Tourism sectors across the region are reaping the benefits as a result of the late summer sunshine.

Although the Met Office has not officially classed September’s fine weather as an ‘Indian Summer’, for tourism businesses and visitors, it has certainly felt like one.

Adrian Culley, South West general manager at Marsdens Devon Cottages, said: “The superb weather we’ve experienced in North Devon over the last week or so has resulted in a higher number of last minute bookings than we would have normally taken for this time of year.”

Rick Turner, owner of the Big Sheep family attraction in Bideford, said: “This unexpected sunshine has been a great extension to the summer and just what the industry needs.

“I have been speaking with accommodation providers and other attractions in Devon and reports coming back are that the September sunshine has brought about a great end to the Devon tourism season and bodes well for a great October half-term.”

Woolacombe Bay Holiday Park’s sales and marketing director, Kevin Darvill, said: “This weather has been a great extension to our already bumper peak season and a welcome break from our wettest-ever August.”