New visitor centre on Walkergate all set to open its doors

Guests at the unveiling of Berwick’s new tapestry last week also got their first look at the new visitor centre on Walkergate.

By Ian Smith
Wednesday, 10 April, 2019, 11:23
Berwick Visitor Centre Picture by Jane Coltman

The former Methodist Church has been renovated and will open in time for Easter with a café and information for visitors.

Owner Chris Hardie, speaking at the tapestry unveiling, said: “The idea is to promote Berwick.

“With the beautiful buildings we have, with the history we have and with the many attractions we have, I felt it was really important that we try to promote the town as much as we can.

“It’s set up as a not-for-profit organisationand is a community effort.

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“The café area will have staff who know about the town and there will be a film upstairs being produced locally which I recommend everyone comes into see because you will see things that you’ve never seen before.”

Meanwhile, Berwick Town Council is seeking to support the Coastal Community Team’s recently-launched town ambassadors scheme by equipping them with hand-held devices so they can provide information to visitors and to report issues that require attention. It would also help to gather footfall figures and feedback from visitors to assess the economic impact of events on the town.

Town councillors have also agreed to allocate funding for the redevelopment of the Visit Berwick website on a matched funding basis with the Coastal Community Team.