Indian summer boosts visitor numbers in Devon
PUBLISHED: 14:33 25 September 2008 | UPDATED: 11:12 17 June 2010
The power of the sun brought everyone out of their homes and out to play this weekend, says Devon Association of Tourist Attractions (DATA).
The power of the sun brought everyone out of their homes and out to
play this weekend, says Devon Association of Tourist Attractions (DATA).
The Indian summer weather meant plenty of visitors to the county and
Devon's top attractions, bringing a much needed boost to the tourist
industry and smiles to people's faces.
Crealy's Angela Wright, Chair of DATA ,said: "It has been a wonderful weekend
for the industry with some much-needed sunshine encouraging everyone
out of their homes. All our attractions get a real buzz when we have
lots of happy visitors and this weekend has been one of the best all
Devon's Crealy Great Adventure Park recorded a 20% rise in visitor
numbers on this time in 2007, while North Devon's the Big Sheep have
had a massive 51% rise in visitor numbers on September 2007.
Rick Turner, managing director of the Big Sheep, said: "We are on a
real roll here at the Big Sheep, already our September numbers are 51%
percent up on last year. This is reflective of the fact we had an
event-led September and it has paid dividends."
Other attractions are also finding that holding special events are a
way of increasing visitor numbers when the weather can't be relied on.
Woodlands Leisure Park were delighted to welcome Cubs and Scouts from
all over Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, creating a 300-tent town over a
10-acre area of their caravan park.
RHS Rosemoor held a Craft Fayre over three days, an annual event for the
garden attraction. This year, numbers were up 13% on 2007 proving that
some decent weather together with a popular event will always draw
Coombe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, which boasts Shaun Ellis
the Wolfman as one of its regular attractions, and Seaton Tramway in
South Devon also reported plenty of visitors.
Angela continued: "Every year we try and attract visitors to the
county in September as there is always a good chance of lovely
weather. We want to promote Devon as a year-round destination, and
with the sunshine and the beginnings of autumn's colours it is a very
special time to come.