Five million reasons to be cheerful - Colchester gets record number of tourists

Essex County Standard: Five million reasons to be cheerful - Colchester gets record number of tourists Five million reasons to be cheerful - Colchester gets record number of tourists

MORE than five million tourist trips are made to Colchester borough every year, new figures reveal.

A rise in “staycations” and friends and family visiting saw more and more tourists come to Colchester during the recession.

The value of tourism shot up to £311million, according to the latest data.

The figures are boosted by visits to the borough, one of the fastest growing in the country in terms of population, by friends and relatives of residents.

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6:42pm Tue 18 Feb 14

jim_bo says...

13,700 a day!!!!

Has someone made this up?

I'm all for tourism as I believe Colchester can become the York of the south with our Roman Heritage, but come on do you really think we're stupid?
13,700 a day!!!! Has someone made this up? I'm all for tourism as I believe Colchester can become the York of the south with our Roman Heritage, but come on do you really think we're stupid? jim_bo
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7:28pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Zaffre says...

I am proud of our heritage, attractions and flourishing university all of which attract people to our town. However, as the report mentions 'staycations' I expect these figures include locals (like my friends and family) who regularly visit local attractions throughout the year. Hopefully the figures will rise now the VAF toilets may count as a tourist attraction as they've been national news this month!
I am proud of our heritage, attractions and flourishing university all of which attract people to our town. However, as the report mentions 'staycations' I expect these figures include locals (like my friends and family) who regularly visit local attractions throughout the year. Hopefully the figures will rise now the VAF toilets may count as a tourist attraction as they've been national news this month! Zaffre
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7:42pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Wicky1 says...

Thanks Zaffre- I would have missed that without you mentioning it

"The Firstsite art gallery in Colchester, Essex, has attracted around 147,000 visitors a year… it emerged the majority of people were leaving within two minutes of coming through the doors. "

"The unofficial survey carried out by Colchester residents collected 20 hours of data - done in 60-minute ‘snapshots’ - looking at everyone who entered throughout January.
Of the 789 people who entered the building during the survey period, 54 per cent left again within two minutes.
On one of the days the survey took place, 67 people went through the doors but just seven actually looked around the gallery."

"As well as using the toilets, people staying for a short length of time said they had done so to keep warm out of the cold and to make deliveries to the gallery."
Thanks Zaffre- I would have missed that without you mentioning it "The Firstsite art gallery in Colchester, Essex, has attracted around 147,000 visitors a year… it emerged the majority of people were leaving within two minutes of coming through the doors. " "The unofficial survey carried out by Colchester residents collected 20 hours of data - done in 60-minute ‘snapshots’ - looking at everyone who entered throughout January. Of the 789 people who entered the building during the survey period, 54 per cent left again within two minutes. On one of the days the survey took place, 67 people went through the doors but just seven actually looked around the gallery." "As well as using the toilets, people staying for a short length of time said they had done so to keep warm out of the cold and to make deliveries to the gallery." Wicky1
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8:30pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Reginald47 says...

Glad some people can still whinge through good news
Glad some people can still whinge through good news Reginald47
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8:31pm Tue 18 Feb 14

gizabreak says...

Maybe they have come to see how many development sites you can see in Colchester. Don't think there were this many flags flying in ye olde days ....
Maybe they have come to see how many development sites you can see in Colchester. Don't think there were this many flags flying in ye olde days .... gizabreak
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9:01pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Assimilation says...

I`v been told many a time on this sites stories that you can not believe anything that you read in the press. So I am taking this as another fairy story. Even the picture they used is not on the wall, it`s just a shot of the best building in Eld Lane. Tell the photographer to turn around and show the real picture. The town centre is an excrement hole, look around.
I`v been told many a time on this sites stories that you can not believe anything that you read in the press. So I am taking this as another fairy story. Even the picture they used is not on the wall, it`s just a shot of the best building in Eld Lane. Tell the photographer to turn around and show the real picture. The town centre is an excrement hole, look around. Assimilation
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9:25pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Bert_Stimpson says...

