West Norfolk tourist attractions report bumper Easter trade

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Big crowds enjoyed many of West Norfolk’s tourist attractions as the sun shone on the area over the Easter weekend.

Tourism chiefs believe they have benefited from fine spring weather and a later Easter this year, compared to an earlier break and poorer conditions in 2013.

And they are hoping that this will be the start of a good summer season.

Pete Waters, brand manager at Visit Norfolk said: “Visitor attractions and accommodation providers are reporting a very good Easter.

“It was great to see so many people out and about over the bank holiday weekend.”

One of the attractions that benefited from the fine weather was the Pensthorpe nature reserve, near Fakenham, which reported a 244 per cent increase in visitors over the first three days of the long weekend.

It is the first year that Wild Rootz, Pensthorpe’s exciting outdoor development for children of all ages, has been open at Easter.

Commercial manager Mark Noble said: “We’ve had a tremendous few days, we are grateful for the fantastic weather this year and blessed to be in the county that has the most sunshine.”

The good weather also brought visitors to Church Farm in Stow Bardolph who said visitor numbers were up on last year.

Debbie Benns, the estate administrator, said: “We had a fantastic weekend and a fantastic Easter two weeks, there were lots of people outside enjoying the weather.”

A host of activities including a craft fair, a production of Peter Pan at the Princess Theatre and a car boot sale brought people to Hunstanton.

Debbie Green, facilities manager for Hunstanton town council, said: “The town was absolutely packed, the coffee houses were full, the weather was lovely and it was a fantastic Easter weekend.”