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South West tourist attractions recognised at awards

The South West Tourism awards take place this evening with our own Ian and Kylie presenting the awards. Photo: ITV West Country

The South West Tourism awards are a celebration of how important the region's attractions are to this part of the world, with all the international visitors they bring.

2015 was a turbulent year with very unpredictable weather. Especially over the summer which regularly turned from sunshine to heavy downpours.

Credit: ITV West Country

But it was a good year for indoor attractions like Wookey Hole Caves in Somerset, which saw a rise in visitors as Gerry Cottle the Director of the site explains.

It was a very different story for many of the West's outdoor attractions, where the weather had a clear effect on visitor numbers.

Events like the Shaun the Sheep trail in Bristol and Banksy's Dismaland at Weston-super-Mare, helped the trade by bringing thousands of people to the region. But the wet summer and autumn affected the all year around attractions.

The Shaun the Sheep trail was a popular success in Bristol. Credit: ITV West Country

Tonight's ceremony is being hosted by our own Ian Axton and Kylie Pentelow.

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