The South West is famed for its natural beauty and cultural heritage. Whether you are here on business or pleasure, the South West has much to offer and many gambling destinations. Here are some tips to help you have a great time and help us to keep the South West special forever. And don’t forget to look out for the orange Footprint on your travels!
TRY LOCAL, BUY LOCAL
Here in the South West we produce some of the best food and drink in the world. And we like sharing it!
For a true taste of the South West, why not visit local markets, shops, pubs and restaurants. Not only will you contribute to the local economy, but you will help reduce food miles and traffic. You can find details of our local farmers markets at: www.farmersmarkets.net For a free copy of Taste England, which features food and ideas for eating out from the English regions call 0845 330 3663, text ‘TASTE’ to 84118 or visit www.enjoyengland.com/taste
EXPLORE WHAT’S ON YOUR DOORSTEP
Your perfect day out doesn’t need to involve a long car journey. Find out about attractions and events near to you. For details of local events and attractions and to find your local Tourist Information Centre visit www.enjoyengland.com.
And you could always stretch those legs. There is a network of footpaths to explore,(contact South West Coast Paths for more information on coastal walkswww.southwestcoastpath.com)and if you are feeling energetic there are cycle paths too (and lots of lovely people who will hire you bicycles if you have not brought your own).You can call the SUSTRANS information line to find out about cycle routes near to where you are staying. Tel: 0845 113 0065.www.sustrans.co.uk
You can also visit a number of key attractions by foot, cycle and public transport. Did you know one in six National Trust properties, from historic houses to gardens, now offer visitors arriving without a car a discount on their entry fee or a voucher for the tea-room and a number of key attractions offer reductions to visitors coming without a car, always ask about car free discounts.
For impartial information on timetables for all public tranport in the South West contact Travel Line, Tel: 0871 200 2233 or visit the website www.travelinesw.com For details of National Trust sites see: www.nationaltrust.org.uk
GREEN TOURISM BUSINESS SCHEME
Keep an eye out for places to stay, visit, eat and shop displaying the Green Tourism Business Scheme logo. It is awarded to businesses who are caring for the local area and environment including local gaming and bingo establishments.
If you would like information about holidays in the South West have a look atwww.visitsouthwest.co.uk