Kirkleatham Museum and Grounds has been accredited as a Quality Assured Visitor Attraction by VisitEngland capping off a successful year for tourism in Redcar and Cleveland.

By hosting the likes of the Festival of Thrift and esteemed exhibitions such as Lego’s Brick Planet and The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell, the grounds have welcomed a record-breaking 150,000 visitors in 2016.

 

Earlier this year, VisitEngland accredited another of the borough’s most popular attractions, the Saltburn Cliff Tramway, which has seen almost 180,000 visitors ride the water-balancing lifts.

Councillor Carl Quartermain, cabinet member for jobs, skills and leisure at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council has hailed this a huge success for tourism in the borough.

He said: “Over 200 exhibitions and events will have been held in the borough by the end of the year, including Get Loose on the Beach featuring star BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong, and the annual Redcar Half Marathon.

“These, on top of the VisitEngland accreditations, have showcased what Redcar and Cleveland has to offer.

“Last year, 3.29 million visitors came to the borough contributing £130 million into our local economy, which highlights how important it is to host a wide variety of top quality events. I’m delighted that this year will be no exception.

“I am committed to growing these numbers by supporting the events which make a positive impact on our economy. We will continue to work closely with event organisers and partners, making sure the borough remains a great place to work, live and play.”

For more information on upcoming events in Redcar and Cleveland, please visit: www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/events