Rotherham venues help put region on tourism map

A NUMBER of “unique” Rotherham attractions, including a Grade I-listed country house and a theme park, are playing a part in a new partnership to boost tourism in the region.

The South Yorkshire Local Visitor Economy Partnership is a collaboration between South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority and the region's four local authorities and is aimed at sharing priorities and targets to grow the local visitor economy.

The LVEP has been developed by Visit England and will be led by Sheffield City Council.

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South Yorkshire Mayor Oliver Coppard said: “Here in South Yorkshire, we couldn’t be more proud of our world class music, landscapes, festivals and sport. We’re the birthplace of football and the home of snooker, we powered the Industrial Revolution and have England’s oldest national park. We celebrate art, music and literature like nowhere else.

“And now we have a new opportunity to share our beauty, our history, our culture, and our talent with the rest of our world.

"Our new Local Visitor Economy Partnership, being developed with the support of Visit England, will give visitors from far and wide the chance to explore and experience South Yorkshire in all its glory. I’m excited to see that partnership develop across all of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.”

Rotherham Council’s cabinet member for social inclusion, Cllr David Sheppard, said: “Wentworth Woodhouse, Magna Science Adventure Centre, Gulliver’s Valley and Rother Valley and Thrybergh Country Parks are big drivers of Rotherham’s visitor economy and the accreditation will help celebrate and promote these attractions and the green spaces that are unique to Rotherham’s heritage.”