Tourism in East Belfast will get a major boost when a brand new visitor centre opens its doors to the public on 27th August. The EastSide Visitor Centre, an initiative delivered by EastSide Tourism, part of EastSide Partnership, will provide a base from which visitors can explore the EastSide of the city.
Visitors will access information on the city’s attractions from digital screens with interpretation panels and a wall map revealing EastSide’s famous faces, places and industries.
The centre will include a coffee bar named after EastSide’s famous writer C.S. Lewis aka Jack. JACK coffee bar will be operated by award winning Belfast entrepreneur Linzi Rooney, the innovator of the ground breaking independent creative design hub and café – Studio Souk, located in Belfast City Centre. Partnering with EastSide Tourism, Linzi, along with her team, will bring creative flair and passion for all things local by offering visitors the very best in locally sourced produce as well as providing a shop window for local artists and food producers to showcase their products.
Later this year, JACK coffee bar will have the unique position of offering visitors the perfect view and access to the eagerly awaited Connswater Community Greenway C.S Lewis Square (opening November) which will feature seven sculptures inspired by characters from the author’s most famous works:The Chronicles of Narnia.
Getting ready to put EastSide on the tourism map at the EastSide Visitor Centre, opening 27th August, were, from left, Belfast businesswoman Linzi Rooney with EastSide Tourism Manager Chris Armstrong.