Hilarious. Let's polish the turd and make some numbers up. I bet the methodology behind this study is a work of artistic genius.

Talking of art, if we get 5 million tourists a year (of course we do, Pinnochio), and Firsts*ite gets 147k visits a year, the golden turd is actually visited by less than 3% of tourists coming to Colchester...

Hmm, but 54% of firsts*ite visitors are just using the loo (see national pres for details), so were looking at 68k genuine visitors - just 1.36% of the 5 million tourists that flock to Colchester each year.

And with firsts*ite still burning through £1m of public funds a year, each genuine visit is subsidised to the tune of £14.70 (rounded down to the nearest penny).

Let's also consider the fact that a significant proportion of the paltry 68k genuine visits are from local Colchester residents and the argument for propping up the golden turd gets even more ridiculous.

All those associated with this fiasco should hang their heads in shame. To continue with this folly is idiocy, pure and simple.
Hilarious. Let's polish the turd and make some numbers up. I bet the methodology behind this study is a work of artistic genius. Talking of art, if we get 5 million tourists a year (of course we do, Pinnochio), and Firsts*ite gets 147k visits a year, the golden turd is actually visited by less than 3% of tourists coming to Colchester... Hmm, but 54% of firsts*ite visitors are just using the loo (see national pres for details), so were looking at 68k genuine visitors - just 1.36% of the 5 million tourists that flock to Colchester each year. And with firsts*ite still burning through £1m of public funds a year, each genuine visit is subsidised to the tune of £14.70 (rounded down to the nearest penny). Let's also consider the fact that a significant proportion of the paltry 68k genuine visits are from local Colchester residents and the argument for propping up the golden turd gets even more ridiculous. All those associated with this fiasco should hang their heads in shame. To continue with this folly is idiocy, pure and simple. Bert_Stimpson
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10:24pm Tue 18 Feb 14

talllboy says...

That is amazing - numbers up despite the castle being closed and no new hotels being opened yet. Check the decimal points please!
That is amazing - numbers up despite the castle being closed and no new hotels being opened yet. Check the decimal points please! talllboy
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10:34pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Hamiltonandy says...

Hope the 5million figure is true. There is so much great history to see in the town centre. Hopefully Tymperleys gates will open soon so I can take visitors to look at it. If only the owner of Jumbo would permit public access. The town hall is well worth a visit. Perhaps one day Jeff Jephcott's dream of a military museum might become reality.
Hope the 5million figure is true. There is so much great history to see in the town centre. Hopefully Tymperleys gates will open soon so I can take visitors to look at it. If only the owner of Jumbo would permit public access. The town hall is well worth a visit. Perhaps one day Jeff Jephcott's dream of a military museum might become reality. Hamiltonandy
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12:06am Wed 19 Feb 14

Assimilation says...

Hamiltonandy wrote:
Hope the 5million figure is true. There is so much great history to see in the town centre. Hopefully Tymperleys gates will open soon so I can take visitors to look at it. If only the owner of Jumbo would permit public access. The town hall is well worth a visit. Perhaps one day Jeff Jephcott's dream of a military museum might become reality.
Yes and there would have been far more history to see if the planning department had not given the developers permission to build on or over it, all for the sake of those big pound signs in their eyes seeing their pension pots filling to bursting.
[quote][p][bold]Hamiltonandy[/bold] wrote: Hope the 5million figure is true. There is so much great history to see in the town centre. Hopefully Tymperleys gates will open soon so I can take visitors to look at it. If only the owner of Jumbo would permit public access. The town hall is well worth a visit. Perhaps one day Jeff Jephcott's dream of a military museum might become reality.[/p][/quote]Yes and there would have been far more history to see if the planning department had not given the developers permission to build on or over it, all for the sake of those big pound signs in their eyes seeing their pension pots filling to bursting. Assimilation
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1:54am Wed 19 Feb 14

gizabreak says...

