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Sunny bank holiday leads to tourism boom for East Lancashire
EAST Lancashire received a tourism boost during the last Bank Holiday weekend of the year as more people opted to stay at home, experts said.
Both Brockholes Nature Reserve, near Samlesbury and the visitor’s centre at Mrs Dowson’s Farm in Clayton-le-Dale said they hit record numbers yesterday.
And it was claimed the high visitor numbers reflected a good year overall for Lancashire tourism.
Lancashire’s success comes as it was revealed that millions of people in the UK were planning ‘staycations’ rather than going abroad.
VisitEngland said the popularity of ‘staycations’ during the August Bank Holiday was likely to generate about £1billion in tourism spending.
Brenda Kean at the Pendle Witch Experience said: “There are certainly more people holidaying in the country this year.
“A lot of our bookings are coming from people staying on the coast, at Blackpool and Southport, who want a day out in Pendle witch country. We are also seeing a lot more enquiries on fine days. The weather makes people feel like going out and about.”
Eric Dowson at Mrs Dowson’s Visitor Centre said they had benefited from the trend and said: “We haven’t tallied up exact numbers yet, but we have easily been twice as busy as any other year. We know it’s our busiest Bank Holiday ever.
“More people seem to be spending the Bank Holidays at home this year because we have had a very good summer in general. When the weather is as good as it has been this year, why would you want to go abroad?
“It’s cheaper, less stress and as hot as you like. It’s also more fun if you visit the right places, like our farm.”
Record numbers were also seen at Brockholes as nature enthusiasts called in to hear poets, musicians and storytellers, as well as see the animals and scenery.
Event organiser Lorraine Cheesmur said: “We may have broken the record for visitors as we had counted 2,000 half way through the day yesterday and our record is 2,500. Our craft stall alone saw 200 children make kites.
“Aside from yesterday, our busiest ever day was the May Bank Holiday and we expect yesterday’s figures to be very close.
“We’ve definitely seen more staycationers this year. Many of the people who visited were on their way to the Lakes or Scotland and stopped off to see us.”
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