Bank holiday sunshine boost for Norwich tourism hotspots
PUBLISHED: 08:20 29 August 2017
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Tourist attractions and beaches across Norwich and surrounding villages had a bumper bank holiday weekend thanks to clear sunny skies.
Nikki Jones, information assistant for the Broads Authority, which runs Whitlingham Country Park on the outskirts of Norwich, said: “It has been an incredibly busy weekend and Monday. Lots of people have been here enjoying a picnic and the cafe has been busy.
“There have been a lot of people walking around the broad and lots of people on boats and canoes.
“We have had everyone here. It has been great.”
A member of staff at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden in South Walsham, said: “Our figures have been good for the weekend. Over 400 people came to attraction on Monday. Good weather always helps us.”
Wroxham-based Broads Tours, described the weekend as “crazy” in terms of the high numbers of people hiring out boats from the company.
The River Bure in Coltishall was also a popular spot for fishing enthusiasts, walkers and villagers on Monday.
And just down the road from Coltishall, popular family attraction Wroxham Barns attracted a lot of people over the majority of the extended weekend.
Owner of Wroxham Barns, Ian Russell, said: “Looking at this weekend, the weather was wonderful and we enjoyed good business on Saturday and Sunday, but have struggled today [Monday].
“Even Wroxham Barns is no match for our wonderful Norfolk beaches on a day like today.
“All our visitors have had a lovely day which is the main thing and we have sold industrial quantities of ice cream.
“The most important thing is the lovely visitors who chose to come to the Broads and Norfolk for this bank holiday have had a wonderful time and most likely will return.” Some 15,000 dog owners also flocked to the Norfolk Showground, on the edge of Norwich, on Sunday and Monday for the All About Dogs event.
Director Pam Upson said bank holiday Monday was quieter than usual, probably due to the heat.
She said: “A dog’s health is paramount, but there is a nice breeze at the showground.”
Average temperatures across the region yesterday reached 26C - they are normally around 22C.
Temperatures are expected to drop later on this week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.