17th April 2015

Record numbers flock to Cornwall over Easter

Thanks to the lovely sunny weather over the Easter period tourism chiefs have announced that record numbers of visitors have visited Devon and Cornwall to soak up the sunshine on the beach and also to boost the numbers at many attractions throughout the South West.

Amongst the attractions Go Ape and Pennywell Farm both recorded huge increases in the number of visitors, whilst the Big Sheep amusement park had its best Easter numbers ever. Diggerland the amusement park where visitors can drive bulldozers and JCBs at Cullompton had a whopping 300% increase in guests compared with last Easter. The Visit Devon tourism website has announced that more holiday makers than ever are using the internet to research and ultimately book their Easter breaks. An increase of 58% of hits on the company's website has been recorded. Other tourism and accommodation websites also reported huge increases in traffic.

In Newquay many hotels were reporting extremely busy times as both experienced surfers and families with traditional bucket and spades made their way to the beaches of the town to take advantage of the great weather. As the temperature rose so did the number of bookings for hotels and holiday parks throughout the region with many guests waiting to see that the weather would remain hot and sunny before booking at the last minute.

Crealy Adventure Parks with a theme park in both Cornwall and Devon stated that it been a fantastic Easter for the number of visitors through its gates and even though Easter had fallen early this year the upswing in the weather had led to both parks being extremely busy. Smaller business such as independent shops, cafes and pubs all benefitted from the increase in volume of visitors. In particular the ice cream parlours of Mr B's in Hayle had a great Easter thanks to the weather.