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Is Lytham a Honey-Pot?

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Is Lytham a Honey-Pot? Introduction Aim The idea of my 'Geography Fieldwork' is to find out if Lytham is a 'honey pot' or not and to do this we have set certain hypotheses. These hypotheses are as follows: Lytham, * Attracts 'swarms' of visitors * Has attractive scenery * Has places of historic interest * Caters for people with more leisure time * Provides ample car parking space * Lies in close proximity to several self-catering caravan parks / holiday villages * Advertises in brochures, magazines and newspapers * Can provide hotel / guest house accommodation * Once people have visited Lytham they come back * People who visit Lytham are mainly over 50 years of age * Most people who visit Lytham are middle class * People visiting Lytham are mainly female * Has shops providing specialist or tourist commodities By finding answers to the hypotheses above I should be able to give a more accurate statement to say that Lytham is a honey pot. I also need to try and find out if the visitors create: * Parking problems * Traffic congestion * Crowding * Litter Are the four above statements True or are they False? Method Below is a simple timetable for the investigation: (a.m.) * Note down types of businesses and shops in Lytham town centre on a street map. * Conduct a traffic survey (5 minutes). * Conduct a pedestrian survey (10 minutes). * Photograph the environment and facilities. * Find out if there is ample parking space for vehicles. * (p.m.) * Conduct a questionnaire to determine Lytham's sphere of influence and visitor opinion and find out the answers to the hypothesis. * Further traffic and pedestrian surveys. (So that the results can be compared with the morning results). The above six points will be completed in my group of six, in this group we have decided to split ourselves into three groups of two so that we will get a wide spread set of results which we can collate after the investigation. ...read more.

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Knowing all of the above information I feel that Lytham does attract swarms of visitors because there was a high volume of traffic and people in a small space of time and if we would have counted for a longer amount of time the numbers would keep on increasing suggesting even more that Lytham attracts swarms of visitors. * Has attractive scenery There were no questions on my questionnaire about the scenery in Lytham but I have taken some photographs of the area in and around Lytham town centre to show that the area is attractive and clean. Its residents also refer to Lytham as 'Leafy Lytham', which as the name suggests is thought to be clean and have a large number of trees and other types of attractive scenery in order to encourage people to visit the area. Here is a photograph of the gardens around Lowther Pavilion: Lytham is also taking part in an event called 'Fylde in Bloom' which consists that the local area being brightened up with flowers and hanging baskets. These hanging baskets are hung outside every shop in Lytham's high street and are watered on a regular bases to keep them in top shape. * Has places of historic interest Lytham windmill is a place of historic interest in my opinion and was visited by 8 of the 81 people I questioned. Even though the windmill does not attract many visitors I feel that the reason for this is that it is located a good ten-minute walk from the town centre and on windy days it may not seem worth the walk. Here is a photograph of a sign in Lytham advertising the lifeboat museum that is also a place of historic interest and like the windmill it is located on Lytham green: * I have constructed a pie chart to show where the windmill ranks in relation to other attractions in Lytham: After looking through the results on the previous page I feel that Lytham does have ...read more.

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In the winter I think that there will be less visitors to Lytham because the weather can be rainy, overcast and windy which I feel would leave the visitor feeling miserable. I also think that at the weekends there will be more tourists in Lytham because most of the tourist will be working in the week and come to Lytham on their days off. The conclusions to which I have come to, are valid in my opinion and they are accurate, I also think that if I make the changes that I have talked about above the results which I record will be different but I think that all of the conclusions will be almost the same as they are now. This is because the basic principles are the same but I'm just increasing the length of time the investigation lasts so that I get a wider range of results. The photographs, which I have taken, are reasonable and I think that they are of relevance to the investigation, but I would have liked to take more so that I could back-up my results more, the problem was that my camera ran out of film. I have also tried to back up my information with brochures and leaflets, which I acquired, from the information centre the site of which is in Lytham Square. Overall I think that the investigation went according to plan but I feel that not all of my results are entirely accurate because some of the people I asked were residents of Lytham and therefore there answers would not be the same as the answers of a tourists so if I was to redo the experiment the first question I would as would be, 'Do you live in Lytham or within 10 miles of the town centre?' Apart from this, I'm happy with my results and the outcome of the investigation is somewhat how I expected it to be before I started. ...read more.

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