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Banffshire Coast News

Fordyce Joinery Workshop celebrates its 21st anniversary
Aug 7th 2014

Fordyce Joinery Workshop and Visitor Centre, one of the North-east's more unusual historic and cultural visitor attractions, is currently celebrating its 21st anniversary.

A registered museum, it was set up to help visitors "discover the importance of the rural carpenter to the local community in the days before mass-produced goods, with displays of early tools and audio-visual presentations."

With admission free and open to the public all-year round, the centre offers visitors the opportunity to watch craftsmen working with wood using historic workshop machinery and the chance to relax in its Victoria-style garden.

Located in the picturesque village's West Church Street, the complex was taken into local authority control in 1972 and officially opened as a visitor centre in 1993 after it was leased from Aberdeenshire Council by the Fordyce Community Association.

The Community Association decided it would offer the facilities to volunteers with an open bench policy, allowing anybody who wanted to work there to rent workshop space and take on the role of "live" exhibits.  There is currently a team of 15 volunteers who work at the centre; they are in the early stages of developing the "living, working museum" theme, but with public support they intend to introduce new crafts, such as traditional knitting, crochet and patchwork, to add to the woodworkers; they hope to establish a rota to allow more local volunteers to join in the activities.  They also hope to open a tea and coffee area, so the facility can also function as a drop-in centre for the local community.  The focus is to become a crafts hub to encourage the participation of the local community, while developing the facilites for the future.

New! Mobile website for the Banffshire Coast
Nov 3rd 2011

Great news for the Banffshire Coast Tourism Partnership. Our new mobile website is now live on-line, and available to all who use their mobile phones to access the internet.

This is the future! It means that folk in their cars, or in the street can find out where to go, where to shop, where to eat, where to stay etc in our area, just with a few clicks on their mobiles.

The Banffshire Coast mobile website includes some minor mods to make it easier to use and to read on small  phone screens.

Thanks go to our IT gurus at blue square for creating it.

If you don’t have an internet enabled  phone, you can get a look at the mobile website on:  http://m.banffshirecoast.com/  To see how it actually  looks on a phone screen, make your viewing window much narrower. (Of course, it is much smaller on a phone too.)

Banffshire Coast Tourist Group Awarded Promotional Boost
Sep 30th 2011

Banffshire Coast Tourist Partnership were recently awarded £35,000 funding from a combination of the Rural Tourism Business Support project, the VisitScotland Growth Fund and Aberdeenshire Council.

Over the next 18 months, tourism businesses along the Banffshire Coast will have the opportunity to participate in several significant marketing initiatives, thanks to a recent funding award of £35,000.

The funding, from a combination of the Rural Tourism Business Support project, the VisitScotland Growth Fund and Aberdeenshire Council, will enable the Banffshire Coast Tourism Group to further develop and market the Banffshire Coast as a highly attractive visitor destination.

Roger Goodyear, Chair of the Banffshire Coast Tourism Partnership, commented: "This award is a fantastic opportunity to promote our area to both first time and returning visitors, and follows on from a very successful short marketing campaign run at the beginning of this year which resulted in visits to our website (www.banffshirecoast.com) rising by more than 1500%."

The four marketing initiatives fall under two themes - Outdoor and Ancestral.  A full-colour 48-page pocket Area Guide, to be distributed throughout Scotland and the Banffshire area, will contain high-quality imagery and editorial content to encourage both visits to and wider exploration of the area.  The other three initiatives will focus on the area's strengths of Marine Life, Walking and Birdwatching, and Ancestral.  They will all involve a combination of activities, including the creation of new sections for the website, e-flyer campaigns to targeted market segments, PR trips and familiarisation visits, as well as social media campaigns.  All four initiatives will provide tourism businesses in the area excellent opportunities to advertise their own individual offering.

Roger Goodyear commented further:  "The Banffshire Coast has a wide range of tourism attractions and services, but these have never been brought together in a way which is 'visitor friendly'.  The planned campaigns will draw all of these elements together in one place and promote comprehensive packages and itineraries to those with these specific interests - for the very first time.  We will be showing visitors just how they can spend their time in our area - whether one day, a few days or longer.  By focussing on the web and social media, we will be able to achieve more significant results than the traditional advertising routes which are out of the reach of our budget, as well as utilising the most up-to-date promotional tools.  We are very grateful to our 3 funding partners - without whom we would not be in a position to make this step change in tourism on the Banffshire Coast."

For more information, please contact:  Zillah Jamieson, Director, Banffshire Coast Tourism Partnership Limited; 01542 840314; zillahj@btinternet.com

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