Sherwood Tourist Information Centre celebrates 25th birthday

NMAC12-1653-1''Jill Clifton, Debbie Hibbert, Gail Perry and Ann Beaumont pictured with the 25th anniversery cake at Ollerton's Tourist Information Centre on Tuesday
NMAC12-1653-1''Jill Clifton, Debbie Hibbert, Gail Perry and Ann Beaumont pictured with the 25th anniversery cake at Ollerton's Tourist Information Centre on Tuesday

OLLERTON’S Sherwood Tourist Information Centre (TIC) has now been helping visitors to the area for a quarter of a century.

The tourist hub, at Sherwood Heath, has welcomed more than 1.2m visitors from across the world since opening its doors to the public on 22nd June 1987.

Centre staff provide a range of information for tourists visiting the Newark and Sherwood area, and workers are often presented with queries and requests - including some unusual ones.

Tourist information officer Debbie Hibbert, who has been at the centre for 21 years, said: “One of the first questions I was asked when I started was a lady wanting to know where she could hire a camel.

“It was before the days of the internet so people called us because they figured we could help them, regardless of their question.

“We still get strange questions - a lady called recently asking for help with filling in her self-assessment tax return.”

Maps, guides, souvenirs and local produce are all available at the centre.

The age of the internet has also had an impact on the role of the TIC in modern tourism.

But although people can book their own accommodation on-line, Debbie says the TIC still offers a valuable face-to-face service.

“Just the other day two Australian ladies driving through the area to the south needed overnight accommodation at short notice. Everywhere we tried was booked but we eventually found them a room nearby. What would they have done without our help?”