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8:15am 22nd April 2014

The tills are alive in Cornwall.

Some of the Duchy's major tourist attractions tell Pirate FM they have seen a big rise in visitors over Easter.

Sites like the Lost Gardens of Heligan are reporting almost a 20% jump.

MD George Elworthy said: "With travel links restored and sunshine beaming down, it's been the perfect Easter at The Lost Gardens. The holidays have coincided with the blooming of our magnificent rhododendrons, the arrival of our emus, the hatching of our chicks and the opening of our exciting 100ft Jungle Rope Bridge. With something to satisfy garden interests of all ages we've seen an 18% increase in visitor numbers in April so far!"

Pentillie Castle is also doing well.

Spokesperson Sammie Coryton said: "Despite the horrors the weather threw at us at the start of the year, and the disappointing visitor numbers at mid-term, I have to say this was one of our best Easters ever, both in terms of B&B and the garden open day.  So good in fact, that we are opening again on Easter Monday, and adding additional events such as a dawn chorus walk next weekend, now that both the weather is improving and visitors are returning to the South West."

On Thursday, Pirate FM told you some holiday parks were reporting a surge in bookings after a sunny start to the bank holiday.

Clare Reynolds is bookings manager at Trevornick Holiday Park that overlooks Holywell Bay: "I think it just makes people feel a lot happier and they just want to get out and enjoy the outdoors so camping's great for that. It's very, very positive and we're looking forward to the summer as well really.

"We do get a lot of our customers re-book year on year because they want their certain pitches. We're getting bookings coming in for the summer - I mean the first four weeks of the school holiday are looking pretty booked up already."

Gina runs an art gallery in Polperro.

She was hit by the winter storms and says the sunshine is welcome: "My gallery flooded three times; once in January and twice in February. So I've only just re-opened - I've been open for a week now and it's been extremely busy, extremely.

"Being an artist living on the harbour, I can tell you Polperro's one of the most attractive places I've ever lived and I've travelled extensively; I've lived in Hawaii, Switzerland and the far east but I always come back to Polperro."

It is being claimed that Visit Cornwall is reporting a 10% drop in staying visitors this year, especially among the small accommodation providers.

But that is compared to reports after the storms that suggested bookings were down 25%

Hotels and attractions are still putting out the message Cornwall is 'Open for Business' and are hoping for a bumper summer.

8:15am 22nd April 2014

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