Visitors to Cumbria over Easter weekend expected to pass 3.2million mark

Cumbria welcomed 3.2million visitors over the Easter bank holiday in 2016 Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Tourism says most businesses have had a good Easter, especially on Saturday.

Cumbria welcomed 3.2million visitors over the Easter bank holiday in 2016.

But Easter falling later this year figures are expected to be higher this year when they're released.

The weather leading up to Easter's been fantastic with the early break for the Scottish schools the weather's been kind and with Easter being in the middle of April it's pretty much I think the best time for it to land in terms of the weather warming up, the season then generally flows from there, you don't get much of a drop-off and you've got the May bank holiday soon so it's not long for people to extend their holidays.

Charles Lowther, Askham Hall and Gardens

Askham Hall is one of Cumbria's newest tourist attractions. It's owned by the Lowther family who run nearby Lowther Hall and the George and Dragon pub in Clifton.

In the twelfth century it kept the Scots out of England; now as a boutique hotel and gardens it welcomes travellers.

It says the weekend's weather brought good tourism numbers.

I think Sunday's a good example. It was raining. For us the busiest place within our group of businesses was the George and Dragon. Outdoor attractions I think people maybe think, if people are coming up from a 2-hour radius, they'll look at the weather and think shall we go? If it's looking ok in the morning they'll think 'ok', if it's looking pretty rubbish they might not come.

Charles Lowther, Askham Hall and Gardens
Tourism provides around a fifth of Cumbria's jobs Credit: ITV Border

Tourism provides around a fifth of Cumbria's jobs and the industry relies on good weather, so while a rainy Sunday was good for indoor businesses, Good Friday and Easter Saturday were good for outdoor attractions.

The weather is important because around 51% of day visitors to Cumbria come from the North West, and a further 24% come from the North East, which means three quarters of day visitors are close enough that they can abandon plans if the weather doesn't look good.

Businesses now hope for more sunshine on the May bank holidays and into the Summer.