Final figures for visitor numbers to the Barton upon Humber arts centre, The Ropewalk, see a rise of just over 36 per cent over the previous year’s record breaking numbers.
By December 31 last year a total of 106,861 visitors had passed through The Ropewalk’s doors compared to 78,412 in 2013.
“Visitor figures for 2013 exceeded all our expectations as they had risen by just under 84 per cent on the numbers for 2012,” said The Ropewalk’s Managing Director Liz Bennet.
“This year we will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of the opening of the southern end of the building and it is incredible to think that back then we attracted more than 17,000 visitors following our April opening.”
“It goes without saying we are absolutely delighted with these figures,” Liz continued. “Many of these visitors have been supporting us since the early days when we opened just the southern end of the building. But we are also welcoming many new visitors who we hope will take the time to visit us again in the not too distant future.”
Year on year visitor figures recorded at the Maltkiln Road venue have shown a steady increase.
“Not only are more people enjoying visiting our galleries, museum and Coffee Shop but we are playing to more sell-out gigs at Ropery Hall and the number of people using our meeting rooms has also increased,” Liz went on.
As well as visitor numbers increasing so is the number of full-time and part-time staff employed at The Ropewalk which now stands at a record 34.
“Many of the young people employed in the Coffee Shop on a weekend or part-time basis are able to take the skills they have learnt with us when they move on to university and are looking for part-time employment to supplement their income,” Liz continued.