VISITOR destination managers in and around Keighley explained how the heatwave which dominated the UK for much of this summer has affected their attractions.

Between late May and early August Keighley district experienced only a handful of days of wet weather.

An East Riddlesden Hall spokesman said its staff ensured visitors stayed safe amidst the sunshine.

Commenting at the end of July she said the hall had seen a recent drop in numbers, noting: “Over the last two weeks visitor figures fell by approximately 20 per cent, but we did our best to make sure everyone who visited us was looked after.

“Whether they’ve wanted to borrow an umbrella to keep the sun off, top up their water bottle, apply some more sun screen free of charge or chill in the den area, we’ve made sure that everyone who visited was kept cool and safe from the sun.”

A holiday home business on the outskirts of Keighley also adapted to the weather.

Stuart and Jo Currie, who own Cragg Hill Holiday Lets off Woodhouse Road, breed emus, alpacas, donkeys and goats at their property.

Mr Currie said: “We normally give the animals recycled rain water, but the lack of rain meant more work for us in terms of supplying them with enough water.

“The weather hasn’t really had an effect on our guest bookings, because we’re normally booked up well in advance. For those guests who’ve been staying with us, they couldn’t have asked for better weather.”

Adrian Snaithe, who owns Rosebud Cottage guesthouse in Haworth with his partner Caroline Starkey, said the hot weather meant their business has been quieter.

“People don’t want to walk on the moors when it’s hot,” he said. “They’d rather go to the seaside. The World Cup has also made a big difference, so we’ve been down on bookings compared to how we were last year.

“But we’re still doing alright, and things have picked up in August. We’re now taking bookings for September and October.”

Rebecca Yorke, marketing and communications officer at Haworth’s Bronte Parsonage Museum, said: “It’s hard to tell if the weather this summer has had an effect on numbers of people visiting.

“With us being on the edge of the moors we benefit when it’s sunny, as people can combine a walk in the hills with a visit to the parsonage.

“But on the other hand we also benefit when it’s a bit cold and drizzly, as we’re an indoor attraction.”

* While the weather may have persuaded holidaymakers to opt for Yorkshire “staycations”, an insurance broker said some property owners cashing in on short-term rental markets have inadequate insurance.

The warning was issued by the firm Lycetts. Gerard Salvin, Lycetts’ divisional director for private clients, said: “Our experiences show many holiday let landlords underestimate the risks. They are frequently unaware there may be serious gaps in their cover.

“Standard household policies generally exclude cover for paying guests. The onus is on property owners to ensure they are well protected and their rental is comprehensively insured. Inadequate cover could leave them with hefty bills.”