The finalists for Lancashire Tourism Superstar 2018, the only award in the Lancashire Tourism Awards to be nominated and decided by the public, have been announced and we now need you to help us win!
The special award highlights the contribution of outstanding individuals who have made a real impact on the visitor experience of Lancashire – those people who go the extra mile to bring to life the history and culture of our county and its attractions.
Since returning to the family seat, James Whewell has revolutionised the offer at Wyresdale Park, an 800-acre estate of woodland, pasture and upland fell and lakes. As well as Launching The Apple Store Café, located in a characterful glasshouse in a beautiful walled garden, Wyresdale Park also hosts high-end camping, offers fishing and shooting and events and weddings – the latter in a former derelict sheep barn. Co-worker shared office spaces have also been established, under James’ guidance, to assist start-ups and establish a creative community.
James, who returned to Lancashire after working in the south establishing art and music festivals, has worked to re-establish Nicky Nook as a must-visit destination in Lancashire and has boosted Wyresdale Park and Lancashire’s profile to outside of the county borders with appearances on Drew Pritchard’s Salvage Hunters, Country House Rescue and a profile in the Financial Times about diversifying country estates. He is also working on providing eco holidays. Wyresdale is now a multi-functional tourist destination designed to attract visitors inside and outside of the county.