Celebrations at Sacrewell

Sacrewell is celebrating record breaking footfall numbers at its visitor centre in 2014.

The William Scott Abbott Trust which runs the visitors centre, celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and has ended its semi-centennial year by recording 91,308 visitors.

The previous record was set in 2011 with just shy of 86,000 visitors.

Marketing executive Megan Allen said: “It’s an amazing achievement for everyone who works at Sacrewell to reach such heights in our golden year.

“Credit has to go to all of the staff who work 365 days a year, come rain or shine to provide our visitors with a fun and educational visitor experience.”

But the year’s success was not just down to chance. The Trust invested a lot of time and money into Sacrewell last year to ensure its success.

In April Sacrewell opened its new Playbarn with updated equipment to cater for younger visitors. Its 18th Century grade II* watermill closed in the summer for a complete £1.7m restoration part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“The watermill is one of our biggest attractions,” Megan explains. “To still attract this many visitors without it is a huge boost for us.

“We would like to thank everyone who has supported us in 2014, and here’s to an amazing 2015.”