Huge surge in visitor numbers to Clevedon

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 June 2016

Clevedon Pier.

Clevedon Pier.

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Clevedon has been hailed as a ‘fantastic coastal destination’ after seeing a 50 per cent increase in visitors this year.

Research carried out by a popular holiday lettings website has revealed the 20 coastal destinations in the UK which have enjoyed an increase in interest from 2015 to 2016, with Clevedon being named at number 14 in the list.

Walton Castle, in Castle Road, is one of the most popular venues to stay at in the town and has seen a marked increase in holiday lettings from overseas visitors over the past few years.

Franco de la Croix-Vaubois, managing director at the venue and member of Clevedon Chamber of Commerce, said: “Over the past three years, Walton Castle has seen a steady increase in the level of holiday lettings.

“Weddings are of course still a popular choice but we have seen a gradual increase in private lettings as well as holiday lettings, particularly from the USA, China and Europe.

“There is certainly lots of joined-up thinking across all tourism sectors in and around Clevedon, such as the tourism forum which brings together a number of venues from the surrounding region.

“There is no question Clevedon is a fantastic coastal destination – a stunning setting, easy to get to and reasonably priced with lots of activities to suit all ages.”

Franco believes an increase in international marketing through organisations including Visit England and Destination Bristol has played a part in the increase, as well as the South West Growth Fund which is aiming to create 1,000 jobs across the region.

He also believes the improvements and developments that have been completed in the town over the past 12 months have attracted a greater number of visitors.

Nicole Laken, business manager at the Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust, said: “Clevedon now has much more to offer.

“With the refurbishment of Marine Lake and our Grade I-listed pier it is becoming a very popular place to come to for families.

“We are finding that not only are we attracting people from the Bristol area – being the nearest seaside resort – but also from all over the country.

“It is great news for Clevedon and will give a real boost to the local economy.”

Clevedon Town Council chairman, Jane Geldart, praised the variety of facilities available to visitors and says work is being done behind the scenes on a number of projects to make the town ‘even better’.

She said: “We have so much to offer including the free tennis courts, skatepark and multi-use games areas.

“We should also celebrate the fact that we have the fantastic Curzon cinema and a pop-up theatre as well, plus all the many other leisure opportunities within the town for shopping and refreshments.

“There are several initiatives such as Clevedon 2020 and work being done for the neighbourhood plan which is happening in the background but striving to make Clevedon even better.

“We are truly lucky to live in such a vibrant and positive town.”

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