Artwave is a key cultural event that acts as a gateway for visitors to enjoy the area, to spend and stay. Last year the festival attracted over 42,822 visitors across the 143 venues, with 57% of these visiting from outside of the area.


In 2017, evaluation showed us that Artwave attracted over 60% of visitors to the area because of the unique cultural offer. 50% also visited local restaurants, pubs, shops and hotels. The estimated economic benefit to the area, over three weekends, was £1.3m. 

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