64% of visitors plan to return to the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre this year, questionnaires reveal

Thousands flocked to the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre last year.

Thousands flocked to the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre last year. - Credit: Gregg Brown

A major Christmas event, which last year brought more than 120,000 people to Bury St Edmunds, has been rated highly by visitors.

Sharon Fairweather, organiser of the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre, said according to feedback 64% said they planned to return this winter.

Miss Fairweather said the information was collected from 396 people who filled in questionnaires about last year’s event.

Visitors said the best things about the fair were the food stalls (53%), craft market (51%) and friendly atmosphere (52%), while 38% said they liked it all.

For 25% of respondents there were too many people, but Miss Fairweather said there had been no problems with crowd issues in the Abbeygate Street area.

She said for 44% of people it was their first time at the event which was “quite a high percentage” bearing in mind the event is now in its 12th year.

Planning for this year’s fair, from November 26 to 29, is in its early stages, and Miss Fairweather said there would be a review for 2016.