Glenpark Estate uses Tourism NI funding to invest in new facilities

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 complete plans to transform the site into an active tourism experience emphasizing quality outings, food and outdoor experiences.

Visitors to Glenpark can now enjoy a new welcome area, additional walks and sightseeing experiences including farm tours, a culinary experience and a new children’s play area.

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

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

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

Since opening to the public, the estate – which employs 75 people – has welcomed more than 250,000 visitors and plans are underway to create more events and activities on site.

Owner Richard Beattie said: “Glenpark makes for a great day out for families and friends looking to explore, socialize or relax in this beautiful area. We wanted to create the domain as a vibrant multi-visitor site and it’s really thriving among Sperrins as a great place to visit.

“Working to deliver tourism excellence at Glenpark Estate through funding from the Tourism NI Experience Development Program, we have created a natural outdoor experience at the site, encompassing all of the site’s key assets and natural elements. existing and maximizing and focusing more on its position adjacent to nearby Gortin Glens Forest Park, including trails and a new children’s play area.”

Sheena Dickson, Head of Landscape and Activities Tourism 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 industry development here. This exciting addition to Glenpark Estate will be central to the visitor experience in County Tyrone, creating compelling new reasons to visit the area.

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