When are these people going to realise that the people of Colchester are not stupid. Colchester was a beautiful place with outstanding history behind it , and the residents were very proud of its status. They should be made to hang their heads in shame at what they have done to the place. So much development ..no proper infrastructure prior to building , no thought for the youth of Colchester ... No respect for the people . But we don't shout loud enough to say enough is enough !!!
When are these people going to realise that the people of Colchester are not stupid. Colchester was a beautiful place with outstanding history behind it , and the residents were very proud of its status. They should be made to hang their heads in shame at what they have done to the place. So much development ..no proper infrastructure prior to building , no thought for the youth of Colchester ... No respect for the people . But we don't shout loud enough to say enough is enough !!! gizabreak
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7:43am Wed 19 Feb 14

Dug says...

As the figures relate to the borough, rather than the town, then places like Dedham and Mersea, with its seaside visitors, would swell the visitor numbers.

The thought of hordes of tourists, in Colchester itself, just doesn't ring true to me and unfortunately I can't see it being a popular destination, on the scale of e.g. York, in my lifetime.
As the figures relate to the borough, rather than the town, then places like Dedham and Mersea, with its seaside visitors, would swell the visitor numbers. The thought of hordes of tourists, in Colchester itself, just doesn't ring true to me and unfortunately I can't see it being a popular destination, on the scale of e.g. York, in my lifetime. Dug
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8:48am Wed 19 Feb 14

No! I am Spartacus says...

Although the figures are incredibly unreliable- even if they are based on anything like the visits of tourists, it is likely including each day a tourist is here as separate visits (ie. family of 4 visiting for 5 days= 5 days x 4 people= 20 tourist days) - the advertising of them is a good thing for the town as it will attract more people.

The down side is that many of those people will wonder why 5 million tourists visited Colchester (particularly if they went to the VAF/Firstsite money pit). As others have stated, our town history has been slowly eroded by our elected (and formerly trusted) representatives.

Thank goodness for the castle which has remained a reliable attraction during this period...
Although the figures are incredibly unreliable- even if they are based on anything like the visits of tourists, it is likely including each day a tourist is here as separate visits (ie. family of 4 visiting for 5 days= 5 days x 4 people= 20 tourist days) - the advertising of them is a good thing for the town as it will attract more people. The down side is that many of those people will wonder why 5 million tourists visited Colchester (particularly if they went to the VAF/Firstsite money pit). As others have stated, our town history has been slowly eroded by our elected (and formerly trusted) representatives. Thank goodness for the castle which has remained a reliable attraction during this period... No! I am Spartacus
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9:33am Wed 19 Feb 14

stevedawson says...

It's all that extra traffic thats causing them pot holes.no body does nuffing about them.weve got twelve big ones in our road its like the somme.
It's all that extra traffic thats causing them pot holes.no body does nuffing about them.weve got twelve big ones in our road its like the somme. stevedawson
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10:11am Wed 19 Feb 14

historyman22 says...

Dug wrote:
As the figures relate to the borough, rather than the town, then places like Dedham and Mersea, with its seaside visitors, would swell the visitor numbers.

The thought of hordes of tourists, in Colchester itself, just doesn't ring true to me and unfortunately I can't see it being a popular destination, on the scale of e.g. York, in my lifetime.
Sad to say but I agree with the comment re: York. There is just so much more to see and do in the City of York.

Before people start comparing Colchester to York, they really need to get up there to see just how much would need to be done to even get close.

How do I know?

I lived there for three years and now live here. Don't get me wrong, Colchester has plenty going for it ... but it is never going to be like York.
[quote][p][bold]Dug[/bold] wrote: As the figures relate to the borough, rather than the town, then places like Dedham and Mersea, with its seaside visitors, would swell the visitor numbers. The thought of hordes of tourists, in Colchester itself, just doesn't ring true to me and unfortunately I can't see it being a popular destination, on the scale of e.g. York, in my lifetime.[/p][/quote]Sad to say but I agree with the comment re: York. There is just so much more to see and do in the City of York. Before people start comparing Colchester to York, they really need to get up there to see just how much would need to be done to even get close. How do I know? I lived there for three years and now live here. Don't get me wrong, Colchester has plenty going for it ... but it is never going to be like York. historyman22
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10:37am Wed 19 Feb 14

Jess Jephcott says...

