Working in a Winter Wonderland!

04.11.2010

Please find below information on Kielder Winter Wonderland (December dates sold out – November dates still available) –
pre-booking is essential as tickets are not available on-site. Pictures show last year’s event – more images available on request.

Workers in a rural part of Northumberland will benefit from extended seasonal employment thanks to the return of one of the Tyne Valley’s most successful events this Christmas.

The hugely popular Kielder Winter Wonderland event in Kielder
Water & Forest Park allows more of Northumbrian Water’s leisure
team employees to work all year round.

Kevin Hudson, Northumbrian Water leisure manager, said: “It’s a magical event and we get great feedback from visitors every year. Northumbrian Water can extend seasonal employment so staff stay on to work at the onsite Boat Inn restaurant and bar and even become woodland elves.

“Winter Wonderland also enables us to give local accommodation providers extra trade out of peak season. To top it off, the children in the region get to have a lovely time!”

Geoff Hodgson, chairman of the North East Tourism Advisory Board, added: “It’s fantastic to hear of tourism boosting employment in the region, especially in such a rural area as Kielder,
the most remote village in England.”

The event sees Leaplish Waterside Park, on the shores of Kielder Water, transformed into a Winter Wonderland full of surprises and attractions for the whole family. Throughout the day long experience visitors will meet woodland elves to guide them through the forest, some of Santa’s friends busying away for Christmas and even the main man himself.

The popular event sells out every year and with some remaining dates available, visitors are being encouraged to book now to avoid disappointment. Highlights include Santa’s secret hideaway, Elves’ workshop, Christmas theatre, arts and crafts and snow tubing. In addition, everyone receives a Christmas gift to take away.

Kevin added: “Families wishing to have that extended Christmas experience can stay for the weekend and cosy up in one of the luxury Scandinavian style lodges at Leaplish. There are still a few available but again, we urge visitors to book in advance to avoid disappointment.”

Remaining Winter Wonderland dates available are weekends throughout November (December has sold out). Booking is essential and subject to availability. Tickets are not sold on site. Book early to avoid disappointment - 0845 155 1553 or visit www.nwl.co.uk/winterwonderland.

A day pass, including all of the activities, costs £28.50 per person. For children under the age of one the cost is £5. A booking fee of £4.50 also applies. (Food and drinks are not included in the price). Lines are open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Kielder Water & Forest Park now has an official Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Kielder-Water-Forest-Park/168691273143325

Kielder Water & Forest Park, which spans 250 square miles, is home to the largest forest in England and the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. It was recently voted the most tranquil place in England by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. For more information go to www.visitkielder.com.

For more information contact Philippa Clark, communications advisor (Kielder Water & Forest Park), on 0191 301 5538, 07970 897 756 or philippa.clark@nwl.co.uk.

Notes to editor:

The Kielder Partnership is a public, voluntary and private sector collaboration working to develop Kielder Water & Forest Park as an inspirational place for leisure, exploration and fun.

Partners are Calvert Trust Kielder, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Northumberland County Council, Northumbrian Water plus representation from community groups. Northumberland Wildlife Trust is an associate member.

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