Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Official opening of rebuilt £1.2million seafront landmark on Thursday (October 17).
THE new £1.2million Lynmouth Pavilion will be officially opened tomorrow (Thursday).
The old 1930s Pavilion was demolished and rebuilt by contractors Morgan Sindall during the past year in a project jointly funded and led by Exmoor National Park Authority.
The new building will include a ground floor state-of-the-art National Park Centre, exhibition and educational space as well as a top floor café.
The old pavilion had been closed for several years because the structure was unsafe, before funding from the national park and Devon County Council enabled work to begin.
It will be opened tomorrow by Andrea Davis, chairman of the National Park Authority and a county councillor, who was instrumental in securing funding.
“The funding the council’s Invest in Devon scheme has enabled this amazing state-of-the-art attraction to come about,” she said.
“It will benefit tourism and businesses in Lynton and Lynmouth and the wider Exmoor area for years to come.”
The pavilion has a mix of high tech and more traditional exhibits with everything from a large touch screen table and iPads to the traditional seaside photo board.
A short film, specially commissioned for the centre, offers new, aerial views of Exmoor National Park and will run in the audio theatre to give people a different view of Exmoor and encourage them to explore further.
On the top floor is a new café run by a Lynmouth business with exhibition space available which will change throughout the year.
Also upstairs is the new home of the Heritage Lottery funded Lynmouth Pavilion Project aimed at uncovering local heritage and displaying it for all to enjoy.