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Sustaining farm and rural livelihoods in and around the Cumbrian Uplands

South Copeland Tourism Group Development

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South Copeland Tourism CIC is a developing grassroots tourism partnership made up of local tourism businesses, community groups and interested individuals who work together to develop community tourism events and develop the tourism product in the parishes of Millom, Millom Without, Waberthwaite, Ulpha, Whicham and Bootle. Through funding from the RDPE, Millom Town Council, Nuclear decommissioning authority, Cumbria County Council, Nuclear Management Partners and Copeland Borough Council, SCTCIC employ a tourism development officer to work with the private sector and community groups on a number of projects.

South Copeland has a high number of non-inspected accommodation providers (74%) and this project is providing training and support to these businesses to improve accommodation standards, occupancy and profitability to develop market confidence in the areas tourism product.

The project is also developing a number of community tourism events, which as well as bringing economic benefits to the area, develop a sense of community pride and demonstrate the benefits and potential of tourism development. These events include:

Beer ‘n’ Bangers festival (www.beernbangers.com) – a celebration of the Cumberland Sausage and local breweries at pubs, butchers and eateries across the south western Lake District. Nearly 20 businesses between Broughton in Furness and Waberthwaite take part in the festival which involves special menus and events, brewery tours and cookery demonstrations. 7th-9th October 2011.

·  Haverigg Kite Festival – A new festival for 2011 involving 40 kiters from across northern England creating a spectacle visible across the Duddon estuary. 7th/8th May 2011

·  Black Combe Walking Festival – 28th May to 5th June 2011. A new walking festival taking place on Black Combe and the surrounding areas and coastline. Each festival will result in the production of a series of walking leaflets.

Why not check out the current events in the area at South Copeland Tourism Website