area gets summer trade boost despite poor August weather
parks and businesses in the Burnham-On-Sea area have seen a mostly
positive summer of trade despite disappointing weather.
has spoken to a cross-section of local businesses this week to
find out how they've fared over the summer as they wind down after
the busy school holidays.
Home Farm Holiday Park says it has seen one of its busiest summers
for years. Owner Steve Atkins told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We
have had a bumper season - it's been good throughout for us from
seasonal tourers and pitches. I reckon we've had our busiest season
for six or seven years in terms of visitor numbers and spend per
Brean Leisure Park has fared well too, with Alan House saying:
"Overall, the season has been very positive for us. The last
couple of weeks were challenging due to the poor weather, but
the first few weeks were really busy. I think we benefited from
more 'staycation' visitors, with fewer people holidaying abroad
Burnham town centre, businesses have experienced a mixed season
where there has been more reliance on good weather to bring in
Laurence at the Sweet Shack in Burnham High Street said: "We
had a great Bank Holiday weekend and a good summer overall. There
has been plenty of spending, even though the number of visitors
seems to have been slightly down."
Zone's Pat Bentley added: "We haven't been as busy as some
summers - people just do not seem to have been spending as much
this year, but the summer season was OK overall."
Barber at Bessies Sweet Shoppe in Burnham High Street added: "It's
been a funny season - we were really busy in June and July during
the better weather, while August was quieter. It's been a reasonable
summer overall, though."
Parkin, at Burnham Pavilion, said: "It's been a mediocre
year for us. There has been no consistent good weather which dented
trade. We're down on last summer, but are still holding out for
a late Indian Summer!"
Colin Morris at GW Hurleys added: "The summer was fair overall
- trade has been nothing extraordinary, but there's not much money
about and the weather deflated the visitor number. Burnham's car
parking is far too expensive compared to other towns and I think
this puts off some visitors."
Burnham guesthouses and B&Bs have reported a busy summer,
with many saying their occupancy rates were up on last year.