Congratulations to the Old Royal Naval College: this weekend, the team in Greenwich will welcome their millionth visitor.
According to reports, the lucky visitor will be greeted by a “fanfare of crumhorns, hurdy-gurdies, lutes and harps” – probably something to do with the Greenwich International Festival of Early Music, which is taking place at the Old Royal Naval College this weekend.
This festival is just one of a whole host of initiatives produced by the Old Royal Naval College to increase visitor numbers. Others include:
- restoring the old brewery, working with the Meantime Brewing Company
- Discover Greenwich, new £6 million visitor centre and restaurant
- numerous festivals, including the Beer and Jazz Festival, the Summer Sessions music festival, and London’s biggest comedy festival
Duncan Wilson OBE, Chief Executive of the Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College, says, “We are delighted to have reached one million visits.
“Since taking over the care of the Old Royal Naval College, we have focused on forging commercial partnerships and developing sustainable tourism. This approach enables us to protect and care for the Word Heritage Site while creating an international tourism destination. Combining our commercial income with Government funding has enabled us to restore the magnificent buildings of the Old Royal Naval College to their former glory and reach out to a wider audience.
“The range and depth of activities taking place at the Old Royal Naval College is also increasing. From music festivals to theatre and film locations, we are continually enhancing our offer as an international tourism destination and a valued location for Londoners. We look forward to 2011 and the build up to London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
Entrance to Discover Greenwich, the Clore Learning Centre and the Greenwich Tourist Information Centre at the Old Royal Naval College is free. If you haven’t been down there yet, now’s a great time to join the other million people who’ve made the visit! You won’t be disappointed.