The NUMBER ONE events listing website for Cornwall!
Creative Kernow owns and runs the Krowji hub in Redruth which is now the largest cluster of creative businesses in Cornwall (and this is where What’s on Cornwall is now based). Perhaps most importantly for What’s on Cornwall and its future, they are also delivering the new Cornwall 365 cultural tourism programme – of which more below.
The story so far
I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved in such a short time. The website is still less than two years old and already it has established itself as the 'go to' website for event information in Cornwall; in 2015 we expect to exceed half a million visits and list over 5,000 events.
Creating the printed guide has been a really steep learning curve indeed for Rachel and me, but all the hard work was certainly worth it; the eight issues we have now printed have been extremely popular and event organisers report that their adverts and listings work really well at promoting events and selling tickets.
Why the change?
I started What's on Cornwall as a hobby in my spare room, to promote all the great events that take place in Cornwall. I never imagined it would grow so quickly and my feet have hardly touched the ground since. I got this email yesterday from a barber in Newquay:
'I couldn’t believe that so much was going on in Cornwall, I’m now travelling all over the county to see events, I can’t wait for my next copy of What's On to be delivered.'
And I hear that ALL the time.
With a baby due this spring I decided that it was time to take a step back. My aim for What's on Cornwall has always been to bring events and event goers together and we have proven this is possible. However, the journey has only just begun.
Ross Williams and his team at Creative Kernow have a proven track record in delivering and running sustainable projects like What's on Cornwall and so they were a logical organisation with which to partner. They are also a not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity, which gives us a better long-term model for the project; it also opens the door to funding opportunities in the future.
This is nothing but good news as far as I am concerned, I feel in my heart this is the right thing to do for the project and its partners. With this new model and structure I feel What's on Cornwall is more likely to grow and achieve its strategic objectives.
Locals and Visitors
Events are also incredibly important to the tourist industry in our county. Did you know that over half of the people that visit Cornwall plan their visit around some kind of event or festival?
Of course we have loads of local folk using our website, but over half our users are planning a visit to Cornwall from outside the county.
If I had to give event organisers one piece of advice, it would be PROMOTE EARLY. The sooner you get your event listed, the more traffic it's going to get. Simple.
And the best part is it's FREE. It doesn't cost a penny to list an event on our website, just a little bit of organisation and planning.
Here are a few headline numbers:
- the What's on Cornwall website is used by 1000s of people every day;
- our twice-weekly newsletter goes out to over 1000 subscribers;
- the site is now top in Google search;
- we have listed over 10,000 events to date.
Get your events listed now, or contact us for further information.