York, from memory, has the Minster, the walls to walk, the Yorvik Centre, traffic free centre with excellent shops, superb natural countryside nearby. Plus it is a city. What else? What do we have by comparison? I would say that our heritage is far better than York but it is not promoted. Why is that? We could have a traffic free town centre if it wasn't for a few dinosaurs who see that the have a God given right to drive through the town centre creating noise, danger to pedestrians and carcinogens for us to breath. Our castle was good but, when it re-opens, will be much better than the Yorvik Centre and their dopey old vikings. We have Romans. Far more civilised! Our shopping areas are good but could be better if the pedestrianisation thing was developed. We need mor B and B and hotels too, but that is all a product of the attitude of our currently lacklustre council. As to the countryside, we have it aplenty, with more besides. Our weather is the best in the country, believe it or not. Lowest annual rainfall at 600mm per year. Colchester could be a far better tourist attraction than York, with a bit of positive thinking. Sadly though, we seem to have more than our fair share of whiners who would happily drag us all down to the bottom of the pile. I vote that we ship a few of them out to Basildon where they can really enjoy the culture that they clearly aspire to.
York, from memory, has the Minster, the walls to walk, the Yorvik Centre, traffic free centre with excellent shops, superb natural countryside nearby. Plus it is a city. What else? What do we have by comparison? I would say that our heritage is far better than York but it is not promoted. Why is that? We could have a traffic free town centre if it wasn't for a few dinosaurs who see that the have a God given right to drive through the town centre creating noise, danger to pedestrians and carcinogens for us to breath. Our castle was good but, when it re-opens, will be much better than the Yorvik Centre and their dopey old vikings. We have Romans. Far more civilised! Our shopping areas are good but could be better if the pedestrianisation thing was developed. We need mor B and B and hotels too, but that is all a product of the attitude of our currently lacklustre council. As to the countryside, we have it aplenty, with more besides. Our weather is the best in the country, believe it or not. Lowest annual rainfall at 600mm per year. Colchester could be a far better tourist attraction than York, with a bit of positive thinking. Sadly though, we seem to have more than our fair share of whiners who would happily drag us all down to the bottom of the pile. I vote that we ship a few of them out to Basildon where they can really enjoy the culture that they clearly aspire to. Jess Jephcott
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10:48am Wed 19 Feb 14

setbuilder says...

Jess Jephcott wrote:
York, from memory, has the Minster, the walls to walk, the Yorvik Centre, traffic free centre with excellent shops, superb natural countryside nearby. Plus it is a city. What else? What do we have by comparison? I would say that our heritage is far better than York but it is not promoted. Why is that? We could have a traffic free town centre if it wasn't for a few dinosaurs who see that the have a God given right to drive through the town centre creating noise, danger to pedestrians and carcinogens for us to breath. Our castle was good but, when it re-opens, will be much better than the Yorvik Centre and their dopey old vikings. We have Romans. Far more civilised! Our shopping areas are good but could be better if the pedestrianisation thing was developed. We need mor B and B and hotels too, but that is all a product of the attitude of our currently lacklustre council. As to the countryside, we have it aplenty, with more besides. Our weather is the best in the country, believe it or not. Lowest annual rainfall at 600mm per year. Colchester could be a far better tourist attraction than York, with a bit of positive thinking. Sadly though, we seem to have more than our fair share of whiners who would happily drag us all down to the bottom of the pile. I vote that we ship a few of them out to Basildon where they can really enjoy the culture that they clearly aspire to.
Woah! Dammit Jess, I agree with You! ;)
[quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: York, from memory, has the Minster, the walls to walk, the Yorvik Centre, traffic free centre with excellent shops, superb natural countryside nearby. Plus it is a city. What else? What do we have by comparison? I would say that our heritage is far better than York but it is not promoted. Why is that? We could have a traffic free town centre if it wasn't for a few dinosaurs who see that the have a God given right to drive through the town centre creating noise, danger to pedestrians and carcinogens for us to breath. Our castle was good but, when it re-opens, will be much better than the Yorvik Centre and their dopey old vikings. We have Romans. Far more civilised! Our shopping areas are good but could be better if the pedestrianisation thing was developed. We need mor B and B and hotels too, but that is all a product of the attitude of our currently lacklustre council. As to the countryside, we have it aplenty, with more besides. Our weather is the best in the country, believe it or not. Lowest annual rainfall at 600mm per year. Colchester could be a far better tourist attraction than York, with a bit of positive thinking. Sadly though, we seem to have more than our fair share of whiners who would happily drag us all down to the bottom of the pile. I vote that we ship a few of them out to Basildon where they can really enjoy the culture that they clearly aspire to.[/p][/quote]Woah! Dammit Jess, I agree with You! ;) setbuilder
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12:10pm Wed 19 Feb 14

