Visitor figures rocket for York's St Nicholas Fayre

York Press: Visitor figures rocket for St Nicholas Fayre Visitor figures rocket for St Nicholas Fayre

THE St Nicholas Fayre boomed in popularity this year and visitor numbers have rocketed by 74 percent, council figures show.

Almost 250,000 people flocked to the fayre over the four days last week, up by 106,000 since 2012.

On Saturday alone, 85,000 people visited the fayre, and some stall holders saw their takings up by as much as a third, City of York Council reported.

Coun Sonja Crisp, cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, has called the figures “extremely impressive”.

She said: “Records began in 2009 when cameras were installed to record footfall. Since then they have indicated that the reputation of the market is going from strength to strength.

“We were also fortunate this year to enjoy perfect weather for Christmas shopping.”

Scores of visitors came on 350 pre-booked coaches and the council estimates that another 150 coaches arrived over the four-day period, she added.

The fayre started in 1992 and has run each December since.

Council leader James Alexander added: “St Nicholas Fayre is a great event not just for traders but also for city centre retailers, restaurants, bars and businesses.

“There are lots of reasons why Christmas shoppers choose York, but these figures prove that St Nicholas Fayre is undoubtedly an important attraction for the city’s economy.”

  • City of York Council has confirmed figures quoted for 2013 and 2012 come from a single camera fixed outside Marks and Spencer on Parliament Street. In previous years two cameras have been used to record footfall at the fayre.

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6:28pm Tue 3 Dec 13

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

York Labour Council numbers have little in the way of credibility.

The numbers suggest that 2012 had only 144,000 which is a fall on 2011 numbers of 241,000. (declared attendance 2011 385,000)

Link:
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2013 = 250,000
2012 = 144,000
2011 = 385,000
2009 = 296,000

Unable to find number for 2012 so calculated from above report, non for 2010.
York Labour Council numbers have little in the way of credibility. The numbers suggest that 2012 had only 144,000 which is a fall on 2011 numbers of 241,000. (declared attendance 2011 385,000) Link: http://www.yorkpress .co.uk/news/9400488. New_fair_opens_as_Yo rk_enjoys_busiest_Ch ristmas_in_years/ 2013 = 250,000 2012 = 144,000 2011 = 385,000 2009 = 296,000 Unable to find number for 2012 so calculated from above report, non for 2010. YOUWILLDOASISAY

8:04am Wed 4 Dec 13

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

The number for 2010 as reported in the press = 327,000 (15% less than 2011).

James Alexander has twittered conflicting numbers to those that have been previously reported in the press (2011). This needs a full explanation, why were the numbers reported in the press almost twice what he is presenting on twitter.

Link: https://twitter.com/
jmalexander1982

Why in 2011 do the numbers go off the scale (John Lewis application Nov 2011).

Is this what is called "creating a feel-good factor, talking York up" regardless of reality and what confidence can there be in the 2013 numbers given the inaccuracy in 2011.

Needs an explanation.
The number for 2010 as reported in the press = 327,000 (15% less than 2011). James Alexander has twittered conflicting numbers to those that have been previously reported in the press (2011). This needs a full explanation, why were the numbers reported in the press almost twice what he is presenting on twitter. Link: https://twitter.com/ jmalexander1982 Why in 2011 do the numbers go off the scale (John Lewis application Nov 2011). Is this what is called "creating a feel-good factor, talking York up" regardless of reality and what confidence can there be in the 2013 numbers given the inaccuracy in 2011. Needs an explanation. YOUWILLDOASISAY

8:51am Wed 4 Dec 13

Oaklands Resident says...

Figures will always be influenced by the weather and the general economic situation.

However the numbers need auditing.

For some years, car and coach parks have been full to capacity on the St Nicholas weekend. There simply isn't room for huge fluctuations in total visitor numbers.

In addition, changes to the layout of the market can be used to "push" visitors into the zone covered by the footfall camera.

