This weekend (13th June) Southwell Tourist Information Centre (TIC) at The Minster Centre on Church Street will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. In that time we have helped thousands of tourists, and residents, with all manner of enquiries about not only Southwell but other places of interest and attraction within the district.

Since June 2005 we have been providing scores of different leaflets and brochures, bus and train timetables, a specially designed Southwell town centre map, and we also have our own website – www.visitsouthwell.com

The TIC is run entirely by a team of dedicated volunteers, some of whom have been with us for the whole 10 years. We are used to a wide variety of questions, everything from 'How far is it to The Workhouse?' and 'What is the difference between a minster and a cathedral?' to 'Where would you recommend we go for a nice cup of tea?' and the more unusual 'Where can we see a cow being milked?!'

Our leaflets are of an ever-changing variety but some remain constant favourites, our Top 5 being: Visit Southwell – always the first choice for tourists; any one of the six Heritage Trails which give a scenic route around different areas of the town; the Broadway Cinema brochure; our town centre map; and the Bramley newspaper.
Thanks to an ever-growing enthusiasm for Southwell our visitor numbers continue to increase year after year. Many people describe it as a hidden treasure which they look forward to visiting again.

To celebrate our first decade we will be offering complimentary Bramley apple juice and birthday cake to visitors on Saturday 13th June from 11am. We often find that local people aren't aware of where the TIC is, so please do take this opportunity to come along and find us!

New volunteers are always welcome, all that is needed is a good basic knowledge and lots of enthusiasm for Southwell. If you have a few hours a month to spare why not join us? Call in and ask for further details and help us look forward to the next ten years!

Sarah Payne
(TIC Co-ordinator)