Record crowds at the Gardens

BUXTON’S Pavilion Gardens attracted a record number of visitors in September — the fourth time numbers have broken records this year.

Indoor facilities at the Pavilion Gardens, which is owned and managed by High Peak Borough Council, attracted 52,001 visitors last month, an increase of 2,978 or 6.07 per cent on the same month last year.

Attendance records were also broken in April, July and August, helping the attraction record an 11.9 per cent increase of 43,754 visits in the year to date.

Visits are up this year by nearly 7,300, meaning that 411,510 people have visited the Pavilion Cafe or Coffee Bar, Gift Boutique and Art Gallery, Tourist Information Centre, Pavilion Arts Centre or The Octagon.

And when the outdoor gardens are also taken into account, it is estimated that the Pavilion Gardens as a whole could attract more than a million visitors by the end of this year.

Ian Huddlestone, executive councillor for regeneration, said: “These remarkable figures underline the importance of the Pavilion Gardens to the local economy.

“We know that many of our visitors then go on to explore the many other fine shops, restaurants and pubs in the town centre.

“The success of the Pavilion Gardens is also great news for the taxpayers as it helps us protect vital front-line services and keep council tax down, despite the challenging economic conditions we face.”

The unveiling of the Pavilion Arts Centre for the first time for the summer’s cultural festivals was a key factor in the Pavilion Gardens’ success, along with July’s fine weather, added Cllr Huddlestone.