Tourist Information Centres
Make the most of your stay in South East England with a visit to the region's Tourist Information Centres.
To see the full potential that South East England offers, visitors are encouraged to make the Tourist Information Centres their first port of call when selecting, travelling or reaching a destination.
The experienced staff offer visitors unrivalled customer service and access to an extensive range of local, regional and national information. Many Tourist Information Centres offer services such as accommodation booking, route planning and tickets for events and the theatre. In addition, Tourist Information Centres can be the ideal place to purchase maps, books, guides and gifts, making your memories of South East England last a little bit longer.
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Buckingham - Tourist Information Centre
Petersfield and East Hampshire Tourist Information Centre annual open day
Friday 28th April
Petersfield and East Hampshire Tourist Information Centre hosted its annual open day and tourism leaflet exchange on Friday 28th April with great success.
Members of the public, local residents, councillors and community groups attended the event which was formerly opened with speeches by constituency MP, Damian Hinds, Chief Executive of Tourism South East, Nigel Smith and East Hampshire District Councillor Glynis Watts.
Over 25 visitor attractions and tourism businesses were represented on the day to share information about events and programmes for 2017. Staff at the Centre were able to showcase the wide variety of services that the TIC has to offer for both visitors and residents alike and the event was covered with regular updates on social media.
East Hampshire plays host to many events this year to celebrate the work of two great literary authors, Jane Austen and Edward Thomas.
As part of the Open day, children from local schools performed a variety of recitals from Jane Austen novels and songs and music from the time of the Great War.
Throughout the event, members of the public were offered a variety of delicious free food and drink samples from a number of local Hampshire Producers.
Upwards of 200 visitors attended to find out what’s happening across East Hampshire for 2017 and were able to meet and speak to representatives from the best attractions across the district.
TIC Manager Graham Haynes said ‘2017 will be a very important year for tourism for the district, so it has been wonderful to have so many of our best visitor attractions here today and the response from the public has been fantastic ’. Damian Hinds and Nigel Smith paid tribute to the work of the TIC staff and highlighted the value of tourism to the local economy.
News from Romsey Tourist Information Centre
On 16th July, Romsey TIC held a Dinosaur Day at the centre, with staff from Paultons Park and a visiting dinosaur, Roary, promoting their new Lost Kingdom world of dinosaurs.
There were many prizes to be won and the children had great fun guessing the names of the dinosaurs and other questions in our quiz.
Romsey TIC celebrated English Tourism Week by offering lucky visitors and residents the opportunity to have a personal tour of Romsey Signal Box – a unique and special attraction and one of the town’s gems.
The group met at the TIC giving the opportunity to network over refreshments, enter a quiz and learn more about the wide range of services offered at the centre. Guests included The Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Iris Anderson and the Mayor of Romsey, Cllr Dorothy Baverstock.
East Hampshire TIC celebrates English Tourism Week
‘East Hampshire TIC decided to mark English Tourism Week by organizing an Open Day and tourism leaflet exchange on Friday 11th March. To showcase the breadth and variety of visitor attractions across East Hampshire, the TIC played host to over 20 businesses from within the tourism industry. Many of the district’s major attractions such as Jane Austen’s House Museum, The Watercress Line and Gilbert White’s House were given the chance to highlight their events and guides for the coming year. Along with the South Downs National Park Authority and Queen Elizabeth Country Park, a number of local accommodation providers were present at the event.
With major events planned over the next few years, tourism is set to play an increasingly important part in East Hampshire’s economy. A number of attractions such as The Petersfield Museum and Chawton House Library were able to showcase exciting expansion projects for the coming years.
Along with members of the public, many prominent local councillors attended the event as well as East Hampshire MP, Damian Hinds. Mr Hinds, a strong supporter of local tourism, took the time to visit each of the businesses and commented that the event had highlighted East Hampshire’s healthy local tourism industry.
As well as hosting the event, the TIC took full opportunity to highlight the full range of services available to its visitors. Using an overhead projector the TIC maintained a live twitter feed throughout the event. The TIC twitter activity resulted in lots of re-tweets from many of the tourism businesses throughout the afternoon.
Damian Hinds and centre manager Graham Haynes were interviewed by press officers for several local newspapers and magazines which covered the event. In all the Open day was a great success, with many businesses suggesting that it should be held as an annual event.’
Romsey TIC news
HRH Princess Anne was welcomed by the people of Romsey, when she unveiled a glorious statue of a War Horse to commemorate Romsey’s role in the First World War.
With ‘Joey’ on hand, from the War Horse stage production, to keep the crowds at bay, it was a wonderful day of music and ceremony enjoyed by all in the sunshine.
The TIC staff were honoured and proud to be invited to the Memorial Park to watch the event.