Lichfield District Council launches this year’s visitor guide at a networking event for tourism providers.

Tourism providers and representatives assembled at Drayton Manor on Wednesday 28 February to attend the Lichfield & Tamworth Tourism Networking Event. The event, organised by Lichfield District Council and Tamworth Borough Council to enable tourism providers to meet, was the ideal event to unveil 2018’s Visit Lichfield guide.

Produced by Lichfield District Council, the guide aims to boost visitor numbers by highlighting city and district attractions, events, tours, shops, eateries, visitor accommodation, wedding venues and more.

2018’s edition has news of some memorable dates, including the centenary of the 1918 Armistice. This will see events take place at the National Memorial Arboretum and Lichfield Cathedral, including the Imagine Peace art installation featuring 1,918 trees that will be temporarily planted at the cathedral. In a partnership project with Lichfield District Council’s parks team, the trees will then be taken to Beacon Park from November, to create a Peace Woodland.

Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park is also celebrating its twentieth anniversary, the Lichfield Garrick its fifteenth and Thomas Land at Drayton Manor its tenth.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Environment & Development Services at Lichfield District Council, said: “Tourism plays a hugely important role in the economic vitality of the district, and our 2018 Visit Lichfield guide is a great resource to show off all that we have to offer visitors. From days out and places to visit, through to where to eat and stay, it has all you need to plan a brilliant trip.

“On top of the Imagine Peace project and 20 years of Lichfield Proms celebrations, we have a wealth of events taking place throughout the year, including four Drive-in Movies at Beacon Park, the Bower, Fuse, Burntwood Wakes, The Lichfield Festival, Lichfield Food Festival, the Heritage Weekend and many more.”

Around 60,000 copies of the Visit Lichfield guide have already been distributed to tourism providers across the country. The networking event also gave the council’s Visit Lichfield team the opportunity to present the new What’s On guide that is hot of the press. This features local events from March through to the end of August, including Easter and summer holiday activities, festivals, markets, village shows and more.

Both the Visit Lichfield 2018 guides and the What’s On brochures are available from Tourist Information at Lichfield Library and can be downloaded online at www.visitlichfield.co.uk/download