historyman22 says...

Jess Jephcott wrote:
York, from memory, has the Minster, the walls to walk, the Yorvik Centre, traffic free centre with excellent shops, superb natural countryside nearby. Plus it is a city. What else? What do we have by comparison? I would say that our heritage is far better than York but it is not promoted. Why is that? We could have a traffic free town centre if it wasn't for a few dinosaurs who see that the have a God given right to drive through the town centre creating noise, danger to pedestrians and carcinogens for us to breath. Our castle was good but, when it re-opens, will be much better than the Yorvik Centre and their dopey old vikings. We have Romans. Far more civilised! Our shopping areas are good but could be better if the pedestrianisation thing was developed. We need mor B and B and hotels too, but that is all a product of the attitude of our currently lacklustre council. As to the countryside, we have it aplenty, with more besides. Our weather is the best in the country, believe it or not. Lowest annual rainfall at 600mm per year. Colchester could be a far better tourist attraction than York, with a bit of positive thinking. Sadly though, we seem to have more than our fair share of whiners who would happily drag us all down to the bottom of the pile. I vote that we ship a few of them out to Basildon where they can really enjoy the culture that they clearly aspire to.
Before it was York it was Eboracium. Roman I believe?
[quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: York, from memory, has the Minster, the walls to walk, the Yorvik Centre, traffic free centre with excellent shops, superb natural countryside nearby. Plus it is a city. What else? What do we have by comparison? I would say that our heritage is far better than York but it is not promoted. Why is that? We could have a traffic free town centre if it wasn't for a few dinosaurs who see that the have a God given right to drive through the town centre creating noise, danger to pedestrians and carcinogens for us to breath. Our castle was good but, when it re-opens, will be much better than the Yorvik Centre and their dopey old vikings. We have Romans. Far more civilised! Our shopping areas are good but could be better if the pedestrianisation thing was developed. We need mor B and B and hotels too, but that is all a product of the attitude of our currently lacklustre council. As to the countryside, we have it aplenty, with more besides. Our weather is the best in the country, believe it or not. Lowest annual rainfall at 600mm per year. Colchester could be a far better tourist attraction than York, with a bit of positive thinking. Sadly though, we seem to have more than our fair share of whiners who would happily drag us all down to the bottom of the pile. I vote that we ship a few of them out to Basildon where they can really enjoy the culture that they clearly aspire to.[/p][/quote]Before it was York it was Eboracium. Roman I believe? historyman22
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2:57pm Wed 19 Feb 14

romantic says...

I agree with pretty much everything said by Jess on this. We are sitting on a place that could be a major tourist centre, but we really do not make the most of our assets.

I would love the figure of 5 million visitors to be true, I really would. But it doesn't add up unless you take visitor to mean anybody who comes to Colchester for any purpose at all (work, college, going to the shops).

Colchester stations have about 2.6m entries per year. Car parking spaces: let's say there are 5,000 spaces per day, that's another 1.8m per year. Buses and coaches will bring in a few more. But how many of those could be called visitors, except in the loosest possible way that they are coming in from outside town. I would love to see how this 5m figure is reached.

