The National Marine Aquarium, run by the Ocean Conservation Trust, saw visitor numbers jump by 6000 last month, compared with 2021 figures.
”We had a really good October with more visitors at the National Marine Aquarium over the holiday week than for many years, which is hugely encouraging. We’re pleased to still offer free entry for 12 months for every ticket purchased, so we look forward to welcoming those visitors back over the coming 12 months” said Nicola Bridge, Head of Ocean Advocacy and Engagement for Ocean Conservation Trust.
Special half-term performances at the Barbican Theatre and a Wolf Week experience at Dartmoor Zoo were sell-outs and Paradise Island Adventure Golf had its best week of the year.
Other businesses, from the Theatre Royal Plymouth to Game of Throwing, reported positive results for the school break.
The Box, Plymouth’s award-winning museum, art gallery and archive, had a bumper half term; welcoming 13,565 visitors to its galleries, drop-in family activities and British Art Show 9.
And confidence is high that the forthcoming festive season will prove just as lucrative.
Amanda Lumley, Destination Plymouth Chief Executive said: “This is great news for Plymouth and follows on from a successful summer of events including the Platinum Jubilee weekend and SailGP. It proves that the city is a year-round tourist destination that can attract visitors whatever the season.
“We’re now gearing up for a spectacular festive period and are delighted to hear that business are optimistic about Christmas and New Year bookings, with at least one hotel full already. Despite the cost of living crisis affecting everyone at the moment, we’re aiming to end 2022 on a high.”