National Parks Week
Iconic sights like Hadrian’s Wall and Sycamore Gap are drawing in more crowds than ever before – with a record 1.5 million visitors stepping foot in Northumberland National Park last year.
And it seems these outdoors enthusiasts are spending more than ever before too – with tourism spend in the Park up by seven per cent, bringing an £80 million boost to the north east’s economy. National Parks Minister Lord Gardiner visited Northumberland yesterday to celebrate this success and kick-start National Parks Week – an annual celebration of some of the UK’s most stunning landscapes.
While there he had an opportunity to take in the breath-taking scenery, historic landmarks and unique habitats, and see first-hand the work the Park is doing to encourage more families, children and young people to enjoy the great outdoors. In particular, he explored the new Sill Discovery Centre opening this Saturday – a £14 million project designed to help people understand the landscapes and heritage of Northumberland.