The Poldark effect! Fans flock to shores of Britain’s favourite TV series
The return of hit BBC drama Poldark has sparked an increase in bookings for Falmouth in Cornwall.
As the hotly anticipated series two of BBC’s Poldark returned to our screens last night (4th September) bookings and searches for a luxury hotel in Falmouth soared.
Falmouth featured heavily in the debut episode of series two, sparking an increase of 210% in bookings and 152 percent increase in website visits for The Greenbank Hotel, compared to the same date last year. The hotel’s sales, web visits and enquiries between 9pm and 11pm spiked shortly after Poldark’s lover, Demelza boarded the Falmouth to Bodmin stage coach in pursuit of her condemned husband.
Last year Captain Ross Poldark, played by Aiden Turner, enticed 5.9 million viewers to the show, which in turn has fuelled a surge in visits to Cornwall. The Greenbank Hotel, has seen a year-on-year growth of nearly 25 percent since the drama hit the screens in April 2015, as fans grab the chance to visit the setting of the BBC’s most popular drama.
Ben Young, general manager at The Greenbank Hotel, said: “With an autumnal tone to series two its timing is perfect for enticing visitors to the county and with Falmouth featuring so prominently in the first episode it has resulted in a welcome boost to our autumn bookings. With everything the drama showcases right on our doorstep here in Falmouth we look forward to welcoming those in search of Poldark-county.”
The recently refurbished four-star, The Greenbank Hotel is situated on the water’s edge overlooking Falmouth harbour in Cornwall. Falmouth’s oldest hotel is the only hotel in the South West to boast its own private pontoons and quay, so guests can arrive by land or water.
Those looking to experience two of Poldark’s popular destinations, Truro and Falmouth, can book a coast and city break this autumn from £325 for two nights, for two people staying at The Alverton Hotel in Truro and The Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth.