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Accommodation Operators invited to new Eden Leaflet Swap event

A special one day event on Wednesday 6 March 2019 planned by Eden District Council’s tourism team in partnership with Hutton in the Forest, will be of great interest to accommodation operators in the area.

The Eden Leaflet Swap and Networking Event will be held at Hutton in the Forest historic house on Wednesday 6 March between 1pm and 3pm and has been specifically designed to give accommodation operators the opportunity to meet a wide variety of Eden’s attractions under one roof and discover what’s new and different about this year’s tourism offer within the Eden Valley, North Pennines and Ullswater area.

There will be the chance to meet representatives from around 18 Eden attractions including two of the region’s main literature distribution companies and those attending can enter a special prize draw.

In addition, between 1.30pm – 2.30pm, people attending the event will be given the chance to look around some of the historic rooms of Hutton in the Forest which is the home of Lord and Lady Inglewood. The house does not officially open to the public for the season until 3 April 2019 so this is a unique opportunity to see inside the house with knowledgeable guides on hand and discover the rich history and heritage that it contains.

"We are delighted to be staging the Eden Leaflet Swap and Networking Event at Hutton in the Forest this year," said Sally Hemsley, Joint Tourism Manager at Eden District Council.

“We have actively responded to tourism operator requests for such an event to happen. Around 18 businesses are taking part and we look forward to welcoming accommodation providers and others connected with Eden’s vibrant tourism industry to this event. It offers a unique chance for people to meet tourism businesses face to face, discover new products and services plus look around one of Eden’s beautiful stately homes“

Pamela Davidson, House Administrator at Hutton in the Forest said “This is a great opportunity for businesses to meet and work together. It means that accommodation providers will be able to give visitors first-hand knowledge of things to do and places to go within Eden”.

The event is free to attend and light refreshments will be available.

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Notes for Editors:

The importance of tourism to Eden:

During 2017, Eden attracted 4.998 million tourism visits (visitor numbers up 4.7% on 2016), with a massive £336.6 million (up 8.8% on 2016) being generated within the local economy through visitor and tourism business expenditure. During 2017, tourism accounted for 4,472 full-time equivalent jobs in Eden (an increase of 4.4% on 2016). (Source: STEAM)

For visitor information about Eden: www.visiteden.co.uk

Hutton in the Forest

The house is a Grade I listed country house has belonged to the Fletcher-Vane family, latterly the Barons Inglewood, since 1605.

Hutton-in-the-Forest was originally a medieval stronghold and the Pele tower survives. Succeeding generations have altered and added to the house and both the outside and inside show a wide range of decorative styles from the seventeenth century to the present day. The gallery, a rare feature in the North of England, dates from the 1630s and contains early furniture and portraits. The hall, built in 1680, is dominated by the Cupid Staircase, which leads to a suite of mid-18th century rooms, including the Cupid Room. The drawing room dates from about 1830, the library from 1870, and Lady Darlington's Room is decorated in the Arts and Crafts style.

The house is open to the public on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from April to October. www.hutton-in-the-forest.co.uk