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Lovebirds Flock to Ribble Valley Wedding Heaven

Ribble Valley Deputy Mayor Bridget Hilton with popular wedding entertainer Richard Cropper.
Ribble Valley Deputy Mayor Bridget Hilton with popular wedding entertainer Richard Cropper.
Published Monday, 15 December 2014

Lovebirds look set to flock to Ribble Valley thanks to the borough council’s latest tourism initiative.

Ribble Valley Wedding Heaven was launched at Eaves Hall, West Bradford, by the borough’s deputy mayor, Bridget Hilton.

Ribble Valley Wedding Heaven is a partnership between 15 venues licensed for marriage ceremonies and civil partnerships that have come together to promote the borough as a premier wedding destination.

Ribble Valley boasts a large number of wedding venues, among them hotels, manor houses, stately homes, historic churches and the iconic Clitheroe Castle. It also offers an abundance of accommodation, as well as artistic and creative wedding suppliers.

Robert Thompson, chairman of council’s community services committee, said: “The council recognises the economic importance and future potential of wedding tourism, the value of which goes way beyond the income generated by venues and specialist services.

“The impact of wedding guests staying, dining and shopping in the borough is significant and attracting first-time visitors offers valuable opportunities for repeat tourism visits.

“Weddings provide a fantastic showcase for Ribble Valley and its businesses and by forging the Wedding Heaven partnership the council is working to establish the area as a premier wedding destination.”

The council’s tourism and events officer, Tom Pridmore, added: “Ribble Valley has an outstanding range of wedding venues set in some of the most stunning scenery in the UK.

“In a unique partnership, believed to be the first in the country, wedding venues are working together to promote Ribble Valley as a premier destination for weddings, just as it is for food.”

Ribble Valley is no stranger to tourism success. In 2009, Ribble Valley Borough Council established the area as a premier food destination, after launching the multi-award-winning Ribble Valley Food Trail and Clitheroe Food Festival, which attracts thousands of food enthusiasts to the town every August.

And latest figures show that visitor numbers in Ribble Valley increased by three per cent last year, from 3.5million to 3.61million, with a corresponding increase in tourism spend of seven per cent, from £159.16million to £169.61million.

Further details about Ribble Valley Wedding Heaven are available from ribblevalleyweddingheaven.com

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