Sunday, 19 September 2021

Come to lovely Goring

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to promote Goring as a tourist destination.

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to promote Goring as a tourist destination.

The scheme, organised by the Goring Gap Business Network and other volunteers, consists of a website and a 32-page visitor guide, which is available in print or as a digital book.

Both list hotels, pubs, restaurants, country walks and other attractions in the area and give a brief history of the village.

There is also a four-minute video showing the sights of Goring, the neighbouring village of Streatley and the surrounding countryside.

More than 13,000 copies of the guide have been produced and are being sent to tourist information centres, National Trust properties, boatyards, hotels and other tourist spots.

The campaign says Goring is ?the perfect riverside destination for a short break? and encourages people to arrive by train or boat to avoid causing congestion on the roads.

Organisers believe it is especially suited to ?green? tourists who will ?value and respect the beautiful surroundings?. They spent a year researching the idea by consulting tourism experts and local businesses as well as arranging focus groups.

Co-organiser Richard Roberts, of the business network, said: ?We want to actively promote the area and encourage more visitors while being sensitive to the issues some naturally beautiful locations experience due to tourism.

?The objective is to promote the natural and cultural assets and Goring and Streatley?s welcoming hospitality while preserving their unique and peaceful character and environment.

?Like most small rural communities, we need visitors to keep the shops, pubs and other high street businesses trading profitably throughout the year, not just in the summer season.

?This will encourage people to stay for a night or couple of nights in all seasons rather than just coming for a day trip in the summer.?

The cost of printing the guide was paid by Goring Parish Council and South Oxfordshire District Council and sponsorship from local businesses.

The book was produced by Ron Bridle, the website by Bernard Novell and the video by Colin Silvester, who all live in Goring.

For more information, visit www.visitgoringandstreatley.co.uk

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