  • Princes Street
  • Sandgate
  • Town Hall

And in Appleby the Broad Close car park will also be free.

Yvonne Wells, Economic Development Support Officer with Eden District Council said: “We hope that by offering free parking in the Council’s off-street car parks during this busy period we can do our bit to encourage people to shop local this Christmas.

“It is our way of supporting local businesses and the vitality of our town centres in the run up to Christmas with an extra incentive for people to explore the excellent retail and food offer in our towns.”

Lonely Planet Ambassador praises Cumbria’s car-free transport offering

Lonely Planet Ambassador praises  Cumbria’s car-free transport offering

You can see Chloe’s video on her Facebook page and find all of Chloe’s social media links via her blog.

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Charity Christmas cards sail away at Eden’s TICs

Charity Christmas cards sail away at Eden’s TICs

Father and Mrs Christmas took to the water of one of England’s most beautiful lakes - Ullswater - to help promote the launch of Cards for Good Causes (CFGC) Christmas Card shops around Eden.

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Be part of Pooley 'New' Bridge for posterity!

Be part of Pooley 'New' Bridge for posterity!

As work progresses apace on Pooley ‘New’ Bridge, a lovely new initiative is poised for launch: members of the public can ‘buy’ part of Pooley ‘New’ Bridge for posterity in the form of an engraved stone paver.

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Tourism Summit addresses future challenges and sustainability opportunities to the visitor economy in Eden

Tourism Summit addresses future challenges and sustainability opportunities to the visitor economy in Eden

Eden’s tourism businesses embraced the challenges and opportunities facing a sustainable visitor destination at the eighth annual Eden Tourism Summit.

Delegates acknowledged the need to address sustainable issues and the importance of offsetting carbon emissions, at the event held at the North Lakes Hotel and Spa on Thursday 17 October.

The one-day event organised by Eden District Council’s Tourism Team on behalf of the Eden Tourism Network, brought together tourism businesses to enjoy a morning of exciting presentations and very lively debate in the afternoon workshops.

Jessica Goodfellow, joint Tourism Manager, commented: “We were delighted to give our businesses the opportunity to come together and actively participate in key issues affecting the visitor economy.”

Eden District Council Leader Virginia Taylor added: “The summit emphasised the importance of a sustainable tourism product and the need to encourage alternative transport options in the region.”
Eden Tourism Summit

During the course of the event, delegates positively confirmed their commitment to continue to grow an industry that in 2018 generated £365.4 million to the local economy and welcomed more than 5 million visitors.

Mike Innerdale, Director of National Trust (North Region), who opened the morning presentation session, spoke about rising to the challenges of creating a world class visitor experience and how the National Trust has adapted its core strategy to meet changing needs and opportunities at national, regional and local levels.

Anna Harris, Market Intelligence Consultant for VisitBritain, highlighted trends from the International Passenger Survey and commented: “It was a pleasure to present VisitBritain’s most recent research and insights at the annual Eden Tourism Summit and provide accurate market data to businesses, helping them plan their activity and drive the economic benefits of tourism in the locality.

“Not only was it a wonderful event but the surroundings made me want to stay longer, it’s no surprise Cumbria is such a popular destination.”

Helen Tate, Research Manager with Cumbria Tourism, gave the local picture for Cumbria and Eden from the latest visitor and occupancy surveys, and delegates received some background information about UKinbound Tourism from Nathan Alemany and enjoyed working through practical marketing plans.

Pamela Davidson, general manager at Hutton-in-the-Forest, said: “It has been really useful to catch up with people and network. It comes at a really good time of the year when we are all catching our breath after the summer.”

Following a business to business working lunch the afternoon workshops provided a platform for businesses to express their view points and raise questions. A lively and constructive debate was had by delegates attending the sustainability workshop.

Daniel Holder, owner of The Quiet Site, stated that going green made good business sense on a number of levels, and as well as reducing running costs it was “great at creating a brand which gives you something unique to promote and is also a great motivator with staff”.

Laura Short from CBEN provided delegates with some practical tips to utilise in their businesses.

Jim Walker, Chair of the Eden Tourism Network, summed up the event and closed the conference by commenting: “Never has there been a more important time for businesses to work closely in Eden to achieve success, both in becoming more environmentally and economically sustainable.

“The visitor economy is very strong in this district of Cumbria and everyone is very committed to seeing this continue, despite the range of challenges ahead.”

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Eden Tourism Summit comes at crucial time

Eden Tourism Summit comes at crucial time

Tourism businesses are being encouraged to explore the opportunities and challenges facing the visitor economy at this year’s Eden Tourism Summit.

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Alston Virtual Reality

Alston Virtual Reality

We have worked in partnership with the North Pennines AONB on a new digital visitor interpretation - the first time we have trialled this at an Eden visitor centre. A corner of Alston TIC has been dedicated to a display and an area where visitAlston VR Displayors can use headsets to experience the history of High Mill through a Virtual Reality experience which takes users through the centuries to the present day. 

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Calling all Photographers!

Calling all Photographers!

You may see your photos in print!

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Eden sees the biggest rise in tourism value for Cumbria in 2018

Eden winners at the 2019 Cumbria Tourism Awards

Eden winners at the 2019 Cumbria Tourism Awards

Congratulations to our Eden businesses who were winners at the 2019 Cumbria Tourism Awards last night (19 June).

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Tour of Britain returns to Cumbria for Stage Four

Tour of Britain returns to Cumbria for Stage Four

Stage 4 of the 2019 race will start in Gateshead and finish in Kendal on Tuesday 10 September.  The Stage 4 route will take the OVO Energy Tour of Britain through several western Yorkshire Dales communities in Cumbria for the first time, including Brough, Kirkby Stephen, Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale.

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