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CLA North: Tourism Forum

Top speakers at CLA Rural Tourism Seminar in Cumbria

The 2019 CLA Rural Tourism Seminar, supported by cottages.com and Rural Solutions, will take place on Tuesday 26 March at Rookin House Farm, Troutbeck (near Penrith), CA11 0SS, starting at 10.30am (registration at 10am), and finishing at 3.15pm.

The event is aimed at rural businesses that are either setting out, or looking to grow an existing tourism business, with top notch advisers and operators on hand to answer delegate queries. CLA President Tim Breitmeyer will open and chair the event. 

The morning session’s line-up of expert speakers, who will focus on related national policies, funding and regional support, include:

  • Gill Haigh, Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism
  • Nigel Wilkinson, Windermere Lakes Cruises and Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Dr Charles Trotman, CLA Senior Rural Business Adviser and Economist

Prior to lunch, a best practice session which will explore real-life cases from the local area:

  • Ruth Tuer, owner of Crake Trees Manor near Penrith runs a superior Bed & Breakfast operation, alongside camping and glamping pods
  • Ian Pye, from Old Holly Farm which is a multi-award winning working dairy farm, open to the public with a play barn, shop, café, and ice cream production facility
  • Debbie Hogg, owner of Rookin House and the associated Lakeland Activities which offers a wide variety of outdoor activities

After lunch, the afternoon will include a session hosted by CLA partners from cottages.com and Rural Solutions to provide their professional perspectives on diversifying for tourism:

  • Rob Hindle, Executive Director / Head of Advisory at Rural Solutions
  • Simon Law, Vice President (Product) cottages.com

The seminar will conclude with a first-hand tour of Rookin House Farm by its owner Debbie Hogg.

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Event Details

Tuesday 26 March 2019
10:00AM - 3:15PM
Rookin House, Troutbeck, Penrith, CA11 0SS
20 + VAT (Members)
25 + VAT (Non-members)
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