One wonders, how many visitors will return in 2014 after they get home and receive a £60 fine from our invisible policemen (ANPR cameras) for beaching the new traffic restrictions?
Figures will always be influenced by the weather and the general economic situation. However the numbers need auditing. For some years, car and coach parks have been full to capacity on the St Nicholas weekend. There simply isn't room for huge fluctuations in total visitor numbers. In addition, changes to the layout of the market can be used to "push" visitors into the zone covered by the footfall camera. One wonders, how many visitors will return in 2014 after they get home and receive a £60 fine from our invisible policemen (ANPR cameras) for beaching the new traffic restrictions? Oaklands Resident

9:31am Wed 4 Dec 13

roskoboskovic says...

people must be easily amused and short of things to do if they ll get a coach to the st nicholas fayre.i got about 10 ft into the row of stalls on sunday and it was chock a block so i got out and went for a pint in the refurbed burns hotel.
people must be easily amused and short of things to do if they ll get a coach to the st nicholas fayre.i got about 10 ft into the row of stalls on sunday and it was chock a block so i got out and went for a pint in the refurbed burns hotel. roskoboskovic

9:40am Wed 4 Dec 13

sheps lad says...

roskoboskovic wrote:
people must be easily amused and short of things to do if they ll get a coach to the st nicholas fayre.i got about 10 ft into the row of stalls on sunday and it was chock a block so i got out and went for a pint in the refurbed burns hotel.
Me too! And very nice it was too!
[quote][p][bold]roskoboskovic[/bold] wrote: people must be easily amused and short of things to do if they ll get a coach to the st nicholas fayre.i got about 10 ft into the row of stalls on sunday and it was chock a block so i got out and went for a pint in the refurbed burns hotel.[/p][/quote]Me too! And very nice it was too! sheps lad

9:48am Wed 4 Dec 13

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Stayed away. Only an idiot would venture to an overcrowded city to see a sale of Christmas Cr@p.
Stayed away. Only an idiot would venture to an overcrowded city to see a sale of Christmas Cr@p. Garrowby Turnoff

11:10am Wed 4 Dec 13

Jonthan says...

If the visitor numbers had fallen, the moaners would say because of the Lendal Bridge restrictions.

Instead of being glad for the City becuse of the employment and income generated by the visitor increase, most of the contributors seem to wish the City economy was doing badly so they could justify their prejudices.
If the visitor numbers had fallen, the moaners would say because of the Lendal Bridge restrictions. Instead of being glad for the City becuse of the employment and income generated by the visitor increase, most of the contributors seem to wish the City economy was doing badly so they could justify their prejudices. Jonthan

1:25pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Mark Brayshaw says...

Oaklands Resident wrote:
Figures will always be influenced by the weather and the general economic situation.

However the numbers need auditing.

For some years, car and coach parks have been full to capacity on the St Nicholas weekend. There simply isn't room for huge fluctuations in total visitor numbers.

In addition, changes to the layout of the market can be used to "push" visitors into the zone covered by the footfall camera.

One wonders, how many visitors will return in 2014 after they get home and receive a £60 fine from our invisible policemen (ANPR cameras) for beaching the new traffic restrictions?
York only has two coach parks in the city centre - St Georges Field and Union Terrace. While it is true that these official coach parks are indeed 'full to capacity' this does not tell the whole story because for several years St Georges Field car park has also been taken over for parking coaches and the racecourse coach park at Bustardthorpe is used too. Bustardthorpe is always far from full, so there is definitely capacity in the system for the fluctuations. Saturday 30th November was the busiest we have ever experienced for coaches.
[quote][p][bold]Oaklands Resident[/bold] wrote: Figures will always be influenced by the weather and the general economic situation. However the numbers need auditing. For some years, car and coach parks have been full to capacity on the St Nicholas weekend. There simply isn't room for huge fluctuations in total visitor numbers. In addition, changes to the layout of the market can be used to "push" visitors into the zone covered by the footfall camera. One wonders, how many visitors will return in 2014 after they get home and receive a £60 fine from our invisible policemen (ANPR cameras) for beaching the new traffic restrictions?[/p][/quote]York only has two coach parks in the city centre - St Georges Field and Union Terrace. While it is true that these official coach parks are indeed 'full to capacity' this does not tell the whole story because for several years St Georges Field car park has also been taken over for parking coaches and the racecourse coach park at Bustardthorpe is used too. Bustardthorpe is always far from full, so there is definitely capacity in the system for the fluctuations. Saturday 30th November was the busiest we have ever experienced for coaches. Mark Brayshaw

