Crowds flock to York's St Nicholas Fayre

Simon Crawford and Barbara Vincent of York Brewery

Shoppers at the St Nicholas Fayre

The St Nicholas Fayre in Parliament Street, York

First published in News

CROWDS have been flocking to one of York’s biggest festive attractions, the St Nicholas Fayre.

The annual four-day event, which continues until Sunday, features more than 200 stalls, including ones selling gifts and crafts, and local food producers from the deliciouslyorkshire group.

Barbara Vincent, of York Brewery, said the log-style cabins added to the festive atmosphere. “I love doing it; it’s good for the city and great for business. I don’t mind the dressing up too.”

Chris Rymer, an artist from Harrogate, whose stall is in the Guildhall, said such events were important to small business owners and people who would not be able to afford a physical store.

Coun Sonja Crisp, City of York Council’s cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “Most businesses in the city centre are unaffected by the recent flooding, and St Nicholas’ Fayre is going to be bigger and better than ever, so I really hope that the public don’t let the weather put them off enjoying York’s festive offering this winter.”

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8:16am Fri 30 Nov 12

holgatebob says...

Crowds? Seemed very quiet yesterday. Is this the same reporter that covered the fireworks? Hopefully there will be crowds out over the weekend and this will be a success for all concerned.
Crowds? Seemed very quiet yesterday. Is this the same reporter that covered the fireworks? Hopefully there will be crowds out over the weekend and this will be a success for all concerned. holgatebob
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10:25am Fri 30 Nov 12

M.Lucas says...

holgatebob wrote:
Crowds? Seemed very quiet yesterday. Is this the same reporter that covered the fireworks? Hopefully there will be crowds out over the weekend and this will be a success for all concerned.
I thought the area around the stalls & the 'prettier' streets (Stonegate/Low Petergate) were pretty busy.

Coney Street however was quiet. But then it's been going downhill shopping-wise for a while.
[quote][p][bold]holgatebob[/bold] wrote: Crowds? Seemed very quiet yesterday. Is this the same reporter that covered the fireworks? Hopefully there will be crowds out over the weekend and this will be a success for all concerned.[/p][/quote]I thought the area around the stalls & the 'prettier' streets (Stonegate/Low Petergate) were pretty busy. Coney Street however was quiet. But then it's been going downhill shopping-wise for a while. M.Lucas
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1:35pm Fri 30 Nov 12

big boy york says...

went in last night to visit the fair for the first time ever, can honestly say i cant see what all the fuss is about & people come from miles away for about 20/ 30 stalls. town will be a nightmare with st georges closed, coaches will just dump people when they see a space & stuff us that live here & need to get around york
went in last night to visit the fair for the first time ever, can honestly say i cant see what all the fuss is about & people come from miles away for about 20/ 30 stalls. town will be a nightmare with st georges closed, coaches will just dump people when they see a space & stuff us that live here & need to get around york big boy york
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4:52pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Barstool Knowall says...

Despite the hype, the fair is a pretty poor show and is little more than over priced stalls with fairy lights!
Those steps up to the cabins don't look too wheelchair friendly either, and rather close together in places too.
Noticable is that in the press photographs of the four stallholders, all of them look like they have been sucking lemons, Not a smile between them.
Despite the hype, the fair is a pretty poor show and is little more than over priced stalls with fairy lights! Those steps up to the cabins don't look too wheelchair friendly either, and rather close together in places too. Noticable is that in the press photographs of the four stallholders, all of them look like they have been sucking lemons, Not a smile between them. Barstool Knowall
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4:55pm Fri 30 Nov 12

yorkborn66 says...

Same tat on the stalls every year. Same hype, same disappointment.
Same decision not to go .
Same tat on the stalls every year. Same hype, same disappointment. Same decision not to go . yorkborn66
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7:54pm Fri 30 Nov 12

sheps lad says...

yorkborn66 wrote:
Same tat on the stalls every year. Same hype, same disappointment.
Same decision not to go .
If you don't go how do you know it's the same tat?
[quote][p][bold]yorkborn66[/bold] wrote: Same tat on the stalls every year. Same hype, same disappointment. Same decision not to go .[/p][/quote]If you don't go how do you know it's the same tat? sheps lad
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8:47pm Fri 30 Nov 12

yorkborn66 says...

sheps lad wrote:
yorkborn66 wrote:
Same tat on the stalls every year. Same hype, same disappointment.
Same decision not to go .
If you don't go how do you know it's the same tat?
Listen to local people, and sometimes have to walk past it, if that answers your curiosity
[quote][p][bold]sheps lad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yorkborn66[/bold] wrote: Same tat on the stalls every year. Same hype, same disappointment. Same decision not to go .[/p][/quote]If you don't go how do you know it's the same tat?[/p][/quote]Listen to local people, and sometimes have to walk past it, if that answers your curiosity yorkborn66
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3:54am Sat 1 Dec 12

anistasia says...

It's good to see people back in York hope the people who got flooded get something out of of this.it's another tourist set up normal York people would not pay a lot of these prices.it's same as the continental market too expensive and one person got it dead right nit wheelchair friendly.
It's good to see people back in York hope the people who got flooded get something out of of this.it's another tourist set up normal York people would not pay a lot of these prices.it's same as the continental market too expensive and one person got it dead right nit wheelchair friendly. anistasia
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7:01am Sat 1 Dec 12

JB1980 says...

It's a great way for the council to get some money into their bank (by renting where the stalls are)

In my opinion, it all looks the same as last year, it all closes at about 6 so I didn't get much chance after work.

All we need now is some snow to make the perfect setting.
It's a great way for the council to get some money into their bank (by renting where the stalls are) In my opinion, it all looks the same as last year, it all closes at about 6 so I didn't get much chance after work. All we need now is some snow to make the perfect setting. JB1980
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