The Wealden 2015 tourist guide which features more than 70 attractions and a calendar of events is now available online and at tourist venues across the South East.
Among highlights are the 50th anniversary of the Cuckoo Trail taking place over the weekend of June 13-14, which will include cycle trails, guided walks, an art exhibition and a film about the Cuckoo Line.
The Wealden Food and Wine Festival will be held on the weekend of August 22-23 at Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum. The two-day event will be complimented by a month-long fringe festival highlighting the good food and drink that can be found across Wealden.
This year should also see the publication of a promotional map featuring the 57 vineyards which are now established in Wealden and the south east.
The second Coast and Country Walking Festival will take place from September 26 to October 4, and includes more than 50 walks over nine days.
The district council is hoping that the direct, and indirect, effect of tourist spending will translate into more than £300 million of income for local businesses.
Roy Galley, the council’s cabinet member for economic development said that tourist expenditure supported more than 15% of the jobs in the district and it was hoped, through the new tourist guide, to make the most of the attractions.
He said: “There is a magnificent range of things to do in Wealden together with outstanding accommodation and some great food.
“Our Wealden Do the Best Attractions guide is being circulated not only within the district but also to visitor locations across the south east within two-and-a-half-hours driving time.
“It’s a great way of encouraging people to spend time and money in our wonderful part of the country.”
The guide was launched at a reception for local tourist businesses at the Lavender Line steam railway at Isfield. It was hosted by Cllr Galley and Peter Colling, the managing director of Tourism South East.
Visitor attractons can be found on the Wealden do Sussex website.
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