Rufford Abbey stocks new Chad tourist CD

NMAC11-2924-2'Stephen Thirkill at Rufford Abbey
NMAC11-2924-2'Stephen Thirkill at Rufford Abbey

A CHAD audio CD which takes listeners on a fascinating trek around some of Nottinghamshire’s best tourist attractions is now on sale at Rufford Abbey.

The CD takes listeners on interesting and informative trips through the ages to bring you the sights, sounds, charm and history of seven unique locations.

Each individual guide lasts between 25 and 40 minutes, with Southwell Workhouse, Newstead Abbey, Chatsworth House, Hardwick Hall, King’s Mill Reservoir, Teversal Trails and Clumber Park the featured attractions.

Lynn Negus, retail manager at Nottinghamshire County Council, said the guide was a brilliant way of boosting local tourism.

“The CD is a great way of promoting tourism across the whole county,” she said.

“We get visitors coming from all over the country and it is good to show off all that Nottinghamshire has to offer.

“When people think of tourism in Nottinghamshire they often just think of Sherwood Forest, but there is much more to what we offer than just Sherwood Forest.

“There are many different aspects to our tourist industry and there is something for everyone.”

Rufford Abbey is currently one of the best performing tourist attractions in the county, with around 500,000 visitors enjoying the abbey throughout 2011.

And Lynn believes the abbey’s success is down to the diverse range of attractions on offer.

“The abbey is a perfect place to be, especially if it is sunny,” she said.

“You can come here and enjoy a walk and a picnic, a meal in our restaurant or cafe, shopping. arts and crafts as well as the history of the abbey. There is plenty to offer for all tastes.

“People can also come here for the afternoon and they don’t actually have to spend anything.

“With people feeling the pinch at the moment, we are getting more and more people visiting the abbey than going further afield.”

During the series presenter Stephen Thirkill takes a step back in time to learn about the success of a national social experiment at Southwell Workhouse and what made the world-famous Lord Byron tick during a special behind-the-scenes visit to Newstead Abbey.

Stephen also explores the magnificent Chatsworth House and learns about the fascinating life of Bess of Hardwick.

And nature lovers are also in for a treat as Stephen tours the picturesque King’s Mill Reservoir, the beautiful Teversal Trails, and Clumber Park, where he learns all about the battle to conserve, preserve and thrive.

This great triple CD is now on offer for only £7.99.

So to get your copy call The Chad on 01623 456789 or email promotions@chad.co.uk or visit Rufford Abbey.

Rufford Abbey, which offers 150 acres of historic parkland, woodland and gardens in the North Nottinghamshire area known as the Dukeries, is currently preparing for a series of winter events, including a Christmas crafts fair and Santa’s Grotto.

The site is best known for its impressively-preserved Cistercian abbey remains, which date back to around 1170.

Visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/ruffordcp for all the latest events at Rufford Abbey.