Celebrating English Tourism Week with Bolney

by Bolney Wine Estate Limited May 28, 2020

Celebrating English Tourism Week with Bolney

Here at Bolney we love working with other local brands and businesses to champion English Tourism, so to celebrate English Tourism Week we’ve caught up with some of our favourite local destinations to find out what their plans are and why they think supporting English tourism, especially at times like these, is important.

Ockenden Manor

Why do you think it’s important that people support English Tourism?

English Tourism is vital to the economy, both regionally and nationally, now more than ever. We have so many beautiful places to see and things to do right here in England and more specifically on our doorstep in Sussex. We encourage our guests to explore the local area, visit the shops, taste the wine and follow the trails. Staycations and holidaying in England allow people to travel less, stay longer and slow down which all sounds rather appealing right now.

What are your plans for re-opening or if you’ve remained open how have you adapted your business?

The safety and well-being of our guests is of paramount importance to us and we have always maintained the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene throughout our hotels, spas and restaurants. We are now working hard to establish and implement a number of additional measures across our hotels to keep you safe from the risks associated with COVID 19, and to keep within Government guidelines. Our aim is for our guests to feel confident and comfortable visiting us and for us to provide somewhere beautiful for people to escape to as soon as we are permitted.

Find out more about Ockenden Manor

Glyndebourne

Why do you think it’s important that people support English Tourism?

Sarah Hopwood, Managing Director of Glyndebourne, said: 'England has so much to offer tourists. In just our small corner of Sussex you can find leading performing arts companies, prestigious art galleries, important historical sites and some of the finest English vineyards. Many of these organisations are battling to survive due to the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the arts and culture industry particularly badly hit. These companies make an enormous contribution to the local economy - Glyndebourne’s gross economic impact in East Sussex totals £16million every year.  In the coming months it is more important than ever that tourists and visitors come to Sussex so that the many amazing cultural institutions in the area are able to survive.’

What are your plans for re-opening or if you’ve remained open how have you adapted your business?

Due to the cancellation of Glyndebourne Festival 2020, we have launched our first ever virtual festival, Glyndebourne Open House.  We are bringing the Glyndebourne Festival experience direct to people’s homes by streaming a full-length opera, for free, on Glyndebourne’s website and YouTube channel at 5pm every Sunday, and helping the public to recreate an afternoon at the Festival in their own homes. The first broadcast last Sunday 24 May was a performance of The Marriage of Figaro and coming next on Sunday 31 May is Don Giovanni. The productions remain available to watch on demand for seven days after the first broadcast

Find out more about Glyndebourne

The Piggery

Why do you think it’s important that people support English Tourism?

- It generates £106 billion per year and employs over 2 million people in cities but also rural areas. Lots of SMEs rely on it.

- It works hand in hand with a wide range of other sectors including farming, transport, retail, sport, museums and the arts.

- Travel restrictions and health risks mean that more people will choose to holiday at home rather than abroad.

- English tourism plays an important role and contribution protecting and promoting our rich culture and heritage.

- Climate change means people are more aware of reducing their carbon footprint and therefore inclined to holiday at home.

- Post Brexit we must show that we welcome overseas tourists from Europe and beyond.

What are your plans for re-opening or if you’ve remained open how have you adapted your business?

- Our purpose is to help our guests enjoy a rural English holiday experience surrounded by beautiful Sussex countryside in style and comfort.

- We intend to reopen our holiday let as the lockdown eases from July. The accommodation has its own private driveway and garden in a secluded location so lends itself perfectly to social distancing. Additionally we have a shepherds hut which will be ready for the Summer too.

- We have sought to promote our accommodation primarily through online channels such as AirBnB, Facebook, Instagram (ThePiggeryJBH) as well as our own website.

- We will be offering our guests a complimentary bottle of wine from Bolney.

Find out more about The Piggery

Bluebell Railway

Why do you think it’s important that people support English Tourism?

The Bluebell Railway believes there are many wonderful and varied attractions in the South East and across the country. There was already a move towards more 'staycations' and home-grown tourism before the virus pandemic - that trend will continue when the lockdown restrictions are eased. We think people will be less keen to travel overseas with a greater emphasis on supporting destinations in this country.

What are your plans for re-opening or if you’ve remained open how have you adapted your business?

The Bluebell Railway is continuing to monitor UK Government advice and guidelines from tourist bodies and relevant industry regulators. We will reopen to visitors only when it is safe to do so and with additional social distancing and health protection measures in place. We are determined to continue to provide a safe and enjoyable day out for the thousands of people who come to the Bluebell Railway each year - but we are not yet able to commit to a date for reopening.

During lockdown, we have increased the number of stock items available in our online shop and have been shipping products across the UK and around the world. We have continued to communicate with our visitors, members, supporters, staff and volunteers with a special publication The Bluebell Times inspired by the actions of soldiers in World War I. And we have launched and promoted an emergency fundraising appeal to cover the lost fare income as well as giving us enough money to recover as a business and allow us to keep key heritage skills alive in Sussex.

Find out more about Bluebell Railway

Photo credit: Peter Edwards

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