Open weekend approaching fast!

Release date: 31 March 2016

The countdown has begun to a special event offering residents discounted entry to a host of visitor attractions across the Cotswolds and West Oxfordshire.

The Welcome Open Weekend (WOW) takes place from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 April and covers a total of 24 attractions in both districts.

They include:

-          Bourton Model Village, Bourton-on-the-Water

-          Cotswold Falconry, Moreton-in-Marsh

-          Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power

-          Corinium Museum, Cirencester

-          Blenheim Palace, Woodstock

-          Cogges, Witney

WOW offers residents a range of ‘two for one’ vouchers to visit local attractions. The event has already proven to be popular in West Oxfordshire and it promises to be even better this year as it has been extended to cover the Cotswold District.

Cllr Chris Hancock, Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Partnerships at CDC, said:

“This is a great opportunity for residents to get out and about to sample some of the many attractions on their doorstep at knock-down prices. It promises to be a great family weekend with something for everyone.”

To take advantage of the offers, residents just need to pick up a ‘2-for-1’ voucher sheet, available from any of the Visitor Information Centres or council reception points in either Cotswold or West Oxfordshire Districts from today onwards.

For more details about WOW, including a full list of the offers available, see our Welcome Open Weekend webpage.


Note to Editors:

A report recently compiled by the South West Research Company Ltd showed that tourism was responsible for 17% of employment in Cotswold District.  This means that 7,500 people serviced the direct and indirect needs of almost 7 million day visitors and over 540,000 tourists staying one night or more.

The total visitor-related business turnover during 2014 was almost £383 million.  Tourists spent over £44million on accommodation within the District, another £44 million on local attractions and entertainments, and about £50m on travel.  Other interesting facts included the impact of tourism on local shopping and the food and drink sector; visitors bought over £73 million worth of gifts, clothing and other goods, and spent over £117 million in restaurants, cafes, pubs and other catering establishments. 

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