Launched today (14th June 2011) at the Tithe Barn in Abergavenny the new Great Days Out series provides a comprehensive list of ideas for visitors to discover castles, churches, market places, shops, canals, mountains, the industrial past, places to eat and there’s even a vineyard thrown in for good measure!
Abergavenny and District Tourism Association (ADTA) have been working with the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority’s Collabor8 Project and Visit Wales to produce six “Great Days Out” to show visitors just how much there is to see and do in and around Abergavenny.
ADTA have also been working with Abergavenny Local History Society to produce a new leaflet called ‘Trails and Tales’ which is aimed at families. The new leaflets describes an hour long walk which leads people to discover interesting ceramic and stone plaques throughout the town which delve into Abergavenny’s unique history. There is also a quiz which children can do at the end of the walk and if they get all the answers they will be given a badge from the Abergavenny Tourist Information Centre.
Carol Williams, Tourism Growth Officer for Brecon Beacons National Park Authority said: “The Abergavenny Great Days Out leaflets have such a variety of things to do that it really does cover a broad range of tastes and age groups. By encouraging tourism businesses in and around Abergavenny to put these six Great Days Out on their websites we hope that visitors who are passing through Abergavenny will stay overnight so that they can explore the town. If we can encourage businesses to put these leaflets on their websites, when people go to search for places to visit or go on holiday they will see that Abergavenny is a great place to come, stay and experience a real sense of place. This is the first town to produce these type of leaflets and we hope that other towns like Talgarth, Crickhowell, Llandovery, Cwm Tawe will follow in the months to come.”
Gwenllian Jones, Chairman of Abergavenny and District Tourism Association said: “These new publications are fantastic to offer our local businesses to put on their websites. Visitors to Abergavenny will have so many options for things to do that they’ll increase the time they stay in the area. Our Tourist Information Centre staff also find it extremely useful when offering people information in Abergavenny.”
Abergavenny Great Days Out leaflets are now available from the Abergavenny Tourist Information Centre or downloadable as PDFs ready for the start of Summer from our website www.breconbeacons.org
Pictures: Copyright of Brecon Beacons National Park Authority
NOTES TO EDITORS
• Steam figures (2009) indicate that 74% of visitors to the National Park are day visitors.
• If you are a journalist writing a feature and would like to visit Brecon Beacons National Park or to obtain more press information and images, please contact Samantha Games, PR and Events Officer for Brecon Beacons National Park Authority on 01874 620 420 or email firstname.lastname@example.org For more information about Collabor8 contact Brecon Beacons National Park Authority’s Collabor8 Officer Nick Stewart on 01874 620490 or email@example.com
• The COLLABOR8 Project is 50% funded by the ERDF Interreg IVB North West Europe Programme. This partnership project involves nine different partners from Ireland, Wales, England, Netherlands and Belgium. It aims to actively involve clusters of small businesses in developing quality, sustainability and services that promote local ‘sense of place’. In this way each tourism cluster will be able to capitalise on the uniqueness of their regions to compete better in the EU and global markets.
• The partners involved in the COLLABOR8 project are: South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd. (IE) -(Lead Partner); DLG Government Service for Land and Water Management: Office of the National Project New Dutch Waterline Department (NL); Stichting Studio VMK (NL); Flemish Land Agency (BE); Tourism East Flanders (BE), Westcountry Rivers Trust (UK); South Downs National Park Authority (UK); Brecon Beacons National Park Authority (UK); and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council (UK).