7th Walk Scilly Festival Starts Today

walkers on strandThe 7th annual Walk Scilly festival starts today and it’s first the time that the event has been organised by the new Islands Partnership.

They took over the running of the event late in January and manager Amanda Pender says they’ve done their best to promote the week-long festival, including the 24 walks, in regional press and on social media.

Activities other than walking, such as taster sessions in cycling, horse riding snorkelling and golf, will be featured this year to promote the range of things to do that showcases our islands. There are more islands-based walk leaders this year too.

Amanda wants more pre publicity for the 2014 festival and says tourism staff will be collecting email and contact details from walkers while they are here. Promotion at the Outdoor Tourism show in London in January brought in around 400 email enquiries and Amanda hopes that by starting promotion very early, next year’s event could be even more successful.

From Radio Scilly

Amanda Pender from the Islands Partnership talks about Walk Scilly 2013

The partnership will be looking at how the next week goes to decide what form the festival takes in the future. In particular, they’ll look at whether the run-up to Easter is the best time for the walks and how best to run the event, as a partnership between community and business interests.

Amanda says Walk Scilly has become an important event for the islands’ calendar and if they can put on a spectacular festival this year, then this could benefit the whole community.

The event starts with a Walk for Wellbeing at 2pm from St Mary’s Hall where there’ll also be a opening buffet at 7pm.

A dedicated Walk Scilly information desk will operate in the TIC, where locals and visitors can pickup the free walks guide.

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