Help make 2015 just as successful at Sacrewell

Sacrewell 90,000 visitor EMN-150501-123922001
Sacrewell 90,000 visitor EMN-150501-123922001
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A charity which marked a record-breaking year at its visitor centre is looking for more volunteers to help it continue its success in 2015.

The William Scott Abbott Trust, which owns Sacrewell near Wansford, celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and ended its semi-centennial year by recording 91,308 visitors.

The previous record was set in 2011 with just shy of 86,000 visitors.

Marketing executive Megan Allen said: “It’s an amazing achievement for everyone who works at Sacrewell to reach such heights in our golden year.

“Credit has to go to all of the staff who work 365 days a year, come rain or shine to provide our visitors with a fun and educational visitor experience.”

She also thanked everyone who had supported the farm during 2014.

Sacrewell welcomed its 90,000th visitor through the door on December 23 and awarded them with an annual membership and a free visit to Father Christmas.

Lucy Squance and her children Amelie, four, and Daniel, eight, popped in from Gamlingay near St Neots.

But the year’s success was not just down to chance. The Trust invested a lot of time and money into Sacrewell last year to ensure its success.

In April Sacrewell opened its new Playbarn with updated equipment to cater for younger visitors. Its 18th Century grade II* watermill closed in the summer for a complete £1.7m restoration part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Sacrewell’s programme of events begins on January 24 with an open day to showcase everything the visitors centre has to offer-from agricultural education to camping and caravanning. People can also find out more about volunteering opportunities at the farm - an ideal way to meet new people and learn new skills.

Visitors can take advantage of free entry for one day only and there will be tasters, information and a 20 per cent discount off new memberships on the day.