max temp: 16°C

min temp: 15°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Colchester: Christmas market shuts down early amid lack of interest

14:09 19 December 2012

Market organiser Don Quinn said Christmas market just didn

Market organiser Don Quinn said Christmas market just didn't get the crowds

A CHRISTMAS market set up on Colchester’s former bus station has closed down after some stall-holders pulled out.


Organiser Don Quinn said contractors who provided around 30 of the 50 stalls packed up their equipment on Sunday saying there was a lack of interest from customers.

The market opened on December 11 and was due to operate every day until December 23. Around 20 local independent traders had also signed up to take part.

Mr Quinn, who also organises the Colchester Food and Drink Festival, said he had been approached by Colchester Borough Council to see if he could use the space off Queen Street for a Christmas event.

He said: “It wasn’t booming but it was surviving and we got everybody ready for next week which I think would have been busier.

“We had a good weekend but then I noticed some of the traders were pulling down their stalls on Sunday.

“Everyone apart from two stall-holders agreed it wasn’t going to work without 30 of the stalls.

“For us this is the only time we’ve done an event that hasn’t worked.

“The borough council wanted to do something dynamic. It was an empty site and they came to us and asked if we can help, so we thought it was worth doing. But it didn’t get the crowds.

“We’ve had a kicking but we’re still here. Nobody is spending money at the moment, everyone is buying online.”

Mr Quinn said he is planning on running more events at the same site in the new year.

“We would like to thank Colchester Borough Council, who had the vision to see that there is great short-term potential to provide some entertainment on this site rather than see it just remain empty,” he added.

“Other more successful events will undoubtedly take place.”



Needham Market train station. All train have been cancelled on the Cambridge to Ipswich line after an incident.

Blocked lines at Needham Market, closed after a body was found on the tracks close to the railway station, have been re-opened.

Julian King and Ian Lea talk about custom bikes at the Copdock Motorcycle Show.

There was something for all motorcycle enthusiasts at Trinity Park over the weekend as a popular event returned for its 24th year.

Bury Magistrates Court.

Only a few days remain for people to object to government proposals to cut the number of magistrates’ courts in Suffolk.

New report on prosperity in seaside towns

New research has highlighted the importance of entrepreneurs in helping to revive seaside towns that have fallen into decline and unlock further potential in those already prospering.

Dr Daniel Poulter MP

Former health minister Dan Poulter had accused the Government of imposing excessive working hours and compromising patient safety with its new junior doctor contracts.

Rachael Watson

A 42-year-old woman who has faced challenges including marriage breakdown, drug addiction and homelessness has transformed her life and could win a national award.

Lord Nelson

You might wonder why the Lord Nelson in Fore Street has a glazed brick elevation to the ground floor when it is clearly a timber framed building of some considerable age, writes John Norman, of the Ipswich Society.

Olly Rofix drove a tractor the length of the country to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust 10 years after he was diagnosed with leukaemia

A Suffolk adventurer has returned from his latest expedition – from Lands End to John O’Groats on the back of a 1952 tractor.

Sam Harvey - the war hero immortalised in our culture

Last week, Mike Peters told the story of Suffolk Victoria Cross winner Sergeant Arthur Saunders.

Roof repairwork is under way at the Guildhall in Bury.

A plea has been made for donations to help transform what is believed to be the oldest complete civic building in England into a heritage centre.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages