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Fellfoot Forward Landscape Partnership Scheme: Workshop for Tourism Businesses

Fellfoot Forward Landscape Partnership Scheme: Workshop for Tourism Businesses

We're delighted to be involved with the Fellfoot Forward Landscape Partnership Scheme project and upcoming workshop for Tourism Businesses on Tuesday 27th November 2018 11am to 3pm at The Heather Glen Country House, Ainstable Carlisle CA4 9QQ.

If you run a tourism business in the Fellfoot Forward area, work with visitors or have an interest in the visitor welcome and future visitor economy in the Fellfoot Forward area, come along and find out more about Fellfoot Forward.

An opportunity to discuss ways in which to sensitively support and develop the visitor offer in this beautiful part of the Eden Valley.

Speakers and representatives include:

  • North Pennines AONB Partnership 
  • Eden Tourism (Eden District Council) 
  • Carlisle City Council 

Free Event, lunch provided.

To book your free place, or to feed in ideas if you are unable to attend, please contact Fiona Knox, Development Officer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Tel: 01388 528801

Further information about the scheme can be found on the North Pennines AONB website or their Facebook page.

All aboard for Charity Christmas card sales at Eden Tourist Information Centres

All aboard for Charity Christmas card sales at Eden Tourist Information Centres

Father Christmas and Mrs Christmas found themselves transported back in time this week when they boarded a 1955 Leyland double decker bus to help deliver hundreds of Christmas cards and gifts to homes around Eden and the North Pennines.

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Brand new Visit Eden promotional video

Brand new Visit Eden promotional video

We have recently produced a brand new destination video showcasing just some of what Eden has to offer. 

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Summit addresses future challenges and opportunities for Eden’s visitor economy

Summit addresses future challenges and opportunities for Eden’s visitor economy

Eden’s Tourism Businesses embraced the challenges and opportunities facing a developing first class visitor destination at the seventh annual Eden Tourism Summit held at the Shap Wells Hotel on Wednesday 17 October 2018. The event also premiered the brand new Visit Eden promotional video which businesses will also be able to feature on their websites. 

Lord Thurso, Chairman of Visit Scotland, who opened the morning presentation session said: “I’ve very much enjoyed the Eden Tourism Summit and the opportunity to meet so many businesses across the tourism network. The destination has a fantastic offering showing continuing development and innovative ways of attracting visitors.” 

The one day event organised by Eden District Council’s tourism team on behalf of the Eden Tourism Network, brought together over 100 businesses to enjoy a morning of exciting presentations and very lively debate in the afternoon workshops. During the course of the event delegates positively confirmed their commitment to continue to grow an industry that in 2017 generated £336.6m to the local economy and welcomed 4.889m visitors. 

Lord Thurso, Chairman of Visit Scotland spoke about the importance of rural destinations and their vital contribution to the visitor economy and The Director of the Tourism Alliance, Kurt Janson gave great insight into tourism policy at governmental level. 

Deirdre Wells OBE, was delighted to come to Eden to address delegates and, spoke about the huge opportunities which stunning rural locations like the Lake District have to increase the economic impact of tourism.

Deirdre said: “Working in partnership with organisations across the UK will be key in ensuring that we can continue to drive tourism growth, in an ever more competitive environment.” 

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Tourism Summit to debate Brexit challenges and opportunities from Chinese visitor market

Tourism Summit to debate Brexit challenges and opportunities from Chinese visitor market

The challenges of Brexit and the opportunities to attract more visitors from China to the area are just some of the topics to be debated at this year’s Eden Tourism Summit being held at Shap Wells Hotel on Wednesday 17 October from 10.15am to 4pm.

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Orton to celebrate its 200th Farmers’ Market in September

Orton to celebrate its 200th Farmers’ Market in September

Saturday 8 September 2018 will see the 200th Farmers’ Market in Orton, Cumbria.  It was established early in 2001 and is one of very few FARMA registered Farmers’ Markets in the region.  

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Beneath the Beacon Automaton Alphabet comes to Cumbria this Summer

Beneath the Beacon Automaton Alphabet comes to Cumbria this Summer

An amazing collection of mechanical sculptures is coming to Penrith, Cumbria this summer, telling the stories of famous and overlooked characters. 

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More treasure for Penrith and Eden Museum

More treasure for Penrith and Eden Museum

New finds from the Eden area discovered with metal detectors and declared treasure under the Treasure Act (1996) are now on display at Penrith and Eden Museum in Middlegate. They were all independently valued by the Valuation Court which sits at the British Museum. The Friends of the Museum bought a Charles 1st medallion from Kirkby Stephen dating to between AD 1640-1675 and valued at £200.  It features a portrait of the King and the reverse depicts a crowned Royal Stuart coat of arms surrounded by the Garter.  It was probably worn to demonstrate Royalist allegiance during the English Civil War or Interregnum. 

The Friends also purchased a medieval coin hoard of ten silver coins from Crosby Ravensworth valued at £404. The coins consist of pennies of the reigns of Edward I (1272-1307) and Alexander III of Scotland (1249-1286) the latter of which are common finds in hoards of the time as both currencies were freely interchangeable. The coins were found in a straight line over a distance of 6-10m among rocks and crevasses and it is likely these were an accidental loss from someone’s pocket. The face value of the hoard is 10d with a purchasing power of about £17.60p in today’s money. 

A gold and amethyst gemstone ring from Waitby has also been bought by the museum for half the valuation price. Under the provisions of the Act the finder, tenant and/or landowner are entitled to share the reward. In this case the landowner waived the right, allowing the museum to acquire it for £300.  The ring dates from the 13th to 14th century AD, has a simple plain band of undecorated gold for the hoop (roughly oval-D-shaped in cross-section), with a stepped and bevelled rectangular gold bezel mounted with the amethyst. 

