Keeping visitors to Lyme Regis informed
Visitors to Lyme Regis, whether coming for the day or staying for a while in Lyme Regis accommodation, now have an additional way of finding out about what’s happening in and around the town.
This new source of information is the Events Screen in the Jubilee Pavilion of the Marine Parade Shelters. Working from manual updates since the opening of the Shelters last July, this has recently become fully automated.
The screen, visible twenty-four hours a day, takes its information from the Town Council’s tourism website (www.lymeregis.org). On a continuous loop, it shows details for the week ahead with time and place, followed by a listing of the major events for the rest of the year. After midnight it drops off the day just ended and picks up the next ‘seventh day’.
So whether looking for outdoor activities such as fossil walks, or for wet-weather entertainment (yes, even in Lyme Regis, even in summer, that seems to be important this year!) the visitor should be able to find something to suit the occasion.
The idea for such a screen was part of the planning for the restored Shelters at an early stage. Travellers on the continent will be familiar with the large screens in many towns giving information about current activities (as well as date, time and temperature!). Their dominating appearance would not be appropriate for Lyme Regis, which is why the more modest, indoor, Events Screen was envisaged.
Its integration with the events pages of the tourism website marks a big step towards efficiency and effectiveness. And it opens up the possibility of trouble-free extension. With no more than a basic computer, an internet connection and a screen, other locations in the town could eventually display the same information. Readers wishing to test this can visit www.lymeregis.org/event_screen where they will find themselves viewing what a visitor to the Jubilee Pavilion is seeing.
For local organisations and for those arranging community events, this is a fresh form of publicity. All that it takes is to ensure that the relevant request is submitted to the tourism website by emailing. The rest will take care of itself.
Published on 27/06/2012.