Visit Nunney is co-ordinating a host of activities celebrating local tourism, heritage and business in Nunney during English Tourism Week 2015, 14 – 22 March.
English Tourism Week 2015 is a week-long celebration of events showcasing the quality and vibrancy of the visitor experiences and the value our industry brings to our nation.
The tourism sector touches everyone – visitors, residents and employees. It’s one of the few sectors active in every part of the country. It’s the third largest employer, every day supporting 2.6 million jobs and providing a significant source of employment for those unable to work full-time. It’s a major employer of school leavers and young people and is an incubator for entrepreneurs.
The visitor economy is worth £106bn a year to England supporting thousands of businesses and seriously impacting on the performance of supplier industries including farming, transport, retailing, sport, museums and galleries, the theatre and other performing arts. Tourism cannot be offshored – it only happens here!
Organised by Visit England, the 2015 English Tourism Week promises an exciting mix of events and activities taking place around the country, designed to involve local businesses, local communities and visitors to the area.
English Tourism Week provides you with a free marketing and communication “hook” to heighten awareness of your own activities.
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is to be Patron of English Tourism Week for the next 4 years.
ETW 2015 in Nunney
2015 is a critical year for local heritage and tourism in Nunney. The Roman villa at Whatley (now within the parish boundaries of Nunney) was placed on English Heritage’s ‘At Risk’ list; although not accessible for visitors, it is nevertheless part of our local heritage.
Other developments directly impact on local residents and visitors. First Group and Somerset County Council are currently in consultation over plans to withdraw funding for bus services through Nunney on Saturdays – including Nunney Fayre Day. If implemented, this would leave the village without public transport throughout the weekends and Bank Holidays – further reducing a vital service for residents, their visitors and tourists.
English Heritage is going through a turbulent reorganisation that poses a threat to visitor access and future maintenance of Nunney Castle. A new body, called Historic England, will face tough decisions on whether to offload responsibility for historic sites to hard-pushed local councils. Closing the castle to the public would mean a major blow for local tourism.
Originally built in the 12th century, Nunney Church is as important a monument as Nunney Castle and deserves to be preserved as such. For over 800 years Nunney villagers from knights to quarry workers have been baptised, married and buried in the church.
If you have not been inside the church recently, the temporary ceiling tiles have now been removed and the church looks transformed already. Over £170,000 has been raised so far, but even a compromise solution for a new ceiling would cost around £350,000.
In addition, around £50,000 is needed to improve heating and lighting, install toilets and make other improvements to make the church a more flexible space for villagers and visitors. As well as the exhibitions already taking place in the church (Nunney in the Middle Ages is open daily except during services at the moment), the church is used for concerts, talks, religious services and of course tea in church.
Visit Nunney wants to make the most of English Tourism Week 2015 to raise awareness among both residents and visitors of the important social and economic impact of tourism in Nunney, from providing jobs and helping to keep our pub and village shop open to how our buses are run, the number of teachers in our school and how we invest in the future of our local heritage.
Visit Nunney, now a registered and regulated community interest company (CIC), is keen to play a co-ordinating role in promoting the village as a great place to visit as well as a great place in which to live and work.
Activities planned to mark English Tourism Week in Nunney include:
- a reception for local businesses and community bodies at The George at Nunney;
- the official launch of the critical next stage of the Raise the Roof Appeal in aid of Nunney Church, with a new exhibition and fundraising materials designed to highlight the importance of safeguarding the future of local heritage and imaginative new ways to use the church as a community facility;
- guided walks of Nunney Castle and village on both weekends, Saturday and Sunday;
- coverage on the Visit Nunney website and social media for ETW 2015, local tourism and ‘made in Nunney’ products and services;
- a regional media campaign to ensure that ETW 2015 coverage includes Nunney;
- flags, banners, window decals etc to be displayed throughout the village to mark ETW 2015;
- a new flyer specifically designed to entice visitors to The Catch fish and chips to explore Nunney Castle and village (by kind permission of James Gage, the restaurant’s owner);
- a temporary promotion board for ‘hidden gem’ Nunney Castle to be placed off Nunney Catch roundabout for the duration of ETW 2015;
- the launch of a new trifold DL (99 x 210mm) tourist information brochure for Nunney, for distribution to tourist information centres (TICs), B&Bs etc in the region;
- a new audio tour for Nunney, to be sold complete with easy-to-use MP3 players in the SPAR village shop, The George at Nunney and during tea in church;
- a new mobile phone app for Nunney, available for download on iTunes and other mainstream stores and containing tourist information as well as a directory of local businesses and services.
English Tourism Week 2015 is a great opportunity to showcase the best Nunney has to offer. Get involved! Whether you run a local business or community group, make the most of ETW 2015 to help others discover you.
To kick off English Tourism Week 2015, Visit Nunney hosts a networking event at The George at Nunney on Saturday 10 March from 10am.
This event is generously sponsored by Stay at Penny’s Mill Luxury Bed & Breakfast in Nunney.
If you run a local business, organise events or are involved in community organisations, come along and
- meet the new Nunney Fayre co-ordinator
- hear the plans to mark the 40th Nunney Street Market and Fayre
- get the latest news from the Raise the Roof campaign
- discover the new exhibitions and marketing materials Visit Nunney is developing to promote tourism and local business in Nunney in 2015
- meet local businesses that already work with Visit Nunney to promote their products and services
RSVP If you would like to attend this free event, please call Jeremy on 01373 836 949 or email [email protected].
Naturally, we welcome any feedback or suggestions as well as ETW 2015 initiatives by local businesses and community groups. Visit Nunney now has over 3,250 followers on Twitter and a healthy online presence to promote any activities in the village throughout the year.
“Visit Nunney is a superb example to towns and villages across the UK wanting to improve and grow their presence online.” The Good Web Guide
Get in touch if you would like to get involved. More information about English Tourism Week 2015 is also available on the Visit England website.