Curator Dr. Sydney Chapman says “They add to a series of finds that have been acquired by the Museum in recent years under the provisions of the Act and through the Portable Antiquities Scheme which allows museums with Accredited status to have first option to acquire material declared Treasure by the Coroner. Again the Museum is indebted to the Friends of Penrith and Eden Museum for their continuing financial support in helping to preserve our local heritage.”

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History comes to life at the launch of the Eden heritage Trails

History comes to life at the launch of the Eden heritage Trails

A brand new set of heritage trails are now available to both visitors and locals. These new trails covering most of Eden highlight the rich and diverse heritage of our area in an easy to use, colourful style. The free leaflets are accompanied by a heritage trail app and display boards at Alston, Appleby, Kirkby Stephen and Penrith information centres.

Costumed characters, courtesy of Penrith Players, Richard III, Lady Anne Clifford, Michael Faraday and John Smeaton welcomed guests to the launch event at the beautiful setting of Brougham Castle.

Jim Walker, Chair of the Eden Tourism Network commented,“Eden is extremely rich in heritage assets yet without meaningful interpretation and informed marketing these can be easily overlooked and their potential to inspire and enthral people remain unrealised. This exciting partnership between Historic England, Eden Council and local heritage attractions has worked hard to enable visitors and local residents to better understand the heritage of the area and as a result create great days out and rewarding holidays, while at the same time helping to support and contribute to the future care of the attractions themselves for the benefit of successive generations. I am really looking forward to seeing the positive impact of this work.”

The Eden Heritage Project comprises 4 trail leaflets covering Eden’s main towns and surrounding areas, which present a fascinating insight into the area’s rich historical legacy. Each guide brings history to life, guiding the visitor on a journey of discovery to Eden’s historical castles, houses, churches and buildings. Visitors will be able to obtain the guides from Tourist Information Centres across Eden including Alston, Appleby in Westmorland, Kirkby Stephen and Penrith.

A brand new app will also enable the public to explore Eden’s main heritage sites at their leisure via smart phones and tablets.  Users of the app will be able to see what sites they are nearest too along with getting travel directions and information on what facilities are available at each site.

Copies of the leaflets are available to download from the Eden Heritage Trails section of our website as well as access to the free heritage trail app.

This has been a two year project which would not have been possible without the funding support received from Historic England North West.  

Charles Smith from Historic England added “Historic England is delighted to have worked in partnership with Eden Tourism to deliver this exciting project. The new heritage trails will give both residents and visitors greater access to the fascinating history to be found in this beautiful part of Cumbria, embracing modern technology to bring historic places to life.”

Visitors already contribute over £336m to the local economy and tourism activity continues to employ an increasing number of employees on an annual basis. Last year Eden welcomed 4.9 million visitors an increase of 4.6% on the previous  year. “We are hopeful that this new initiative will help to continue to grow the volume and value of tourism in the Eden district” commented Jessica Goodfellow, Eden Tourism Manager.

Research figures Source STEAM 2017

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The Dalemain Loop Opens: the official extension to the Ullswater Way

The Dalemain Loop Opens: the official extension to the Ullswater Way

Following the fantastic success of the ‘Ullswater Way’ footpath around the shores of Lake Ullswater, the Lake District National Park and Dalemain Estates are delighted to announce the official new ‘loop’ extension, ‘The Four Bears Marmalade March.’ At approximately 5 miles, the new route offers walkers the chance to enjoy different features of the Ullswater Valley.

The Dalemain loop can be started from Pooley Bridge or Dalemain Mansion and allows visitors to travel on foot along the banks of the River Eamont. The route leads walkers through historic pasture lands and the charming village of Dacre, which boasts a castle, an ancient church with mysterious stone ‘bears’, and the Horse and Farrier Inn.

The Dalemain Loop has been clearly signposted with Ullswater Way Loop markers and uses Public Right of Ways and quiet roads. It is included in the Ullswater Map and Visitors Guide, available at Tourist Information Centres and attractions throughout Cumbria, and is available for free on the Ullswater ‘Steamers’ app. An illustrated account of the walk can also be found in the Official Guide to the Ullswater Way, written by Mark Richards, with £1 for every copy sold donated to the National Park to keep the Way in good repair.

Suzy Hankin of the National Park says: ‘The Dalemain Loop builds on the success of the Ullswater Way in getting people out of their cars and experiencing the beautiful Ullswater Way on foot, this time encouraging people to explore the wonderful House and Gardens at Dalemain and the historic village of Dacre. It’s a great excuse to get out and enjoy the Ullswater Valley this summer.’

Florence Lindeman of Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens says ‘The Dalemain Loop will enable walkers to connect to the beautiful Ullswater Way, providing a lovely walk from the Mansion to Pooley Bridge, the Ullswater Steamers and Dacre.’

The creators of the Dalemain loop hope that visitors will enjoy the history and tranquillity of the new walk, and that it will encourage both locals and tourists to explore this beautiful valley further.

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The Great Gable war memorial of the Fell and Rock Climbing Club comes to Penrith

The Great Gable war memorial of the Fell and Rock Climbing Club comes to Penrith

‘So many dreams and hopes of future exploration in the mountains and on the crags destroyed. Their legacy is in the freedom we have to follow our dreams and the opportunity to fulfil our hopes.’ The Fell and Rock Climbing Club (FRCC) President, John M Barrett.  

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