The Vision Group is involved in these crucial aspects of life in the Sid Valley.
Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan
The SVNP’s Economic Resilience, Community & Culture and Port Royal sections have a lot on promoting art, culture and tourism:
Town Council Tourism TAFF
In June 2019, the Tourism and Economy Committee looked at an outline Tourism and Promotion Strategy:
To progress the production of a Tourism Strategy based on clear and relevant evidence, it is recommended that a small Task and Finish Forum be created to co-ordinate, draft and recommend such a document to the Tourism and Economy Committee. Such a TaFF could call on advertising specialists, accommodation providers, businesses and other organisations as needed.
The committee then “agreed that an informed and targeted strategy was desirable to help promote tourism and better understand visitors to the area.”
The Vision Group was asked to contribute evidence to the TAFF – and sent in the following:
The UK government’s “First tourism sector deal will prepare Britain for an extra 9 million visitors per year” was announced in June 2019:
In 2017, the various festivals across the Valley were brought together:
Several of these festivals feature on the home page of the VGS website:
And among the commercial festivals:
Sidmouth Food Festival
There are other ideas out there – inspired by projects elsewhere:
Here is a great overview of all the festivals, produced as a leaflet by the parish church:
From the news pages and the archive: