Village website run by Visit Nunney to promote tourism, business, heritage and the arts, and updated daily by local volunteers.
Nunney Community Association
“The judges were hugely impressed by all you do. If there were Visit Nunneys everywhere there’s little doubt that tourism would be in a better condition than it is across the country.”
Robin Barker, South West Tourism Excellence Awards
“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
“Many a village website is dull as ditchwater and out of date. The Visit Nunney website is different. It’s fresh, lively and packed with all kinds of up to date news, pictures, useful information, reviews, fascinating and well-researched local history articles, things to do, Parish Council news, advertisements, a local calendar and loads more. It’s a real eye-opener.”
John Webb, Postlebury News
Our village website for Nunney in Somerset, England, is designed and maintained by Visit Nunney, an independent Community Interest Company that promotes tourism, business and the arts in Nunney.
We provide our service totally free of charge. We rely on donations and sales of The Nunney Collection of quality gifts inspired by Nunney Castle and village to cover the cost of printing tourist information brochures and other promotion materials.
We work closely with Nunney Community Association, Nunney Parish Council and other community groups, but Visit Nunney is totally unofficial and privately-run by local volunteers with busy full-time jobs that often take them away from the village.
“Visit Nunney means that we are simply the best-informed community in Somerset.”
Anonymous Nunney resident quoted by The Good Web Guide
“Since Visit Nunney was launched in 2009, it has continuously punched well above its weight.”
2016 Believe in Somerset Awards
The Good Web Guide Website of the Year interview
The Good Web Guide, the highly respected guide to innovation and excellence online, published an interview on running this village website with Visit Nunney’s founder and editor Adrie van der Luijt in August 2014.
Visit Nunney has since gone through to the final round of the Good Web Guide Website of the Year Awards 2014 in the category Information/News and again in 2015 in the category Charity/Social Enterprise, beating over 1,500 full-time staffed, big budget websites to the final round.
We are also nominated for 2018 UK Charity / Social Enterprise Website of the Year in the Good Web Guide Awards.
Since 1 September 2014, Visit Nunney is registered with Companies House as a Community Interest Company (Company No. 09197083), regulated by the Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies. This is a special type of limited company that exists to benefit the community rather than private shareholders.
A CIC is different from a not-for-profit organisation. We do make a profit on our commercial activities (sales of The Nunney Collection of quality gifts inspired by Nunney Castle and village), but profits are reinvested to achieve benefit for the community. This helps us raise funds from advertising and other activities to pay for materials to promote Nunney and local community groups.
Every penny we raise is regulated and any profits must by law be invested in our activities to support the community – guaranteed.
As well as running a village website, Visit Nunney helps local firms, events and activities with Marketing and PR support. This includes graphic design, social media marketing and hands-on, practical advice.
This is paid for out of public funding, grants, donations and sponsoring, and charged at cost – we do not charge for our time.
Our village website was recognised as a finalist for UK Website of Year in the 2014 and 2015 Good Web Guide Awards, as well as a Top 3 position for Community Support Business of the Year in the 2015 Mendip Business Awards.
Visit Nunney won Unsung Hero for Customer Service Excellence in the 2015-16 South West Tourism Awards.
In December 2016 Visit Nunney won the Leisure/Tourism category in the Believe in Somerset Awards, organised by Trinity Mirror Group (Western Daily Press, Western Gazette, Somerset Standard, Bath Chronicle, Wells/Shepton Mallet Journal).
“The exhibition on the history of Nunney church that Visit Nunney produced for us is a magnificent piece of work. It really could not be bettered.”
Ken Lloyd, Chairman, Friends of Nunney Church
“I want to express my very real gratitude to Visit Nunney for all the work that you have done, and are doing for the Friends of Nunney Church and also for the village. Your input is hugely appreciated and you have been immensely generous with posters, publicity and the exhibitions you have put on. Visit Nunney is doing an invaluable job and it is making a superb contribution to the village.”
