Call to the 'young at art'

Unleash your child's artistic talents at Winchester's award winning Tourist Information Centre this half-term holiday, where 3 to 15 year-olds can enter a competition to design a simple logo for a new national Families Welcome scheme.

Winchester Tourist Information Centre (TIC) has been chosen as one of a select group of TICs nationwide to act as competition outlets and hopes to encourage an impressive number of entries.

The scheme, which will be launched by the official UK tourism body VisitBritain in April 2007, aims to take the stress out of a holiday with kids by recognising accommodation that caters for the needs of families. 

The competition winner will enjoy a free short break in England with their family, and the winning design will be used on the Enjoy England and VisitBritain websites where it will be seen by as many as 15 million people in the UK and overseas.   

Alison Woods, Winchester City Council's TIC Manager, said: "Winchester, with its famous School of Art, is already the home of a thriving creative community.  We would like to think that there are budding young artists out there who could make their mark in this competition on behalf of England's ancient capital. 

"So why not do drop into Winchester TIC during half term week and pick up an entry form?  While you are here, we can also give you some great ideas for half term activities."

The competition launch by VisitBritain coincides with the national Big Draw campaign which encourages Britons of all ages to discover the pleasure of drawing at over 1,100 events across the country. 

As part of this campaign on Saturday 21 October children can also create their own landscape picture with the help of a local artist at Winchester's Guildhall Gallery.  For more information log onto

The tourist information centre is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and can be contacted on 01962 840 500 or e-mail  The deadline for VisitBritain competition entries is 31 October 2006.