MP celebrates best of Somerset’s tourist attractions

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 April 2018

Visit Somerset chairman Hugh Cornwell and MP James Heappey with Petruth Paddocks owner Jules Sayer.

Visit Somerset chairman Hugh Cornwell and MP James Heappey with Petruth Paddocks owner Jules Sayer.

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A politician marked English Tourism Week by visiting the best local attractions.

Wells MP James Heappey explored Cheddar’s best tourist spots as part of the national event.

He tried out some cheese at the Cheddar Cheese Company and visited camping business Petruth Paddocks, as well as explored Unity Garm’s £4million country club development in Brean.

He also spoke to the team at Rookery Manor, in Edithmead, about their rapidly growing events business.

Mr Heappey said: “The tourism sector in Somerset is so important and we are doing very well.

“Visitor numbers are growing year on year, which is great.

“But, it is my view that we can get more from the visitor economy if we learn to market ourselves properly.

“For too long, Somerset has been the drive-through county on the way to the far South West and we need to do more to show that we have a huge amount to offer here.”

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