YHA’s newest Youth Hostel, YHA South Downs, was officially opened by the Rt. Hon David Laws MP, Minister of State for Schools, on Tuesday 11th June 2013. Mr Laws marked the occasion with a tree planting ceremony in the grounds of the Youth Hostel.
The official opening recognised the £5 million investment in the former 13th Century Itford Farm to create a world-class 68-bed Youth Hostel and learning resource for young people to explore the South Downs National Park and enhance their learning education.
Schools Minister David Laws said: "I am delighted to officially open the YHA South Downs Youth Hostel. Learning outside the classroom can form an important part of a broad and balanced curriculum and the excellent facilities at the South Downs Youth Hostel will give many young people the chance to enjoy outdoor experiences that build on the knowledge they gain through lessons."
YHA Chief Executive Caroline White said: “The accommodation and resources at YHA South Downs are world-class and enable us to provide a unique experience in the South Downs, particularly to young people through outdoor education. YHA South Downs joins our increasing network of great value, modern and comfortable hostels that are open to everyone.”
Facilities at YHA South Downs, coupled with its prime location on the South Downs Way National Trail, next to Southease Railway Station, is already making the Youth Hostel a popular destination with members of the local community, schools and tourists from both the UK and overseas. In the first month of opening alone, the Youth Hostel accommodated nearly 1,000 overnight stays as well as welcoming many guests to its Courtyard Café and interpretation centre.
In addition to investment from YHA, the development of the Youth Hostel, Courtyard Café and Interpretation centre has been made possible thanks to a number of generous grants and donations. The development of the Youth Hostel was part of the charity’s capital investment programme.
Published 21st June 2013
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