Future Of Walk Scilly Being Discussed Today

walkers on strandThe future of the Walk Scilly event will be discussed in a meeting today.

The event, which took place in March, was the 7th annual walking festival for the islands and was organised at fairly short notice by the Islands Partnership.

Partnership manager, Amanda Pender, says today’s meeting is to talk about how well it went and to decide if and how it will be organised next year.

Walk leaders and members of the tourism industry in Scilly have been invited.

From Radio Scilly

Amanda Pender on the Future of Walk Scilly

Amanda says Walk Scilly was incredibly successful in its early years and brought a large number of people to the islands although it doesn’t quite do that any more.

But she feels there could be huge potential for the festival in the future.

Amanda says the community need to decide what they want from it. It was originally designed as a way to ‘kick start’ the season, but Amanda says if people want to make it the best walking event possible, then March isn’t a good time.

There’s still a question mark over who’ll organise future festivals and Amanda wouldn’t be drawn on whether the Islands Partnership would shoulder that responsibility again next year.

She says there are some very active people in the community who are excellent at organising events and they might want to take this on.

It also takes away time from the partnership’s important job of marketing the islands, she added.

By having a meeting this early, Amanda says, they can decide what needs to be done and ensure they market the event effectively. Contact details were taken from this year’s attendees, which could help that effort, she says.

The meeting is open to anyone who wants to discuss Walk Scilly and is being held in the Church Pavilion at 1.30pm.

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