Dr Mary Lynch-Staunton BEM, Friends of Nunney Church
What we do:
- this village website was launched in July 2009 and relaunched in its current format in March 2013; it had over 180,000 visits from over 66,000 unique visitors since the relaunch
- The Nunney Collection of quality gifts inspired by Nunney Castle and village, with proceeds of sales funding our community support activities.
- the @VisitNunney account on Twitter currently has over 4,800 followers (see the counter at the top of this page)
- the Visit Nunney group and Visit Nunney page on Facebook currently have over 1,350 followers in total
- Visit Nunney produces flyers, posters and brochures that are distributed to tourist information centres (TICs) in Frome, Wells and Shepton Mallet as well as to restaurants, hotels and B&Bs in the region.
- although Frome TIC is the nearest official tourist information centre, we receive and respond to hundreds of tourist enquiries about Nunney by telephone, email, on our website and on social media throughout the year
- PR and social media campaigns for Nunney Street Market and Fayre; this resulted in a double-page spread in The Times (“one of the village fêtes to be be seen at this summer”), an interview on Classic FM, a Things To Do partnership with the BBC and an estimated 10,000 visitors to the 2013 event (up 25% on 2012)
- Local history research and the production of articles and exhibitions on local history. Our research uncovered the receipt for the Nunney market charter granted by King Henry III in 1260, which formed an unidentified part of the Henry III Fine Rolls Project run by King’s College London and the National Archives. We were also able to deliver rare artefacts from the Roman villa at Whatley (now within Nunney’s parish boundaries) to the archaeologists at the Somerset County Archives.
Visit Nunney is an active member of the British Association for Local History, the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society and the Frome Society for Local Study.
“Very impressive website article. You have put a lot of work into it!”
(about “The Nunney Hoard”)
Dr Eleanor Ghey, curator British and Roman coins, British Museum
- design, production and sponsorship of rackcards promoting Nunney Castle and village; these are distributed free of charge to Tourist Information Centres in the region
- design, production and sponsorship of a poster campaign in aid of Nunney Church Raise the Roof Appeal
- design, production and marketing of four annual Visit Nunney charity calendars in aid of local charities and community activities, featuring work by local artists, old postcards and photos of Nunney community life throughout the year
- event management and publicity for the first annual Nunney Christmas Market at The George at Nunney
- design, production and sponsorship of five exhibitions:
- stands promoting Nunney at the 2012 and 2013 Nunney International Horse Trials and Frome Cheese Shows
- publicity for the temporary exhibitions in Nunney Church, including an interview with photographer Johnny Fenn on BBC Somerset’s Breakfast Show
- practical marketing support and sponsoring for Nunney First School’s open mornings, which are critical to future funding of staffing levels at the school.
- production of the Nunney Treasure Trail The Hunt for the Nunney Diamonds in association with Treasure Trails Somerset
- design and production of individual one-off books on Nunney as a leaving gift for members of Nunney Community Association
- applying for grants for community projects and entering competitions that benefit the local community, for example, in 2016 Visit Nunney won £1,000 in Christmas lights for Nunney in the Revive & Thrive Blachere UK Christmas Lights competition after a 10-minute presentation to the judges in Colchester.
Our village websites are totally unofficial, non-political and independent from Nunney Parish Council, Nunney Community Association or any other local organisation.
Visit Nunney is both publicly and privately funded by grants, donations, sponsoring, advertising and income from commercial activities, such as our popular Nunney Collection of quality gifts inspired by Nunney Castle and village. As a regulated CIC, by law we must put every penny profit back into our activities to promote tourism, local business and the arts in Nunney.
If you support our work on this village website or benefit from our activities, why not join other local firms and residents and financially support Visit Nunney’s work? You can make a donation or sponsor specific projects, such as brochures, marketing campaigns and exhibitions. Please contact us for details or click the button below to donate now using any major credit or debit card.
VisitNunney.com contains agendas and minutes of Nunney Parish Council by mutual agreement.
If you have any queries about our village website or any of Visit Nunney’s activities, please contact us using the form on this website or phone:
Somerset BA11 4LW
Phone 01373 836 949
Email [email protected]