Tag Archives: tourism

The joy of Summer in a country town

There are some things which we all take for granted and one of them is the simple feeling of Summer in a country town. In a technological age, when we all feel economic and economic pressures in our every day … Continue reading

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Accessing local Civic Pride

Barry Pearson wrote an excellent column in the Ashbourne News Telegraph a couple of weeks ago about pride. It is in scarce supply these days and he made a good point about recognising and celebrating it. Pride is incredibly powerful … Continue reading

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Lessons from a thriving High Street in East Yorkshire

I love infographics like this one which lays out well the economics of local vs national retailing. Some time ago I described in a blog my vision for the perfect market town http://ashbournevoice.co.uk/2013/11/10/the-perfect-market-town-a-vision/.  Yesterday I nearly found it. We visited … Continue reading

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Difference as defined by meringue

There’s nothing like a holiday to make you think about where you live. I’ve just returned from a holiday in the Languedoc region of France stopping in a gite. I’ve realised that what I enjoy about France in general is … Continue reading

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Unwelcome to Ashbourne… exporting tourists

This morning I called in to one of our charity shops and was browsing the books when I overheard an American voice asking a question. I heard the assistant reply “You’ll need to go into Derby for that”. When the … Continue reading

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Ashbourne in July – an insider’s guide

July is a great example of this. The town itself never looks better. Think of July and you think of summer sunshine. The cobbled market square, little yards and the miles of bunting create an excellent theatre. Visitors can just … Continue reading

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Searching for Ashbourne

“O wad some Power the giftie gie us  To see oursels as ithers see us!” Robert Burns We used to travel around Britain extensively when I was young in the 1960s and 1970s in a succession of camper vans. My … Continue reading

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Ashbourne’s Car Park Solution

Derbyshire Dales District Council is currently running a consultation around parking in the district http://www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/your-council/consultations/current-consultations/car-parking-review. Although this can seem like a dry topic it does affect us all. Our tourism economy and high street rely on car parking to support it, … Continue reading

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Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose…in Ashbourne

In 2007, DDDC commissioned Ashbourne Economic Assessment; a report by consultants into the wellbeing of Ashbourne and an action plan for the future. It is interesting to read it now and realise how some of the elements are still relevant … Continue reading

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