Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Autumn festival will boost success of Glens walking

Following the success of the Angus Glens Walking Festival each year Angus Council are proposing a similar event to begin this autumn.

A survey of participants at last year’s Angus Glens Walking Festival showed that 86 per cent would be interested in a similar event in the autumn.

Eric Lowson, director of infrastructure services, said: «It is proposed that a new two day outdoors festival be developed which will offer, not only walking as an activity, but also taster sessions of other activities such as mountain biking, canoeing or horse riding. This will be branded as an extension of the Angus Glens Walking Festival allowing this new activity to capitalise on the success of the current walking festival, targeting those who already visit Angus in spring to return again in the autumn»
He continued: “It is proposed that the new festival, Angus Autumn Adventures, will take place on September 1 and 2, working with the Outdoor Angus Industry Group and other activity providers in Angus. This has the aim of attracting visitors to the area at a traditionally quieter time of year and will showcase our year-round tourism products.»

Meanwhile, the local authority is proposing to underwrite the spring festival up to a maximum of £4,500 for 2012.
The festival has grown each year since it was introduced in 2003.

Mr Lowson said: «In 2011, the Festival increased the number of available walks from 24 to 28 to encourage people to participate in more walks, to stay longer in the area and to experience the great outdoors in Angus. 2011 was the first year the festival offered ‘All Abilities’ graded walks on each day allowing inexperienced walkers to participate, thus encouraging people to take up walking as a hobby. During the festival, three evening events are organised with the introduction of two new events; a quiz night and a Taste of Angus evening while keeping the traditional Ceilidh on Saturday night.»

«These events are aimed at encouraging people to stay longer in Angus, experience local food and drink and to offer a unique entertainment programme to attract visitors to Angus. In 2009, online booking was introduced to bring in-house the booking and purchasing procedure as this had traditionally been carried out by VisitScotland. In 2010, online purchasing was established so customers can book and pay for their walks and evening events in an efficient and customer friendly manner.»

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