This is an archived press release
Monday 20 October 2008
20 October 2008
Castleton Visitor Centre scoops silver tourism award
Run by the National Park Authority, the centre beat off competition from across the region, outdone only by the much bigger Chesterfield Tourism Information Centre in its category.
Castleton Visitor Centre assistants were praised for their advice on enjoying the spectacular Hope and Edale valleys, covering heritage, wildlife, scenery, walks and adventure sports.
The centre in Buxton Road is open seven days a week, 364 days a year, providing a one-stop-shop for Peak District attractions, events and accommodation. Staff have access to a fast database to ensure that up-to-date details are quickly available, and they can make bookings.
Operated in partnership with Castleton Historical Society, the centre houses the village museum where exhibitions are staged looking at local traditions and industries through the ages.
It also provides important community facilities: local arts and crafts producers use its meeting and exhibition rooms, activity days are staged in school holidays, and school parties regularly visit.
A new feature is the high-tech Peak Experience download centre, enabling walkers to pack their MP3 players, iPods or mobile phones with free audio walking guides. This is only the second such facility in the country.
National Park visitor services manager Sue Beswick said: "We are very proud to receive a silver award for Castleton Visitor Centre. The centre is an asset to the area and the award represents an excellent achievement on behalf of the staff who are committed to providing a welcoming and professional service for all our visitors.''
Other Peak District award-winners in the regional tourism “Oscars” included: “Think Family” accommodation - Croft View Cottages, Foolow (gold); small hotel - East Lodge, Rowsley (gold); best tourism experience - Cocoadance chocolatiers, Castleton (bronze); self-catering - Hoe Grange Holidays, Brassington (silver); best pub experience - Devonshire Arms, Beeley (bronze); access for all - Hoe Grange Holidays, Brassington (bronze); tourism website - Hoe Grange Holidays, Brassington (bronze).
Buxton Festival won the gold award for best tourism experience, and Buxton’s Hilbre B&B won silver for sustainable tourism.