The North Devon coastal town of Lynmouth will receive a major boost when the new Lynmouth Pavilion is officially opened this Thursday (17 October 2013) after less than twelve months of construction work.
Andrea Davis, Chairman of Exmoor National Park Authority, who was instrumental in securing substantial funding from Devon County Council will open the £1.2 million Pavilion building. The project to replace the old 1930s Pavilion, which was beyond repair, was jointly funded and led by Exmoor National Park Authority.
Miss Davis said: “The funding we received from Devon County Council’s ‘Invest in Devon’ scheme has enabled this amazing state of the art attraction to come about which will benefit tourism and businesses in Lynton and Lynmouth and the wider Exmoor area for years to come.”
On the ground floor, the National Park Centre is a learning and experience hub which will help local people and visitors understand more about Exmoor National Park. The Pavilion has been designed to have 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, which has been specially commissioned for the Centre, offers new, aerial views of Exmoor National Park and will run in the audio theatre offering people a different view of Exmoor and encouraging them to explore further.
On the top floor is a new café run by a local Lynmouth business with exhibition space available which will change throughout the year. Also upstairs is the new home of the HLF-funded Lynmouth Pavilion Project aimed at uncovering local heritage and displaying it for all to enjoy. The Project will also work with schools and colleges in the area and will be recruiting and training volunteers.
Chris Spear, area director at Morgan Sindall said: “We are delighted to have been involved with the rebuilding of the iconic pavilion. The new year round facility will be entirely beneficial to Exmoor National Park and the local community. The opening is the perfect way to celebrate the work achieved in the rebuilding of Lynmouth Pavilion.”