Category Archives: Support organisations

Visiting a Heritage Open Day event is good for you

A survey from Heritage Open Days has revealed how the festival that helps connect communities and places also boosts personal wellbeing and local economies. Researchers talked to visitors who enjoyed free access to sites and happenings of historic or cultural interest across England during Heritage Open Days in September 2015. Of survey respondents, 85% said that visiting […]


Looking for Volunteers for ChurchDays and ChurchCare

Churchcare, the website for all those who look after a place of worship, is looking for two volunteers to support two projects over the next 3 months Role 1 – The Church Buildings Council is encouraging parish churches around England to celebrate the Queen’s official 90th birthday in June 2016 by holding exhibitions and festivals […]


Visit England report on visitor numbers to attractions in 2014 shows a decrease in those visiting places of worship

The annual report, Visitor Attraction Trends in England, records visitor numbers alongside other key information such as entrance fees and visitor profiles to English Attractions. In 2014, the report found that certain types of attractions experienced more growth than others. Country parks, gardens, wildlife attractions/ zoos and historic houses / castles all experienced an increase […]


UK Visitor Attractions see 6.5% increase in visitor numbers in 2014

The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) [Alliance member] has announced its members’ visitor figures for 2014 showing an average increase of 6.5% on 2013 visitor numbers. The British Museum remained the most popular visitor attraction overall for the 8th year running with 6,695,213 visitors. In 2nd place was the National Gallery, which saw a 6.4% increase to […]


Tourism Alliance launches Manifesto 2015

The Tourism Alliance has launched its Manifesto outlining a number of detailed asks so that the tourism industry can continue to deliver high levels of growth and employment for the UK. The Manifesto, The Tourism Briefing 2015, argues that even though tourism has been at the forefront of the UK’s economic recovery and is the fifth […]


Triennial Review recommends separation of VisitBritain and VisitEngland

VisitBritain and VisitEngland are to be charged with getting more overseas visitors to travel beyond London to maintain the UK’s tourism boom, the first Triennial Review of the two public-bodies has recommended. Triennial Reviews are a way of reviewing the necessity of non-departmental public bodies, as well as reviewing their functions, performance, control and governance arrangements. The […]


The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions

The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) represents the views and achievements of the country’s foremost visitor attractions to Government, the broader tourism industry, business, media and the public. They promote co-operation, networking, information sharing between our members in order to continually improve the high standards of visitor management and visitor experience.


The Greater Churches Network

The Greater Churches Network is an informal association of non-cathedral churches which, by virtue of their great age, size, historical, architectural, or ecclesiastical importance, display many of the characteristics of a cathedral. Most churches in the group also fulfil a role which is additional to that of a normal parish church. It aims to provide […]


The Cathedral and Churches Shop Association

The Cathedral and Churches Shop Association provides a forum for exchange of information amongst its members. It arranges a programme of events and meetings each year and advice is freely available to help with setting up and running a shop in a cathedral or church.  


Cathedrals Plus

Cathedrals Plus has as members Cathedrals and Churches of all denominations who receive significant numbers of visitors and is international in its membership. The aim of the association is to help members welcome visitors. Although non-political the association is able, through the support and makeup of its membership, to act as a pressure group on many […]