OLYMPIC JOURNALISTS’ VISIT TO THE PEAK DISTRICT, AUGUST 18TH AND 19TH 2012

Couple watching outdoor movie

Kedleston Hall Summer Nights Outdoor Film Festival
Photo Copyright © Dave Bird 2011

Journalists serving markets as far afield as China, Japan, Canada and the USA are set to discover why the Peak District is such a superstar in the world of film and television when they visit the area this weekend (August 18th/19th).

It’s the area’s ‘moment to shine’ as the world’s media pauses for breath between the hugely successful London Olympics 2012 and the forthcoming Paralympics and discovers that there’s much more to England than its capital city.

Visit Peak District & Derbyshire has joined forces with VisitEngland to host a film themed familiarisation tour highlighting the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in 2013, the area’s extensive links with the novel, film and past TV series, and the brand new Summer Nights Outdoor Film Festival staged by QUAD, Derby’s centre for art and film.

Highlights will be visits to Chatsworth, Kedleston Hall (including an outdoor screening of the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice) and Haddon Hall, with an overnight stay at the four-star Marriott Breadsall Priory near Derby.

The journalists will also enjoy hampers of locally-produced food and drink – all kindly donated free of charge by local producers and suppliers – before they settle down for the film screening. Their feast will include sandwiches and pork pies from Hackwood Farm of
, Derby; cheese, fruit, salad and beer from Chatsworth Farm Shop; mini Bakewell Puddings from The Original Bakewell Pudding Co Ltd, Bakewell; wine from Renishaw Hall & Gardens in north east Derbyshire, Buxton Water and Bakewell Pudding-inspired chocolates hand crafted by Cocoadance of Castleton.

The aim is to build on the Olympic legacy by persuading more overseas visitors to consider a holiday in England in 2013 and beyond.

Janette Sykes

PR Manager

Visit Peak District & Derbyshire

M: 07792 924839

Consumer website: www.visitpeakdistrict.com

Corporate website: www.visitpeakdistrict.com/industry

Conference website: www.conference-derbyshire.co.uk

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