Sign up now for the Welcome Open Weekend!
Release date: 3 February 2016
Many visitors from home and abroad visit the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire to enjoy a wide variety of wonderful attractions, all set against the outstanding natural beauty of the distinctive rural landscape. As Spring approaches the local tourism sector is gearing up for the 2016 season and looking forward to welcoming all visitors.
The tourism industry recognises the contribution of many friendly and hospitable local residents to the continuing growth in visitor numbers, and is keen to give something back to the community as a gesture of thanks. As a result, tourism providers are lining up to be part of an exciting Welcome Open Weekend (WOW) from Friday 15 April to Sunday 17 April 2016 which will offer special ‘two for one’ vouchers for a wide range of attractions. This event has already proved to be very popular in West Oxfordshire, and it promises to be even better this year having been extended to residents in Cotswold District.
Councillor Chris Hancock Cabinet member for Enterprise and Partnership at Cotswold District Council looks forward to a very successful event:
“WOW is all about helping local residents to appreciate the wonderful area we live in by exploring and rediscovering the attractions on offer at discounted rates of 2 for 1. This is a great opportunity for attractions in the District - especially smaller establishments and activity businesses – to reward residents for helping them attract and retain so many visitors. Tourism providers will be working with the local tourism team to allow local people to access a fantastic range of things to see and do right here on their door step for only 50% of the usual cost. WOW also gives the local tourism sector an early opportunity to promote their latest attractions via a bespoke website and social media”
Cllr James Mills, Cabinet Member for Economy and Local Communities at West Oxfordshire District Council, added:
“Residents are, quite rightly, proud of what the area has to offer but that doesn’t always mean that they get the chance to enjoy some of the wonderful attractions that appeal to visitors from elsewhere. Tourism is a major industry in The Cotswolds and I hope that many people will take advantage of these great offers and share in this success story. Make sure you save the date and look out for details about the ‘two for one’ deals in March via the Council websites, local and social media, and our wonderful Visitor Information Centres.”
Some twenty local attractions have already signed up for WOW, including: Chipping Campden’s Court Barn Museum; Bibury Trout Farm; Rousham House and garden near Upper Heyford; and Fairytale Farm near Chipping Norton. The local tourism team expects that more businesses will join the scheme over the next few weeks.
To get the two-for-one discounts, local residents will just need to collect a voucher sheet from any of the Visitor Information Centres or other collection points across both districts.
For more details about WOW, including a full list of the offers, where to collect vouchers from and the dates when they are available, see the Councils’ websites: www.cotswold.gov.uk/wow and www.westoxon.gov.uk/wow The voucher sheets will be available from Friday 1 April onwards, or call 01285 623000 or 01993 861080