Sacrewell welcomes 100,000th visitor marking its highest annual footfall

Sacrewell welcomes its 100,000th visitor this year EMN-151111-163503001

Sacrewell welcomes its 100,000th visitor this year EMN-151111-163503001

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A heritage farming attraction near Wansford, Peterborough, has recorded its highest annual footfall ever, breaking through the 100,000 visitor barrier.

Sacrewell, part of the William Scott Abbott Trust, celebrated its 100,000th visitor of 2015 last week by awarding her with an annual membership.

Hayley McAllister from Peterborough, visited on a rainy afternoon with her son Toby McGuinness, four, and came away with a sunny disposition.

“It made my day,” she said, after being told she would have her current membership extended for another 
year.

“This year is our first as members and we’re really enjoying it. We’ve been trying to come to as many events as we can. The Spooky Spectacular at Halloween was definitely our favourite.”

Sacrewell recently announced that its high footfall last year helped to significantly increase the number of people visiting heritage farm attractions in the East of England, and this year’s figures, which are likely to be closer to 105,000 visitors by Christmas, will do the same.

Last year’s visitor numbers set the previous record, with 92,000 from January to December.

Communications executive Megan Allen said: “We reopened our 18th century Grade II* Listed watermill, part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, this summer which has had a really positive effect on our visitor offer here, and the audience we are attracting.

“It’s great that more people are choosing to support local charitable attractions like ours, and people are starting to view Sacrewell as a heritage attraction with a real significance to the agricultural history of this landscape.”