A RECORD-BREAKING 28,000 visitors have packed into Elgar’s Birthplace at Lower Broadheath since the National Trust took over the operation of the museum in September 2017.
Since opening last year, volunteers at The Firs have been overwhelmed by the response they have received from visitors with numbers having already exceeded the target they set at the start of the year.
Going forward, they hope to continue to build on this success, welcoming even more visitors over the next 12 months to share in their exciting future.
“It’s difficult to believe it’s already been a year since we first opened,” said Stuart Webb, The Firs operations manager.
“Time has flown by at such a pace, so marking our first birthday gives us a chance to pause, look back and celebrate how far we’ve come in such a short space of time. I’m absolutely delighted by the support we’ve received from all those who share our passion and drive to build a fantastic legacy for Sir Edward Elgar at this special and unique place.”
The Firs is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm and the site includes exhibition rooms, a modern tea-room, pretty cottage gardens and the jewel in the crown, the birthplace itself.
There are also country walks in the surrounding landscape which are available to pick up for free from reception with another set coming soon.
Free parking is available outside the visitor centre along with picnic spots. Dogs are welcome on leads across the whole site apart from inside the tea-room and the cottage.