Sign up for scheme to boost tourism in Northumberland

A wide-ranging programme of one-day courses which aims to increase tourism in Northumberland starts next month.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 17th February 2016, 5:03 pm
Updated Wednesday, 17th February 2016, 5:10 pm
Alnwick Castle is one of Northumberland's iconic spots.
Alnwick Castle is one of Northumberland's iconic spots.

Know Your Northumberland is designed to inspire anyone who works or volunteers in a visitor-facing environment to turn every visitor encounter into a positive experience. The courses give valuable destination product knowledge to anyone working on the front-line of the tourism industry.

Delegates who attend three courses will achieve a bronze accreditation, while those who take part in five courses will be rewarded with a silver certificate. Seven or more courses will earn a gold-level diploma, along with the title Northumberland Ambassador, and a quality mark to add to websites and other promotional materials.

A Know Your Northumberland spokeswoman said: "It’s the fun, interesting and stimulating experiences that visitors have which encourage them to return again and again. Working at the front-line of the tourism industry, it’s your knowledge and expertise that makes the difference, your ability to recommend a great attraction or activity to try helps to shape the short breaks and holidays of thousands of visitors to Northumberland each year.

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"These courses give valuable destination product knowledge to anyone working on the front-line. You can improve your knowledge of this truly wonderful and diverse county, plus gather and unlock some of Northumberland’s secrets and treasures. Enrolling on a programme of one-day courses will increase your knowledge of the history, culture and tourism offer across Northumberland, which you can then pass onto your visitors. Travelling by coach with a blue-badge guide, we will visit some of Northumberland's well and lesser-known attractions and places of interest. Each participant will receive a booklet of information after each course which provides information on the area they have covered, this builds up to produce a Know Your Northumberland file."

Each course costs £10 and the dates for 2016 are Tuesday, March 1, South East Northumberland; Tuesday, March 15, Morpeth, Kirkley and A696 corridor; Wednesday, April 13, Berwick and Northumberland coast; Tuesday, April 19, Alnwick, Rothbury and surrounding area; Tuesday, April 26, Hexham & Hadrian's Wall Corridor; Thursday, May 5, Bellingham and Kielder; Thursday, May 12, Cheviots and Uplands; Wednesday, May 18, North Pennines. To find out more information about each course, including the itinerary, click here.

For more information or to make a booking, email [email protected] or contact Sarah Davidson, Senior Visitor Information and Infrastructure Officer for Active Northumberland, by calling 01670 622567 or emailing [email protected]