New collection to entice visitors to national park

Northumberland features in a new collection of interactive visitor experiences showcasing England’s National Parks.

Friday, 15th February 2019, 08:48 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th February 2019, 15:58 pm
Ebike riding near Hadrian's Wall.

The collection of more than 70 bookable visitor experiences alongside over 80 accommodation providers has launched across nine of England’s National Parks.

Duncan Wise, Northumberland National Park visitor development and marketing manager, said: “Being part of The English National Park Experience Collection has provided us with a fabulous opportunity to tell the world what is so special about Northumberland National Park.

“It has been a privilege to work with all local experience and accommodation providers. They have shared their passion for the area, told their distinctive stories, and developed them into unique visitor experiences.”

Highlights from the Northumberland National Park Collection include dining and stargazing at the Battlesteads Hotel in Wark, foraging and wild cooking with Northern Wilds, exploring the bloody borders with Northumberland 300, living like a Roman with Ancient Britain, flying Birds of Prey with Falconry Days, joining a Ranger patrol of Hadrian’s Wall on Ebike and discovering your artistic nature with Footsteps Northumberland.

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Partner accommodation providers include Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant at Wark, Carraw B&B in Humshaugh, Hesleyside Hall B&B and the Hollybush Inn at Greenhaugh.

The collection has been supported through VisitEngland’s Discover England Fund. It is a united response from the parks to address the issue that less than a third of all trips to England made by overseas visitors currently involve a stay outside of London. It has been curated to persuade more Australian and German visitors, who are known to love our countryside, to venture beyond London. It is estimated that the value of tourism to the visitor economy of England’s National Parks is estimated to be around £4billion a year.

Sarah Fowler, sustainable tourism lead for the nine English National Parks and Peak District National Park chief executive, said: “This brand new collection of experiences has been designed to harness the growing demand for experiential tourism; alongside quality accommodation, they will be easy to book options for the overseas travel trade.”