Spa boost as thousands enjoy venue

Scarborough Spa
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SCARBOROUGH Spa has enjoyed a surge in bookings in the months following its multi-million pound revamp.

More than 1,600 flocked to the Spa in December to enjoy Christmas party nights in the Ocean Room.

The venue also played host to three school awards ceremonies, two festivals and several small corporate meetings in November.

More than 300 people attended the military-style fundraiser A Night Before the Colours in November and last month it held its first rock concert since its reopening, welcoming Britpop legends Ocean Colour Scene to the Grand Hall.

Cllr David Jeffels, Scarborough Council’s cabinet member for tourism and culture, said: “Over 850 people attended and overall the night was a success with very positive feedback being received regarding the venue and show.

“Already significant bookings are being taken for 2012 with over 50 conference days already booked 14 weddings, 19 catering functions and a series of festivals, meetings and awards ceremonies.

“The Spa and Pavilion online bookings continue to grow. Online sales have increased by 43 per cent compared to the same period in 2010-2011. Increased social media activity around Facebook and Twitter is having a significant positive impact on online sales.”

The Spa reopened in May following a year-long refurbishment project.

The grand reopening was celebrated with a concert by the world-famous Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra.

The extensive refurbishment project has seen a major redevelopment of the Grade II listed Victorian concert hall, reception areas and offices.

Communication systems, air conditioning and technical equipment have also been upgraded.

The Grand Hall’s stage area has been enlarged and now includes an access lift for stage set to allow more flexibility for shows and performances at the Spa and allowing scenes to be changed quickly and efficiently.