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This news bulletin is sent monthly to South Somerset Tourism businesses.

If you would like to receive a copy on a regular basis, please email the tourism team at

The latest news bulletin can be seen here or scroll down for previous editions.

Rural Tourism Toolkit

Welcome to your toolkit which is crammed with helpful hints and advice for new and existing rural tourism businesses. It is designed to assist you in planning, developing, marketing and sustaining your services for customers. It is intended to encourage initiatives that offer great visitor experiences whilst nurturing the environments that create them.

Explore each of the FIVE sections: Getting Started, Communicating Effectively, Working Together, Local Distinctiveness and Saving Money and Sustainability.

The toolkit has been produced as part of the COOL Tourism Project - a European partnership of 11 local authorities and organisations, based in the east and south of England and in the north of France, working to help each other compete effectively in the global market. It aims to encourage rural tourism businesses to make use of their areas' environmental assets and local distinctiveness to attract visitors.

COOL Tourism has the support of the European cross-border co-operation Programme INTERREG IV A, France (Channel) - England, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Local partners are: Somerset County Council, West Somerset Council, Sedgemoor District Council and Exmoor National Park Authority.


Signage grant scheme for businesses in South Somerset Area North

This new scheme is offering a package of financial support and advice to encourage the manufacture and installation of new signs in key locations in South Somerset Area North.

Full details can be seen here

or contact  Pauline Burr, Neighbourhood Development Officer (North) on 01935 462253 or email


Stand Out on Social Media

  • Target customers with compelling online content
  • 8th January 2015 - Monks Yard, nr Ilminster (10 am - 3pm)
  • 23rd January 2015 - Willows & Wetlands (10am - 3pm)
  • 9th February 2015 - Abbey Manor Business Centre in Yeovil (10am - 3pm)


Have you ever wondered how best to engage with new customers online?

Learn the tips and tricks for creating compelling and shareable content, as well as how best to manage it across your social media channels, blogs and websites to save time and effort.  Make an impact with your own photography and video.  Understand posting techniques that create engagement and encourage followers.

This workshop, in partnership with Cool Tourism, is for tourism businesses that already have social media accounts, but want to post more interesting content and increase their reach.  This event is a fun, hands-on session full of creative ideas to set you up for the next season.

To book your place, see website above or contact: 0300 123 1046 or

There is no charge to attend this event as it is fully funded by the COOL Tourism Project (an EU Interreg Channel Programme initiative) and the Connecting Devon and Somerset 'Get up to Speed' service.


South Somerset Local Food Show!    ** Another  sucessfull SSDC event  **

  • Does your business buy or sell Food & Drink?
  • You are invited to attend a FREE showcase event featuring 35 of our best local Food & Drink producers.
  • Come along to find out more about the range and value of quality local Food and Drink.
  • Explore ideas, products and possibilities at the Local Food Show.

Venue -  Haynes Internaional Motor Museum

Wednesday 17th September 2014 @ 10.30am - 13.30pm

To confirm your attendance, please contact - South Somerset District Council's Economic Development Team on 01935 462444 or email

 Food event


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South Somerset Literature Exchange and Days Out Fair

Lit exchange 2013

The 2014 Literature Exchange was another sucess, with local tourism businesses from across South Somerset and further afield swapping leaflets and contact details.

"Weather and flooding have made the start of 2014 a difficult time but I hope that the Literature Exchange will be an opportunity for as many as possible in the local tourism network, to gather together and share a sense of mutual support and positive focus for the new season ahead"   Mary Ostler  - Tourism Officer

If you havent attended this popular event, please email the tourism team for more details.