Herts Big Weekend returns with free tickets on offer to county’s top tourist attractions

PUBLISHED: 18:50 22 January 2017 | UPDATED: 20:21 22 January 2017

Knebworth House

Knebworth House


Are you ready to claim free tickets to some of the county’s biggest tourist attractions as part of the second Herts Big Weekend?

“We could not have asked for a better welcome last year for the first ever Herts Big Weekend.”

Visit Herts destination manager Sue Lea

Residents across the county are being encouraged to register for the ballot to win tickets to various Hertfordshire tourist attractions, including Knebworth House and Hatfield Park Farm.

Registration for Herts Big Weekend opens on February 9, where hundreds of free pairs of tickets for a host of venues and fun-filled activities across the county will be up for grabs.

A huge variety of tourist attractions and related businesses will be opening their doors or offering special gifts to lucky ticket holders on Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2, as part of Visit Herts’ second celebration of the county’s tourism industry.

Some of Herts’ biggest attractions have signed up to this year’s event, including St Albans Cathedral, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Vertigo Adventures in Welwyn Garden City, Rye House Kart Raceway, Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne, The XC, Willows Activity Farm, Lee Valley White Water Centre, Lee Valley Park Farms, Natural History Museum Tring, Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation and Henry Moore Studios & Gardens.

St Albans CathedralSt Albans Cathedral

Experiences on offer include magical studio tours and stunning stately homes, private cathedral tours, close encounters with wild animals, and thrilling white water or high wire experiences.

Sue Lea, destination manager at Visit Herts, said: “We could not have asked for a better welcome last year for the first ever Herts Big Weekend.

“All the participating attractions got into the spirit of the weekend, and we received some brilliant feedback from all involved.

“The Big Weekend is a fantastic way to kick-start the tourist season, but it’s also a great way to re-ignite people’s passion for Hertfordshire among those who should be its biggest advocates – the residents.

Interactor in front of Great Hall doors at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Leavesden [Picture: 2016 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc]Interactor in front of Great Hall doors at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Leavesden [Picture: 2016 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc]

“We’re really looking forward to seeing what year two has in store for us now, and we are confident it will be bigger and better than before.

“We have a brand new website platform, we’ve been overwhelmed by the support from tourism attractions across Herts and the range of visitor experiences on offer, and we hope more will follow.”

There is still time for more tourism attractions to get involved in the celebrations by offering extra tickets.

Interested businesses should contact the Visit Herts team by January 25 to be included. Contact bigweekend@visitherts.co.uk

Tigers at Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne [Picture: Paradise Wildlife Park]Tigers at Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne [Picture: Paradise Wildlife Park]

Herts Big Weekend was set up to promote Hertfordshire’s incredible attractions and sights, and to encourage residents to discover how much there is to see and do in their home county.

The event is also part of English Tourism Week, which highlights the importance of tourism as one of the fastest growing sectors in the national economy.

Herts residents can apply for as many tickets as they like at www.hertsbigweekend.co.uk from February 9 to March 3.

Two tickets per household will then be allocated at random by ballot. Some family tickets will also be available.

The magnificent St Albans Cathedral is taking part in the second Herts Big Weekend [Picture: St Albans Cathedral]The magnificent St Albans Cathedral is taking part in the second Herts Big Weekend [Picture: St Albans Cathedral]

Last year, more than 13,000 people applied for tickets to the launch event.

Anyone who signs up to the Visit Herts newsletter will get exclusive early access to the ballot.

Additional tickets have also been donated by attractions to the event’s chosen charity, The Family Holiday Association.

Sue added: “Last year we saw the Herts Big Weekend give hundreds of Herts residents some brilliant opportunities to discover what’s happening in their home county.

About Visit Herts

• Visit Herts is the destination management organisation for the county of Hertfordshire.

• Hertfordshire County Council and Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership awarded the county’s tourism service to destination management specialists Go to Places on a two-year contract following an open competitive tender process in 2015.

• For further information tweet @visithertsuk, or visit www.visitherts.co.uk

“As the UK continues to experience a boom in staycations, events like the Big Weekend help to highlight just how many there is to see and do right on our doorstep.

“Also by helping our residents to connect with local tourism attractions and leisure experience, they are more likely to act as ambassadors for visiting friends and relatives during their stays.

“So please go to www.hertsbigweekend.co.uk and take a look at the great range of attractions participating – you will be surprised at what you find.”

• To register and to see the full list of attractions taking part, visit https://www.hertsbigweekend.co.uk/

For more information about Hertfordshire, visit www.visitherts.co.uk

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