Putting the holy back into holiday

From left to right: Graham Booth, Mary Fleeson and Clive Price launch the Pilgrim Guide at the Christian Resources Exhibition last week (Photo: Mark Fleeson)
From left to right: Graham Booth, Mary Fleeson and Clive Price launch the Pilgrim Guide at the Christian Resources Exhibition last week (Photo: Mark Fleeson)

A NEW tourism guide for a north Northumberland landmark is aiming to put the ‘holy’ back in ‘holiday’.

Taking holidaymakers ‘beyond the tourist trail’ is the aim of a new multi-agency faith tourism initiative that promotes the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

A high-quality mini-brochure offers prayers and practical information for visitors to the island – known as England’s ‘cradle of Christianity’.

The 12-page Holy Island Of Lindisfarne Pilgrim Guide opens out as a big A3-sized resource to help holidaymakers experience ‘sand, sea and spirit’.

The publication was launched at the Christian Resources Exhibition in Esher in Surrey this month on the Lindisfarne Scriptorium stand.

Lindisfarne Scriptorium produces inspirational artwork and publications by Mary Fleeson and has a gallery and shop on Holy Island.

They are spearheading the Pilgrim Guide initiative, with support and involvement from The Open Gate and Clive Price Media.

The Open Gate is the ‘mother house’ of The Community of Aidan and Hilda, who run island retreats.

Clive Price is a communications consultant whose areas of interest include promoting places with Celtic history and heritage.

Graham Booth, of The Open Gate and The Community of Aidan and Hilda, said: “This amazingly wild and beautiful island has the ability to get under anybody’s skin.

“It’s a stunning place to reflect on life and its meaning.”

Five thousand copies have been printed and a website is being constructed to offer further information to visitors (www.lindisfarne.info).

Lindisfarne Scriptorium and Clive Price Media also hope to publish Pilgrim Guide brochures for other sacred places.

Leaflet designer Mary Fleeson said: “We’re inviting visitors to look at the island in a way that takes them beyond the tourist trail.

“Come and experience the sand, sea and spirit of Lindisfarne – ‘a thin place’ where heaven meets earth in a special way.”