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Calvert Trust Kielder Partner in England's Best Tourism Experience

Kielder Water & Forest Park collecting their Award

As a partner in Kielder Water & Forest Park, Calvert Trust Kielder is celebrating, after winning gold in the England Best Tourism Experience. 

Kielder Water & Forest Park won the prestigious honour at the VisitEngland 2013 Awards for Excellence held  at Old Trafford in Manchester and has been officially recognised as the best tourism experience in the country.

Elisabeth Rowark, Director, Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, said:

“We are thrilled to have been recognised as the very best tourism experience in the whole of the country and it was a great honour to represent North East England at these top national awards.

Our members across the Park in the last year have enjoyed an increase in the number of visitors to their attractions to nearly 370,000 and the best has yet to come.

This year will see exciting developments including our bid for Dark Sky Park status, growth of the art and architecture programme, capital developments across several of our visitor centres and an ever growing, action packed event programme that is attracting visitors from across the UK.”

Peter Cockerill, CEO, Calvert Trust Kielder, said:

“The evening was a tremendous success and we are delighted to be partners of the Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust.  When it was announced that we had won the gold award we got the biggest cheer of the night and it is a huge achievement for the North East."

Kielder Water & Forest Park, which spans 250 square miles, is home to the largest forest in England and the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. It was voted the most tranquil place in England by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. For more information go to



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