US Air Force learns what Waltham Abbey offers

The historic town of Waltham Abbey was showing off its tourism attractions on Saturday when we took part in the Lakenheath Travel Fair 2013 held in Suffolk.

The event put on for United States Air Force personnel, their families and civilians working at the two bases, RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall, gives them the chance to find out about places to visit in Britain for day trips and short breaks.   A large number of tourism venues in East Anglia and the rest of the country took part and handed out leaflets and information to thousands of USAF personnel.

Waltham Abbey Town Clerk, Kathryn Richmond;  Tourist Information Centre Manager, Sue Holmes;  and Organizer of King Harold Day and the town’s History & Heritage Festival, Tricia Gurnett, were kept really busy throughout the day promoting the six partners who supported the Waltham Abbey Stand:-  Waltham Abbey Town Council;  Lee Valley Regional Park;  The Royal Gunpowder Mills;  Epping Forest (City of London);  Epping Forest District Museum;  and Copped Hall.

Tricia Gurnett said:  “It was a highly successful day that gave us the opportunity to make a huge number of American visitors aware of all that Waltham Abbey has to offer.   The families with young children snatched up the information about the Royal Gunpowder Mills Secret Island and the animals at Lee Valley Park Farms;  the young airmen and women can’t wait to shoot the rapids at the White Water Centre;  the walkers and nature lovers are looking forward to visiting the Forest and the River Lea Country Park;  the history buffs want to come to our medieval festivals, to visit the Abbey and Copped Hall;  and adults and children alike want to visit the museums.

“This was the first time we have taken a stand at Lakenheath and it was well worthwhile.   Don’t be surprised to hear lots of American accents around in Waltham Abbey this summer!”