Visit Exmoor Marks English Tourism Week 2024: Tourism at the Heart of our Communities

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English Tourism Week is underway and Visit Exmoor has honoured the integral role of tourism within our communities with a visit to East Quay Watchet, in the company of local MP Ian Liddell-Grainger. This celebration underscores the importance of tourism and its connectivity throughout the year.

Emma Thomasson, CEO of Visit Exmoor, states: “This year’s theme beautifully encapsulates what we experience daily on Exmoor – tourism is at the heart of our communities and is exemplified through the interconnected fabric of places like East Quay. It’s a beacon of cultural and creative vibrancy, offering a rich tapestry of experiences that contribute to the area’s allure all year round.

East Quay a living, breathing part of Watchet’s community. With its innovative self-catering pods, including the newly launched pod 5, a Mediterranean-inspired café, and a multitude of spaces celebrating art and culture, East Quay embodies the spirit of community and local tourism.

MP Ian Liddell-Grainger said: “East Quay is creating a new narrative for Watchet, drawing in visitors with its unique blend of local culture, history, and geology. It’s a complete transformation from the once modest port to a vibrant, multi-use venue that’s making a significant contribution to tourism in West Somerset.”

This area is also a great example of the connectedness we see across the area, offering diverse experiences and ways to see the area that visitors may not have considered.

  • West Somerset Railway: with 20 miles of heritage railway through stunning Somerset countryside and coast and beautiful stops along the way, including Watchet.
  • Exmoor Coaster: Takes adventurers along Exmoor’s coast, offering stunning views of the coast and moorland from this open top bus.
  • South West 660 Route: Encourages exploration of Exmoor’s coastal beauty and regional attractions beyond the peak seasons, the Exmoor leg running from Watchet to Lynmouth.

As we look towards the Easter holidays, East Quay and its surroundings stand as an example of the extensive opportunities across the Exmoor area to engage with our region and the options for day trips, break and holidays.

“With a range of outstanding accommodation options and activities, it’s about choice,” adds Emma Thomasson. “Whether you’re here for a day trip, a short break or a holiday, you have the opportunity to embrace the tranquillity of our landscapes, enjoy our coastal beauty, choose from an array of National Park walks tailored to all abilities, savour the local cuisine, or take in our star filled dark skies, there’s something for everyone across Exmoor. Our community is united in offering a warm welcome to visitors, demonstrating the true heart of tourism here.”

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