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New Guides Encourage Visitors to 'Seize The Day'

Wednesday, 11th January 2012

The launch of the 2012 National Forest & Beyond Visitor Guides, at the new Radisson Blu Hotel.

The new 2012 National Forest & Beyond Visitor Guides urge visitors to stop putting off the things they have always wanted to do and tick off a few from their wish list in The National Forest.

Ideas include walking through a carpet of bluebells, going off-road cycling with the kids, waking up in a woodland to the sound of birdsong, taking part in a Murder Mystery Night, staying in a log cabin, bottle feeding a new born lamb or learning to be a chocolatier for the day. 

The new guides are bursting with ideas on things to see and do, and where to enjoy the woodlands and countryside. They also serve up a healthy dollop of local food of the area, showcase overnight accommodation and have some brilliant short break deals.

There is a competition inside to win a weekend break for two in the luxurious four-star Priest House HotelThe fantastic prize includes two nights stay, with champagne cream tea on arrival, dinner each night in the award winning restaurant and full English breakfast each morning.

Over 100 representatives of local tourism businesses and organisations attended the Visitor Guides launch event at the new Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport,on Tuesday 10 January hearing the latest news and plans to drive more visitors to the destination.  At the eventVisitEngland’s Chief Executive, James Berresford, outlined its domestic tourism campaign to promote the country in this special year with the 2012 Olympics and Jubilee celebrations.

Penny Wilkinson, Tourism Officer at the National Forest Company, said: ‘There really is something for everyone in The National Forest & Beyond. The new guides are packed with places to take the family, heritage and history attractions, and suggestions on where to enjoy a good walk in the woods.

‘One of the unique things about this area is the activities people can do - such as woodland crafts, survival schools and even llama trekking! It is definitely the place to tick off some of those things that you have always wanted to do!’

Download the new Visitor Guides or pick up a copy from Tourist Information Centres in and around the Forest.

Pictured above, from left: James Berresford, Visit England; Cllr Nigel Smith, North West Leicestershire District Council; Cllr Alison Smith, North West Leicestershire District Council; Simon Evans, National Forest Company; David Leese, East Staffordshire Borough Council; Daniel Keane, Radisson Blu Hotel; Michael Stanton, South Derbyshire District Council; Richard Beldon, Lets Go Local.