Thousands of Hertfordshire residents have been bidding to take part in the first ever Herts Big Weekend 2016 – and there are still a few tickets up for grabs!
More than 13,000 bids were received for the hundreds of free tickets available in the Herts Big Weekend, which takes place on 12th and 13th March.
Organised by Hertfordshire’s new tourism service Visit Herts, the event aims to boost tourism and support leisure businesses by giving Hertfordshire residents the chance to discover – or rediscover - a huge range of attractions and activities across the county for free.
The ballot for tickets closed on 16th February. But those who were not lucky enough to win tickets in the ballot can still bid for returned and unclaimed tickets at www.hertsbigweekend.co.uk.
Nearly 50 businesses donated tickets, with Warner Bros. Studio Tour London proving to be the most popular offer. Entry to Paradise Wildlife Park was a close second, with family tickets to Knebworth House and Gardens, and afternoon teas at Brocket Hall and St Michael's Manor Hotel completing the top five. Their combined applications drew in almost 5,000 bids.
Visit Herts Joint Project Manager David Curtis-Brignell said: 'We are thrilled with the response to the first ever Herts Big Weekend - 13,000 applications is an amazing starting point! People often forget how much there is to see and do right on their doorstep, and we want to show Hertfordshire residents that they don’t need to travel very far to have an unforgettable day out.
“We hope that everyone who bid for tickets has been inspired by the wealth of offers available, and that we will see plenty of people enjoying a fantastic Big Weekend this March.”
There will also be a 'selfie competition' where ticket holders can post a selfie of themselves enjoying the #HertsBigWeekendon Twitter or Instagram for the chance to win a special prize.
Herts Big Weekend is the first in a series of campaigns planned by Visit Herts to strengthen Hertfordshire’s tourism offer as part of the new Destination Management Service for the county. The event also takes place during the national English Tourism Week, organised by VisitEngland to highlight the importance of tourism as one of the fastest growing sectors in the national economy.