THE Cotswolds is gearing up to mark English Tourism Week with an array of events to tie in with the national celebration.

English Tourism Week is a week-long celebration of events from Saturday to Sunday, April 6, showcasing the quality and vibrancy of the visitor experiences and the value the tourism industry brings to the nation.

On Friday, Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown will attend a launch of the ‘Cotswold Discoverer’ rail and bus ticket at Moreton railway station, along with representatives from the Cotswolds Conservation Board, CDC’s Moreton Visitor Information Centre (VIC), and transport bodies.

On Wednesday , the Moreton VIC will be hosting a ‘get to know your tourist information centre’ open morning from 10 am to 12.30 pm.

A networking event is planned for Thursday, April 3 for VIC staff from across the Cotswolds area.

Next Friday, April 4, Mr Clifton-Brown will be manning the desk at the Moreton VIC before he chairs a residents’ flooding alleviation meeting at 4.15pm.

And finally, on Saturday, April 5 Mr Clifton-Brown will join forces with officials from Stow Town Council to visit the town’s recently opened cricket museum, which also houses the local VIC.

Sally Graff, Tourism Manager at CDC, said: “There’s always a surge in the amount of tourism bookings and enquiries we get once Spring is underway, and English Tourism Week is a great way of promoting the exciting new offers that are available here in the Cotswolds, such as the Cotswold Discoverer ticket.

"We can also remind visitors about our recent successful ventures, including the highly popular Vintage and Modern scenic driving routes which pass through many places of interest.

“We are all looking forward to the new season and anticipate a high demand for leisure breaks and even longer stays in this fantastic part of the world.”