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Shrewsbury chosen for the Coach Friendly Award 2012

2nd January 2013


Destination Shrewsbury is celebrating the news that Shrewsbury has been chosen for the Coach Friendly Award 2012 by the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT).

Golfing greats honoured at Hill Valley's new bar

2nd January 2013


A HOTEL sports bar is being revamped to honour golfing greats - including those who have graced its grounds.


Luxury hotel to host Wedding Fayres in 2013

21st December 2012


SHROPSHIRE’s premier wedding venue is giving husbands and wives to-be the opportunity to envisage their big day. The luxury four-star Hill Valley Spa, Hotel and Golf in Whitchurch – part of the prestigious Macdonald Hotels & Resorts Group – is holding free Wedding Fayres on February 16 and May 19 2013.


FIND YOUR SANCTUARY AT SHREWSBURY MARKET HALL

18th December 2012


Shrewsbury shoppers are invited to experience some indulgent pampering at the new Market Hall Sanctuary, now open at the award-winning indoor shopping venue.

Major Touring Exhibition of the Quaker Tapestry to visit the Ironbridge Gorge Museum

17th December 2012


A major free exhibition of captivating and colourful panels of embroidery from the Quaker Tapestry Centre in Kendal, Cumbria will be on display at the Coalbrookdale Gallery, adjacent to Enginuity in the Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire from 22nd May to 5th June 2013. It will be open 7 days a week.

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MARKET

17th December 2012


Shrewsbury shoppers are being encouraged to help the town's indoor Market Hall scoop a major accolade in a national competition.


HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM REVAMP BUSINESS

14th December 2012


A husband and wife team who already run a successful stall at Shrewsbury Market Hall have launched a new venture - and their second business - at the award-winning shopping venue.

FESTIVE FUN CONTINUES AT MARKET HALL

13th December 2012


Festive fun continues at Shrewsbury Market Hall with music performances, a chance to pick up some unique gifts and even a visit from Santa Claus.

BR's 'last steam engine' is surprise visitor to the SVR

13th December 2012


THE STEAM locomotive which worked British Rail’s very last main line steam train almost 45 years ago in 1968, is a surprise Christmas visitor to the Severn Valley Railway.

Your information on this newsletter

12th December 2012


This newsletter goes out to 243 Shropshire Hills Tourism members – if you would like us to feature an event /news etc just let us know. We’d particularly like to celebrate the achievements of our members & would be keen to do small features on members businesses Contact Kay info@wheelywonderfulcycling.co.uk and David d_palliser@hotmail.com

Shropshire Hills Tourism committee meetings – your chance join in or to raise an issue you feel we need to tackle.

12th December 2012


You are cordially invited to come along to our meetings. Next committee meeting Tuesday 5th February at 1 p.m. Venue to be confirmed. Meetings for the rest of the year are scheduled for 2nd April, 14th May 9th July 10th September 19th November. If you would like to come along to a meeting – please let Jodie Stephen know 01743 261919 jstephen@shropshiretourism.co.uk


Events from over the border

12th December 2012


Gill Ding, manager of Leominster VIC issues a useful list of forthcoming events each month – if you want to find out what’s happening in Herefordshire. Contact Gill on www.leominstertourism.com 01568 616460

Tinsel Tuesdays in Ludlow

12th December 2012


Ludlow promises to pack a punch for shoppers this December with a wholly new Christmas concept coined Tinsel Tuesdays. For every Tuesday in December the town will be offering free parking in all car parks between 2 and 6pm, courtesy of Shropshire Council and a new Christmas Gift Market that promises shoppers something a bit special. As well as a hog roast, music, impromptu panto previews by the crew of Aladdin from the Ludlow Assembly Rooms as well as some carol singing around the Christmas Tree. tish@ludlowchamber.co.uk Posters & flyers about tinsel Tuesday are available from Ludlow VIC.


Travel News

12th December 2012


Don’t forget the new Transport website – with very useful newsletter to keep you & your clients up to date about how to travel around Shropshire - by bike, foot bus train & even by car. With lots of details about how to get to visitor attractions. Walks & cycle rides and suggestions about things to do without your car! www.travelshropshire.co.uk

Forthcoming events

12th December 2012


Don’t forget to let your visitors know about events (and walks) in our area. If you have an event you want to publicise in this newsletter – just let us know.

Get in the mood for Christmas

12th December 2012


Here are some ideas for keeping everyone happy at Christmas. 12th Christmas Wreath Making - Croft Castle; 17th-19th December – Lunch with Father Christmas – Berrington Hall; 19th-23rd Aladdin at Ludlow Assembly rooms; 23rd Christmas Market – Castle Square Ludlow. Please look at the events list below for more ideas.

Business Enterprise Fund Grants for Tourism Start-Ups and Established Businesses

12th December 2012


The Shropshire & Herefordshire Business Enterprise Fund is a £1 million fund secured from the European Rural Development Fund (ERDF) administered by Shropshire Council. The aim of the Fund is to assist individuals to start businesses and encourage existing businesses to invest in projects that will result in increased profitability through efficiency savings and/or expansion and diversification of new products/services, into existing and new markets.

Farmhouse Breakfast Week 20th - 26th January 2013

12th December 2012


It’s never too early to start planning - before you know where you are Christmas & New Year will be over and it will be the second week in January. Farmhouse Breakfast Week, which takes place every January, is a perfect opportunity to promote the wealth of wonderful breakfast produce on offer around the UK and especially in Shropshire. Have a look at http://www.shakeupyourwakeup.com/, download the free resources, register so that you benefit from all the free promotional publicity.

News from King Tim & Shropshire County Council Tourism Team

12th December 2012


Keep up to date with county wide discussion about tourism strategy on www.shropshirehillstourismpartnership.org.uk

www.visitshropshirehills.co.uk – Visitors to website double

12th December 2012


Following the improvements we have made visits to the site, the number of visits has more than doubled from 2011 to 2012, with the website receiving 3,644 from 1st Oct to 30th Nov 2011, compared to 7,877 from 1st Oct to 30th Nov 2012. With a bounce rate of 44% and with 83% of the visits to the site from new visitors. We average 70 electronic brochure requests per month and the highest months were  August with 94 and April with 90. It will be a useful indicator of the interest generated by the area and our website and to see how these change over the coming months.