What we have been reading: December 2019

We hope you find the links below interesting.


Over 500 historic places have been added to the National Heritage List for England in 2019 and Historic England have highlighted 21 fascinating places.

Garfield Weston and Art Fund extend their partnership and fund an extra £810,000 for museums.


Parks and country parks:

South Downs National Park receives prestigious award from the Royal Town Planning Institute for the environmental excellence of its Local Plan.

Upton Country Park is looking to introduce new attractions from April 2020.


Visitor attractions:

reefLive submits a planning application for £12 million Belfast aquarium.

Visit England release top 7 family-friendly UK music festivals for 2020.

Visit England produce list of new events and visitor attractions for England in January 2020.


Visitor accommodation:

Visit England releases new study showing record number of Brits book trips within the UK around Christmas boosting the economy by £2.9 billion.

Visit Britain forecasts 2020 as a record year for inbound tourism to the UK.


Activity and Adventure tourism:

The Guardian releases best 2019 activity and adventure travel discoveries of 2019.

Almost 1 in every 20 holidays taken by British tourists is adventure or activity based – how the selfie generation impact riskier holiday choices.


National Heritage Lottery Fund:

A £3 million investment from the National Heritage Lottery Fund has meant that funding is now available for training programmes in the UK to support businesses working with heritage to develop their business skills, confidence and management skills.

The National Heritage Lottery Fund are looking to recruit two new members for their Wales and Northern Ireland committee to help guide decisions on grants and steer a course for heritage.

National Heritage Lottery fund is helping a local community in Wales come together to celebrate 180 years of St Mary’s Church, its oldest surviving church.



ABTA releases travel trends report for the last 12 months.


Project news

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council has commissioned Planning Solutions Consulting Limited to carry out an options appraisal on the future of the former Pit Head Baths site in Llanhilleth, Blaenau Gwent.