It’s great outdoors – you should come and try it!
RURAL businesses are being urged to sign up to a campaign to encourage more people to enjoy the Kent countryside. COUNTRYSIDE 2010 is a new initiative designed to put people in touch with the whole range of recreational opportunities available in the county and the rest of south east England.
The campaign is co-ordinating a two-week “super showcase” of recreational events, activities and attractions to show what the countryside has to offer. COUNTRYSIDE 2010 will run from May 29 until June 13. The programme brings together details of hundreds of events and activities with a rural setting or theme.
The events are organised by country-based tourism businesses and visitor attractions, local authorities, special interest groups and local communities. Organisations like the National Trust, RSPB, Cycle Touring Club, British Horse Society, Ramblers and the Wildlife Trusts are all contributing to the campaign.
Events will range from guided walks and rides to tours and tastings, open days and activity ses- sions, bird watching, boat rides, paragliding and pub walks.
The initiative is being organised by the Rural Ways Partnership, co-ordinated by Tourism South East, and is funded by the Rural Development Programme for England, and Ordnance Survey, Britain’s national mapping agency.
Tourism South East rural programme manager Rachel Simpson said: “COUNTRYSIDE 2010 offers rural businesses, groups and communities in Kent a unique and free opportunity to attract new interest, new business, new visitors, new members or new volunteers.
“Our countryside offers a huge variety of things for everyone to enjoy but we can’t join in unless we know what’s out there.”
All organisers who meet the campaign criteria are welcome to add their attractions, events or activities to the COUNTRYSIDE 2010 programme free of charge. Details of the campaign and how to register can be found at www .countryside2010.org.uk
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A campaign aims to attract more people to enjoy the Kent countryside