Landscape project to help tourism businesses make the most of AONBs in Suffolk and Essex

Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich.
Picture: Paul Nixon Photography

Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich. Picture: Paul Nixon Photography - Credit: Archant

Tourism businesses based in desginated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) in Suffolk and Essex are being invited to a private viewing of the Outstanding Landscapes exhibition being staged at the Wolsey Gallery at Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich.

The AONBs are launching a landscape awareness project coinciding with recent restoration of John Constable’s The Mill Stream the purchase of A Lime Kiln and the arrival on loan of Salisdbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831, which will all feature in the exhibition.

Tourism businesses are invited to a private viewing between 3pm and 5pm on Monday, March 2, to learn more about how landscape awareness can increase visitor numbers and enjoyment.

They will be able to contribute to the discussion and help shape a training programme being developed to encourage visitor businesses to celebrate local distinctiveness, and provide visitors with tangible reasons for holidaying closer to home.

Refreshments will include cordials supplied by a Stour Valley business, Edward’s Cordials, and there will be a special Constable-inspired cake.

Tourism businesses in the AONBs interested in attending should email or telephone 01394 384948.

The project will also involve presentations at the Visit Suffolk Tourism Symposium at Trinity Park on March 20, the Suffolk Coast Destination Management Organisation (DMO) conference, at Snape, on March 24 and The Suffolk Coast Business Event (TSCBE) on March 25, followed by workshops on the online training, and familiarisation trips, in April.