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Summer sun shines on Lincolnshire tourism

Graham Bell of the Nettleton Lodge Inn says people increasingly seek overnight stays instead of just a pint.

Graham Bell of the Nettleton Lodge Inn says people increasingly seek overnight stays instead of just a pint.

Hopes are high that Lincolnshire tourism has enjoyed yet another good summer.

“Early indications show that visitor figures are up. We’ve had a very good summer and the great weather has helped,” said North Lincolnshire Council spokeswoman Sarah Howe.

West Lindsey District Council agrees “early indications are good” but says it will be several weeks before it can release figures.

However, several accommodation providers tell the Market Rasen Mail the summer sun shone on their businesses.

Graham Bell, owner of Nettleton Lodge Inn, has enjoyed his “best season ever” which he credits on advertising on the Booking.com website.

Visitors to the former hunting lodge come for Lincoln and the Wolds and increasingly stay at the hotel for more than one night.

Graham Bell believes people’s social habits will continue to change as government policy leads to less people drinking in pubs like they used to, a move to more self-catering, and eating out only for the special occasions.

“Most people are surprised by the Wolds in general. Our location exceeds their expectations,” he said.

Kevin Kerr, at the Limes Country House, Market Rasen, reports another good summer, the third on the trot. Weekend visitors come for the racecourse and Cadwell Park. His Danish and Dutch visitors enjoy cycling in the Wolds.

Abigail Clark of Papermill Cottages, Tealby, reports a “very good summer.”

Her cottages have received many repeat visitors, with many coming for walks in the Wolds, plus some for war-related festivals. Lincoln was a draw, plus market towns like Louth and the many farm-shops selling locally-grown food, she said.

 

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