The Destination Nene Valley partnership has officially launched a new website promoting the delights of the valley ahead of the 6th Nene Valley Festival which runs from 14 – 22 September.
Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund via Nenescape Landscape Partnership Scheme and delivered by the Environment Agency, Nene Park Trust, East Northamptonshire Council and the Nenescape team and produced by One to One Development Trust, our new site nenevalley.net showcases the tourism on offer to visitors and residents with information on places to stay and eat, attractions to explore, maps and a full events calendar throughout the year.
The Nene Valley stretches from Northampton to Peterborough and the annual festival will kick off at Cathedral Square in Peterborough on Saturday 14 September with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11am attended by members of the Destination Nene Valley board and local dignitaries, with family fun activities on offer at Cathedral Square and from 11am – 4pm.
Cllr Sarah Peacock, East Northamptonshire Councillor and Board Member for the Destination Nene Valley project, said:
“We are very excited to officially unveil the new Nene Valley website and the whole team have been working very hard alongside our partner organisations to make sure the website is the best it can possibly be and really showcases the Nene Valley.
“We are delighted to be able to launch it to coincide with the annual Nene Valley Festival which highlights all the wonderful areas and attractions we have along the River Nene.”
Ian Bliss, Waterways Partnerships Manager at the Environment Agency, added:
“The Environment Agency has been working successfully with East Northamptonshire Council, the Nenescape Project and Nene Park Trust to develop a new fully interactive website for Destination Nene Valley to promote the river and its surrounding valley. We are really pleased with the outcome and look forward to continue working in partnership with these organisations to further promote the River Nene as a tourist destination for boaters and other river users”.
Nenescape Project Manager, Amanda Johnson said:
“At Nenescape we are proud to have received Heritage Lottery funding to deliver projects that benefit our local communities. The new website alongside this year’s festival is a fantastic representation of our progress to date.
“We hope that people will get out and attend as many events as possible across the duration of the Nene Valley Festival and then continue to visit the valley throughout the year.”
This year’s festival is coinciding with National Heritage Open Days event, with Peterborough’s Heritage Open Days weekend taking place from 13-15 September.