British Tourism Week started today with the official launch at the Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales – the home of this year’s Ryder Cup. Although officially running from 15 – 21 March, the annual British Tourism Week was heralded in by the illumination of Hadrian’s Wall on Saturday, 13 March.
This week-long campaign, now in its fourth year, seeks to raise local, regional and national awareness of the size, value and importance of Britain’s tourist industry – said to be worth a staggering £114.4bn to the UK economy and providing employment for 2.7 million people in 2007.
There’s a vast array of events taking place this week to celebrate British Tourism Week, far too many to mention here, however, here is a selection:
- The 17th Annual Preston Beer Festival – 18 – 21 March
- Pirate Week at Blackpool Sea Life – 13 -21 March
- Blackpool transport – cut-price tickets until end of March
- Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival – 11 – 21 March
- The Bakewell Pudding Trail – 17 March, Bakewell
- Salisbury Cathedral Tower Tour
- The West Somerset Railway Spring Steam Gala – 20 & 21 and 25 to 28 March 2010
- Conquests and crossings guide tour/walk – Wales
For a full list of planned British Tourism Week events click here.
And, don’t forget the closing weekend’s offer by the National Trust: ‘Bonus Time’, which offers free entry to many of its visitor attractions over the final two days – 20 and 21 March 2010.
For more information and to download a National Trust ‘Bonus Time’ voucher click here