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Glenpark Estate uses Tourism NI funding to invest in new facilities

Glenpark Estate owners Selina and Richard Beattie join Sheena Dickson (Tourism NI) and estate general manager Roberta Cuddy as they launch new facilities at the park

GLENPARK Estate in the Gortin Glens area of outstanding natural beauty has opened a number of new facilities following a £97,600 funding injection from Tourism NI's Experience Development Programme.

Owners Richard and Selina Beattie have worked with Tourism NI to deliver on plans to turn the site into an active tourism experience with a focus on days out, food and quality outdoor experiences.

Visitors to Glenpark can now enjoy a new welcome area, additional walks and tourism experiences, including farm tours, cookery experience and a new children's play area.

The caravan and camping site has reopened, and a new outdoor cooking area has been created. New signage has also been created to guide visitors around the site.

Activities, including mediation, yoga and Thai Chi, are all available to book during the year at the estate, enhanced by a refreshed website and branding.

Glenpark Estate, well established as a days out and wedding venue, offers accommodation, as well as a number of restaurants, which have a strong focus on local food and sourcing, with weekly menus created by head chef Paul Quinn.

Since opening to the public the estate - which employs 75 staff - has welcomed more than 250,000 visitors, and plans are in development for creating more events and activities on the site.

Owner Richard Beattie said: “Glenpark is becoming established as a great day out for families and friends wanting to explore, meet up or relax in this lovely area. We wanted to create the estate as a vibrant multi visitor site and its really thriving among the Sperrins as a great place to visit.

“Working to deliver tourism excellence in Glenpark Estate through the funding from Tourism NI Experience Development Programme, we have created a natural outdoor experience on the site, embracing all of the key assets and natural elements of the existing site and maximising and further focusing on its position adjoining the neighbouring Gortin Glens forest park, including trails and a new children's play area.”

Sheena Dickson, landscape & activities tourism manager at Tourism NI, added: “We are delighted to support the exciting new developments at Glenpark Estate which will see a range of new food and outdoor experiences come to life across the estate.

“The evolution of new tourism experiences like this shows that innovation continues to be at the forefront of the development of the industry here. This exciting addition to Glenpark Estate will be central to the visitor experience in County Tyrone, creating new and compelling reasons to visit the area.”

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