Businesses in North Devon have enjoyed another bumper season, with many tourists opting for a staycation this year.The Big Sheep in Bideford has enjoyed a record bank holiday weekend, claiming post-Brexit uncertainty has made domestic tourism hugely attractive. Director Rick Turner said following a disappointing June and July, numbers picked up and visitors for bank holiday Sunday were up 50 per cent on last year. He said: Following a drop in confidence after the (EU) vote in June, the market has really picked up over the past month. There has been a 10 per cent devaluation in the pound against both the dollar and the euro making overseas holidays seriously expensive and the staycation is now firmly back on the agenda. The terrorist atrocities in Europe and North Africa have also made the safety of a South West holiday an obvious choice for families in the UK. This view was echoed by Rod Chatfield, chairman of Ilfracombe and District Tourism Association and owner of Varley House B and B, who said the town appeared to be very busy. He said: The people I have spoken to all seem to be busier than they were last year. For us, last year was our best year and it has gone better for us this year. Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks reported a tremendous summer season. Kevin Darvill, sales and marketing director, said the park had even managed to better last years brilliant performance after a large investment. He said: Our bookings for accommodation were up 2.6 per cent - that may not sound a lot but as we run at circa 99 per cent occupancy every summer then theres not a lot of extra room for growth. Because of that we saw guests book earlier than before to secure their place and so we had to turn many last minute bookers away as we simply did not have any accommodation left. Camping and touring customers were not put off by the odd spot of rain with bookings up 11 per cent on last year. John Fowler Holidays also reported good season and a surging 26 per cent increase in visitor numbers across its North Devon parks compared with last year. All local sites have been fully booked for the school holiday period and Cathie Higgs at the company said there had been a rise in numbers for the shoulder periods, with June and September proving popular. Patchy weather had taken hold this summer - but North Devon Marketing Bureau chairman Trevor Stanbury said it hadnt stopped people from visiting North Devon. Its been mixed weather-wise but has never really spoilt peoples holidays; I think people accept the weather is changeable and the fact that weve had a few wet ones hasnt put people off coming here on holiday. North Devon has a huge mix of attractions big and small; the visitors we have spoken to have had cracking holidays here. Overall its been a good season; there have been some areas that havent done so well if were being honest and we really do need to get our marketing act together to compete with the others. Mr Stanbury, whose Milky Way Adventure Park was named the UKs seventh best amusement park by TripAdvisor for the second year running, urged people to attend the marketing bureau AGM at the Queens Theatre in Barnstaple on September 27, from 10am to midday. Please come along and show your support and listen and see the progress weve made, he said.