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Best summer yet for Sacrewell

Staff at Sacrewell, near Thornhaugh, which celebrated its best ever summer in 2015. Jack Pishhorn and Anna Mackman. EMN-150921-101114001
Staff at Sacrewell, near Thornhaugh, which celebrated its best ever summer in 2015. Jack Pishhorn and Anna Mackman. EMN-150921-101114001

A heritage farm attraction near Wansford is celebrating its most successful summer on record, following the announcement of an overall growth in the sector across the region last year.

Visit England last week announced that visitor attractions in the East of England had the biggest increase in visitor numbers across the country in 2014, with heritage and farming attractions at the forefront with a 10 per cent rise.

Sacrewell, which is part of the William Scott Abbott Trust, had record footfall numbers last year, but following the opening of its 18th Century Grade II* listed watermill in July has increased its reach even further this year.

Marketing executive Megan Allen said: “We welcomed 21,371 visitors through the door throughout the summer holidays this year, compared to 17,647 in the same time frame last year.

“It already looks like we’ll be setting another record in 2015, thanks to our wonderful visitors.”

Sacrewell said the popularity over the summer was down to the opening of the mill, as well as its fun and educational activities.

“Having spent £1.8m restoring the watermill thanks to part-funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we really do offer something for all age groups.

“Adults are just as fascinated with the story of the mill as children are. It’s great to have captured everyone’s imaginations.”

General manager Debbie Queen says the team is very proud in the increase in footfall and awareness of the charity and its aims.

She said: “I think the figures speak volumes toward what the team here achieves and having an attraction like the watermill only adds to the great offer we have here.

“An increase like this means that we can start to look towards the future of Sacrewell and plan equally as exciting projects to continue to capture that audience and keep spreading the word about our heritage, food and farming.”

To see a video of summer at Sacrewell visit Sacrewell.org.uk.


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