Posted 21 April 2011 by Andrew Gardner
The weather is forecast to be excellent over Easter with temperatures in Brighton and Eastbourne expected to reach 25 degrees centigrade the warmest on record. Eastbourne is already recognised as the sunniest resort in the UK and hence with good reason it is known as the sunshine coast!
It is anticipated that well over 200,000 visitors will come to Sussex over the Easter weekend. We have to acknowledge that excellent weather is always a positive boost to tourism numbers, however what about when the weather is overcast, chilly or even worse raining, what can we do then to encourage visitors to the county?
It is about delivering a 'positive visitor experience'. While having 365 days a year of wall to wall sunshine would be the ultimate nirvana, it just won't happen. Indoor visitor attractions are therefore as important as those we have outside.
Sussex is perfect since it offers the right balance. We do not see the significant visitor numbers that are experienced in Devon and Cornwall for example in the height of the season, but in the southwest, Dartmoor aside, the interest is largely around the coast which in winter does not have the same appeal and so visitor numbers out of season tail off substantially. .
Sussex has the benefit of the stunning Chalk Downland with all year round appeal, the Sussex coast, ancient woodland in both East and West Sussex and picturesque Sussex Weald villages that attract people through the year. The overall accessibility is great for walking, great for cycling and all can be achieved on the same holiday.
The quality of the overall visitor experience is so important. In addition to the wide variety of coast and countryside on offer we have 55 major visitor attractions across Sussex and the South Downs along with 19 major annual events that occur every year. Sussex is much more than merely a tick in the box county.
From majestic National Trust properties such as Standen, Uppark, Petworth House and Batemans to beautiful gardens like, Great Dixter, Nymans, Wakehurst Place, Sheffield Park, Borde Hill and Hinton Ampner, there is much to capture the eye. For those with more individual interests visit Chichester Cathedral, Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre, the Bluebell Railway, Tangmere Aviation Museum, Bignor Roman Villa, Ashdown Forest Llama Park, Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, and the Wey and Arun Canal. These plus the other 55 attractions can be viewed on our Places to visit pages. Enough to catch your interest? .
We have four annual festivals held across the county and in addition events such as the Festival of Speed, Glorious Goodwood, Glyndebourne, the South of England Show, Hickstead and Eastbourne Airbourne offer a variety of serious interest to many. See them all listed on our What's on pages..
Excellent weather is assured for this weekend, so have a good Easter and we hope we can tempt you down to a great holiday cottage soon and a positve visitor experience.