What we have been reading: October 2019

We hope you find the links below interesting.


An interactive version of the historic visitor’s book at the former home of Winston Churchill, has been launched by The National Trust for visitors to look at handwritten entries from over 700 visitors dating back to 1924.

Devon heritage sites introduce special sign language tours to make British heritage accessible for all.

Kenwood House in Hampstead to host special display in remembrance of Dutch painter Rembrandt, 350 years since his death, displaying his finest self-portraits.

Visitor attractions:

The Silverstone Experience, a £20m visitor attraction has opened at the Northamptonshire racing circuit, aiming to inspire a new generation of motor racing.

Eden Project targets 2020 start on geothermal energy project, to drill for geothermal heat to power the Eden Project site after EU and Cornwall Council funding was approved.

Alton Towers announces new attraction based on David Walliams’ children’s books, opening 2020.

UK government invest £250m into cultural and creative infrastructure projects, including £18m funding support for York’s National Railway Museum.

Visitor accommodation:

VisitBritain predict a rise in visits from China during October as China National Day and the Golden Week holiday commence, boosting visitor numbers for UK hotels.

VisitBritain release latest trends report for England’s inbound tourism statistics.

Native Places opens UK’s largest aparthotel in Manchester, consisting of 158 luxury studios.

Activity and Adventure tourism:

Adventure Tours UK are awarded the Tourism and Leisure Start Up of the Year at the 2019 Wales Start Up Awards.

The Guardian releases the Six of the best activity centres in the UK based on reader travel advice.

Snowdonia activity break is named the ideal trip for thrill seekers.

National Heritage Lottery Fund:

£3million funding awarded by the national heritage lottery fund to support Coventry City of Culture Trust, to protect and develop the natural environment.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded The National Portrait Gallery £9.4million for a major redevelopment, restoring the historic building, creating an accessible gallery for everyone.

£13.6million National Lottery boost for Hull’s maritime heritage-led regeneration scheme, transforming Hull into a world-class visitor destination, transforming five sites across the city.

The UK’s oldest children’s charity has received a £1.26million National Lottery grant to digitise part of its archive, protecting it for future generations who will now be able to view it online.

A project to create a museum that celebrates and evokes Blackpool’s seaside entertainment heritage receives a £4m grant from the National lottery Heritage Fund.


VisitEngland launch a new guide to help tourism businesses become more dementia-friendly.

Project news

We carrying out a feasibility study and options appraisal to assess the opportunity to develop a George Eliot Visitor Centre and wider experience in Warwickshire. A key outcome is to help support the development of the visitor economy to encourage visitors to stay longer and spend more within the county.