The new tenants of a town centre landmark are looking to make it a magnet for tourists as well as a leisure hub for local residents.
Phil and Corrin Green are busy fitting out Ashton Pavilion at the heart of St Annes’ Ashton Gardens and hope to re-open it within the next few weeks.
They have already unofficially titled it the ‘People’s Pavilion’ as they look to host a wide variety of events, including art displays, music performances and community groups meetings as well as providing refreshments “from dawn until dusk.”
But the Greens hope the venue, which has been closed since the previous tenants pulled out in September, will also help provide a knock-on effect for St Annes’ shops as they take steps to make it a regular destination for visitors to the town.
“We have been contacting coach companies to tell them about the Pavilion,” Corrin Green told a meeting of St Annes Chamber of Trade.
“There is so much potential to attract visitors from areas within an hour or so’s drive from St Annes and getting people into the town is really important. We hope if we can get them to visit us it will spread into the town centre.”
The Greens are also looking for artists to exhibit their work at the Pavilion and plan to change the works on show every few weeks. The couple can be contacted via their Facebook account facebook.com/ thepavilioncafeashtongardens.
They also have a number of special events in the pipeline and intend to make the building a focal point of the first combined St Annes Music and Arts Festival in July.
“The positive response from the community has been overwhelming and we are very excited to get started,” added Corrin. Chamber of Trade chairman John Moxham said: “It is exciting to hear about the Greens’ plans and we look forward to the re-opening.”