Scottish Tourism Month and English Tourism Week 2019
English Tourism Week and Scottish Tourism Month are annual celebrations of Britain’s unique and exciting tourism offer; underpinned of course by our incredible history and heritage! Historic Houses member properties in all corners of the country have been welcoming their local constituency MPs and MSPs on visits this month, to highlight the hugely valuable economic, social and cultural contribution of independently owned heritage. Here are a few highlights from some of the MPs’ visits…
MSP for Linlithgow and Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, met with our Scottish Chairman Andrew, Earl of Hopetoun at Hopetoun House.
MP for Perth and North Perthshire Pete Wishart joined Andrew Bruce Wootton, Sarah Troughton and Julia Sim of Blair Atholl to learn more about Blair Castle and gardens.
Find out more about Scottish Tourism Month here.
Derbyshire Dales MP Sir Patrick McLoughlin enjoyed meeting Sir Richard FitzHerbert, volunteers and staff at beautiful Tissington Hall in Derbyshire.
The sun shone at Scampston Hall in North Yorkshire, home to Chris Legard and his family. Chris took MP for Thirsk and Malton, Kevin Hollinrake, on a tour of the house and the Capability Brown landscape.
MP for North Norfolk, Norman Lamb, visited the magnificent Holkham Hall in Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, ancestral home of the Earls of Leicester.
MP for Copeland, Trudy Harrison met with Peter and Iona Frost Pennington at their home Muncaster Castle in Cumbria and enjoyed a spectacular flying display at Muncaster’s Hawk and Owl Centre.
Trudy Harrison MP said of Muncaster:
“I’ve visited Muncaster Castle all my life, I’m sure all my birthdays involved a most enjoyable trip with family and friends. But my visit last Saturday absolutely blew me away (quite literally as the vulture’s wing tips brushed past my hair). Their ‘Sky Hunters Bird Show’ needs to be experienced, as hawks, eagles, vultures and owls took to the sky in awe-inspiring flights of fancy, perfectly choreographed to music. I was brought to tears, it was so good.
“During English Tourism week it was humbling to see first-hand, the hard work and talent that goes on behind the scenes at one of our most iconic and popular days out. We enjoyed Roman historic finds, a look in the cellar at the state-of-the-art new geo-thermal heating system in construction, a tour of the Castle’s most incredible tapestries and the newly restored Library complete with gilded constellation ceiling - all in a family residence, home to the Pennington’s for centuries and that for me, makes Muncaster so special.
“It’s real, historic, iconic and inspiring - but most of all, a brilliant day out. Peter, Iona, their daughter Isla and their team devote their lives to opening up our most famous castle, creatively thinking of new ways to excite and inspire, always making the most of the incredible surroundings.”
Find out more about English Tourism Week here.
Watch this space for updates from Welsh Tourism Week in May!