FENLANDER: Mini guides kick off council’s big tourism drive

The cover of one of the new mini-guides.

The cover of one of the new mini-guides. - Credit: Archant

A NEW series of “mini guides” has been produced by the Fenland Tourism Board for Fenland District Council to help people make the most of the attractions in and around Fenland’s four market towns.

They herald the start of a concerted drive to attract more visitors to the district, as well as highlighting what each town has to offer local people.

A new tourism website has also been created, together with a comprehensive Visitor Guide to Fenland that will be circulated to tourism offices around the country. They will be formally launched later this month.

The new mini guides to Wisbech, March, Chatteris and Whittlesey include potted histories of each town and set out detailed town trails signposting all their most interesting buildings and other key features.

The ones for Wisbech and March feature two separate trails that can be linked and the Chatteris one has a town centre route that can be extended down to the site of the old railway station and through the area affected by the Great Fire of Chatteris in 1864.

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Each guide also mentions other nearby attractions.

Councillor Pop Jolley, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for leisure, said: “We want to encourage local people to make the most of what is on their doorstep and these guides will help with that.

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“At the same time, they are just one element in our wider strategy to attract more visitors to the district, which is essential if we are to achieve the sort of economic growth we need.

“The new tourism website and visitor guide that we will be launching very soon will also play a vital role.”

• The mini guides are available in the Fenland@ your service shops and online at www.visitcambridgeshirefens.org

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