As a point of comparison, Stratford on Avon has about 4.9m visitors. Stratford is one of the main places that tourists head for in the country after London, yet they report less tourists than Colchester? Perhaps the more realistic figure would be the 278,000 people per year reported as staying in Colchester overnight (it's on CBC's own website).

And yet Colchester could be as big on "the circuit" as Stratford. We're an easy trip out from London, we've got the castle, Roman Walls, the park, lots of nice shopping streets, even the VAF (It's there now, we might as well get visitors in there, yet it's hidden away with scarcely a signpost saying it's even there). The people who do come here really enjoy it, they see Colchester as a hidden gem, but we perhaps need to make it just a little less hidden.
I agree with pretty much everything said by Jess on this. We are sitting on a place that could be a major tourist centre, but we really do not make the most of our assets. I would love the figure of 5 million visitors to be true, I really would. But it doesn't add up unless you take visitor to mean anybody who comes to Colchester for any purpose at all (work, college, going to the shops). Colchester stations have about 2.6m entries per year. Car parking spaces: let's say there are 5,000 spaces per day, that's another 1.8m per year. Buses and coaches will bring in a few more. But how many of those could be called visitors, except in the loosest possible way that they are coming in from outside town. I would love to see how this 5m figure is reached. As a point of comparison, Stratford on Avon has about 4.9m visitors. Stratford is one of the main places that tourists head for in the country after London, yet they report less tourists than Colchester? Perhaps the more realistic figure would be the 278,000 people per year reported as staying in Colchester overnight (it's on CBC's own website). And yet Colchester could be as big on "the circuit" as Stratford. We're an easy trip out from London, we've got the castle, Roman Walls, the park, lots of nice shopping streets, even the VAF (It's there now, we might as well get visitors in there, yet it's hidden away with scarcely a signpost saying it's even there). The people who do come here really enjoy it, they see Colchester as a hidden gem, but we perhaps need to make it just a little less hidden. romantic
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4:13pm Wed 19 Feb 14

jim_bo says...

Perhaps it's time to loose all the town centre quangos, self centred arts elite and council hopelessness and form our own tourism group to steer the town.

No politics, just working for the good of the town and encouraging tourism and tourist based business into the town.

Castle
Dedham
Flatford
The Roman Walls
Castle Park
Jumbo
Siege House
Dutch Quarter
Munnings Museum
Holly trees

To name just a few of the attractions
Perhaps it's time to loose all the town centre quangos, self centred arts elite and council hopelessness and form our own tourism group to steer the town. No politics, just working for the good of the town and encouraging tourism and tourist based business into the town. Castle Dedham Flatford The Roman Walls Castle Park Jumbo Siege House Dutch Quarter Munnings Museum Holly trees To name just a few of the attractions jim_bo
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4:18pm Wed 19 Feb 14

HARRY438 says...

Staycation, that's the OAPS sorted!
Staycation, that's the OAPS sorted! HARRY438
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5:13pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Nice idea Jimbo. Where to start? Take a look here at http://www.camulos.c
om/virtual/guide.htm
#leaflets and tell me why the council will not endorse these leaflets, despite them being offered to them at no cost. It beats me. It really does. They have nothing like it in the Visitor Information Centre and would rather have that nothing than these leaflets.
Nice idea Jimbo. Where to start? Take a look here at http://www.camulos.c om/virtual/guide.htm #leaflets and tell me why the council will not endorse these leaflets, despite them being offered to them at no cost. It beats me. It really does. They have nothing like it in the Visitor Information Centre and would rather have that nothing than these leaflets. Jess Jephcott
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5:25pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Douglas Park says...

The 13,700 visitors a day probably also includes all the people who come in from Tendring everyday - not just visitors from outwith the local area, not to mention those visiting Tiptree, Mersea and other places in the Borough.

Given the Castle was closed to visitors for most of 2013, it can only be hoped that with it reopening this spring, visitor numbers will also increase.

