New Visitor Information Point at Wakefield Cathedral
Wakefield Council has today announced plans to create a new Visitor Information Point at Wakefield Cathedral.
The Council has been working with Wakefield Cathedral to develop the new service to be located at the Cathedral's Treacy Hall.
The existing cafe and gift shop will be reconfigured and enhanced to include an inviting new Visitor Information Point and will stock brochures and leaflets promoting key attractions across the district.
A new digital information point is also planned, allowing visitors to interact with the updated Experience Wakefield website and access a range of information about what's going on across the district.
Cllr Denise Jeffery, Deputy Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "We are delighted by this exciting development that will allow us to retain a visitor information service within the city centre. Tourism is a very important part of our local economy and continuing the service in this way will help us to promote our district to residents and visitors.
"Wakefield Cathedral itself is also a spectacular building in the heart of the city centre and we hope it too benefits from an increase in visitors."
The current Visitor Information Centre is located at the Bull Ring in Wakefield City Centre. In February the Council announced plans to close the centre as part of its need to save an additional £27m in 2016/17 on top of £119m already cut from the Council's budget.
Cllr Jeffery added: "It was a very difficult decision to close the current Visitor Information Centre. But by working with the Cathedral we are able to continue delivering this important service to residents and visitors. The new information point will help us to continue to promote the district in traditional and new ways."
The new Visitor Information Point will be staffed by Cathedral volunteers with support from the Council.
Wakefield Cathedral is always looking for more volunteers to help deliver the Visitor Information Point. For more information please contact the Cathedral's Volunteer Co-ordinator, Elizabeth Jenkins, by calling 01924 373923.
It is hoped that the new Visitor information Point will open later this Spring, but a date is yet to be confirmed. The Visitor Information Centre at the Bull Ring will close before the new point at Treacy Hall opens.
For more information about tourism in the Wakefield district please visit www.experiencewakefield.co.uk