Only six per cent of visitors to the 2014 Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre said they would stay away in 2015.
Of 396 visitors who responded to a poll at exit points, 64 per cent will be back in 2015, fayre organiser Sharon Fairweather told St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Bury Area Working Party last night.
She said there were more than 120,000 visitors.
The survey will help in planning the 2015 event and there will be a complete review of the fayre for 2016.
The survey showed 44 per cent were on their first fayre visit. Ms Fairweather said: “People are still hearing about the fayre from further afield. A lot of the stallholders do a lot of other events around the country and a lot of publicity comes from them.”
What was liked best? 53 per cent said food stalls, 52 per cent the friendly atmosphere and 51 per cent the craft market while 38 per cent liked everything. Asked what they did not enjoy, 45 per cent said there was nothing but 25 per cent said ‘too many people’.
Ms Fairweather said 56 per cent spending nothing in the provisions market was affected by it not being held on the Thursday ‘residents’ night’, but 41 per cent spent up to £50.
As 46 per cent came by car, the organisers want to encourage Bury residents to use buses. Ms Fairweather said they had ‘many comments’ about trains because while Greater Anglia promoted the fayre, it had not added extra carriages, which they will be discussing with the rail operator for 2015.