Colchester's town centre is 80% pedestrianised and I suspect that about the same as in York. In an earlier life I used to visit York about once a month and was there late last summer. It is much bigger than Colchester and traffic is a nightmare there too. However, it doesn't have much competition as the nearest towns are a good hour away by car. Colchester has Ipswich, Chelmsford, Braintree, Clacton all nearer and all vying for visitor footfall too.
The 13,700 visitors a day probably also includes all the people who come in from Tendring everyday - not just visitors from outwith the local area, not to mention those visiting Tiptree, Mersea and other places in the Borough. Given the Castle was closed to visitors for most of 2013, it can only be hoped that with it reopening this spring, visitor numbers will also increase. Colchester's town centre is 80% pedestrianised and I suspect that about the same as in York. In an earlier life I used to visit York about once a month and was there late last summer. It is much bigger than Colchester and traffic is a nightmare there too. However, it doesn't have much competition as the nearest towns are a good hour away by car. Colchester has Ipswich, Chelmsford, Braintree, Clacton all nearer and all vying for visitor footfall too. Douglas Park
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6:22pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Simon Taylor says...

I hesitate to chip in, but a couple of points:
1. Don't confuse visitors with tourists. Of the visitors from Britain who stay overnight, the number on holiday is around 30%, (2007-12 average).
2. The comparable figure quoted a decade ago was 5.2 million.
I hesitate to chip in, but a couple of points: 1. Don't confuse visitors with tourists. Of the visitors from Britain who stay overnight, the number on holiday is around 30%, (2007-12 average). 2. The comparable figure quoted a decade ago was 5.2 million. Simon Taylor
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7:00pm Wed 19 Feb 14

jim_bo says...

Lie lies and **** statistics Mr Taylor!

As for your site Jess, great for Colchester. Loads of info on there. Might be worth getting a designer to look at it to modernise it and make it user friendly but a very useful resource.
Lie lies and **** statistics Mr Taylor! As for your site Jess, great for Colchester. Loads of info on there. Might be worth getting a designer to look at it to modernise it and make it user friendly but a very useful resource. jim_bo
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1:36pm Thu 20 Feb 14

stevedawson says...

The visitor from darlington seems to like the taste of colchester.
The visitor from darlington seems to like the taste of colchester. stevedawson
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2:07pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Bert_Stimpson says...

Jess Jephcott wrote:
Nice idea Jimbo. Where to start? Take a look here at http://www.camulos.c

om/virtual/guide.htm

#leaflets and tell me why the council will not endorse these leaflets, despite them being offered to them at no cost. It beats me. It really does. They have nothing like it in the Visitor Information Centre and would rather have that nothing than these leaflets.
Is the Visitor Information Centre being sold off?
[quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: Nice idea Jimbo. Where to start? Take a look here at http://www.camulos.c om/virtual/guide.htm #leaflets and tell me why the council will not endorse these leaflets, despite them being offered to them at no cost. It beats me. It really does. They have nothing like it in the Visitor Information Centre and would rather have that nothing than these leaflets.[/p][/quote]Is the Visitor Information Centre being sold off? Bert_Stimpson
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2:28pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Wicky1 says...

It's odd why they want to hide the visitor info centre away from the 5 million 'tourists' - found out after a bit of digging around it has been moved across the road to the Hollytrees Museum.

Probably ripe for redevelopment for 2-bedroom flats. Or better as a first aid station considering if you search for what goes on in Queen St.
It's odd why they want to hide the visitor info centre away from the 5 million 'tourists' - found out after a bit of digging around it has been moved across the road to the Hollytrees Museum. Probably ripe for redevelopment for 2-bedroom flats. Or better as a first aid station considering if you search for what goes on in Queen St. Wicky1
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6:47pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Jess Jephcott says...

It has moved to Hollytrees as part of the dumbing down of our heritage attractions. Not sure what has been removed to make way for it but will no doubt find out when I pay them a visit. I guess the old place will be sold off to raise much needed funds for council pensions.
It has moved to Hollytrees as part of the dumbing down of our heritage attractions. Not sure what has been removed to make way for it but will no doubt find out when I pay them a visit. I guess the old place will be sold off to raise much needed funds for council pensions. Jess Jephcott
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