4:20pm Wed 4 Dec 13

mersaultdies says...

roskoboskovic wrote:
people must be easily amused and short of things to do if they ll get a coach to the st nicholas fayre.i got about 10 ft into the row of stalls on sunday and it was chock a block so i got out and went for a pint in the refurbed burns hotel.
Surely you mean the Handsome Cab...
[quote][p][bold]roskoboskovic[/bold] wrote: people must be easily amused and short of things to do if they ll get a coach to the st nicholas fayre.i got about 10 ft into the row of stalls on sunday and it was chock a block so i got out and went for a pint in the refurbed burns hotel.[/p][/quote]Surely you mean the Handsome Cab... mersaultdies

4:25pm Wed 4 Dec 13

the andrew says...

mersaultdies wrote:
roskoboskovic wrote:
people must be easily amused and short of things to do if they ll get a coach to the st nicholas fayre.i got about 10 ft into the row of stalls on sunday and it was chock a block so i got out and went for a pint in the refurbed burns hotel.
Surely you mean the Handsome Cab...
facepalm
[quote][p][bold]mersaultdies[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]roskoboskovic[/bold] wrote: people must be easily amused and short of things to do if they ll get a coach to the st nicholas fayre.i got about 10 ft into the row of stalls on sunday and it was chock a block so i got out and went for a pint in the refurbed burns hotel.[/p][/quote]Surely you mean the Handsome Cab...[/p][/quote]facepalm the andrew

4:25pm Wed 4 Dec 13

the andrew says...

mersaultdies wrote:
roskoboskovic wrote:
people must be easily amused and short of things to do if they ll get a coach to the st nicholas fayre.i got about 10 ft into the row of stalls on sunday and it was chock a block so i got out and went for a pint in the refurbed burns hotel.
Surely you mean the Handsome Cab...
facepalm
[quote][p][bold]mersaultdies[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]roskoboskovic[/bold] wrote: people must be easily amused and short of things to do if they ll get a coach to the st nicholas fayre.i got about 10 ft into the row of stalls on sunday and it was chock a block so i got out and went for a pint in the refurbed burns hotel.[/p][/quote]Surely you mean the Handsome Cab...[/p][/quote]facepalm the andrew

4:58pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Alf Garnett says...

Jonthan wrote:
If the visitor numbers had fallen, the moaners would say because of the Lendal Bridge restrictions.

Instead of being glad for the City becuse of the employment and income generated by the visitor increase, most of the contributors seem to wish the City economy was doing badly so they could justify their prejudices.
This is far too positive.
[quote][p][bold]Jonthan[/bold] wrote: If the visitor numbers had fallen, the moaners would say because of the Lendal Bridge restrictions. Instead of being glad for the City becuse of the employment and income generated by the visitor increase, most of the contributors seem to wish the City economy was doing badly so they could justify their prejudices.[/p][/quote]This is far too positive. Alf Garnett

5:13pm Wed 4 Dec 13

yawn.. says...

Alf Garnett wrote:
Jonthan wrote:
If the visitor numbers had fallen, the moaners would say because of the Lendal Bridge restrictions.

Instead of being glad for the City becuse of the employment and income generated by the visitor increase, most of the contributors seem to wish the City economy was doing badly so they could justify their prejudices.
This is far too positive.
lol.. much more of this insubordination and we shall have to have you banned Jonthan. We don't do 'happy' or 'positive' here.!
[quote][p][bold]Alf Garnett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jonthan[/bold] wrote: If the visitor numbers had fallen, the moaners would say because of the Lendal Bridge restrictions. Instead of being glad for the City becuse of the employment and income generated by the visitor increase, most of the contributors seem to wish the City economy was doing badly so they could justify their prejudices.[/p][/quote]This is far too positive.[/p][/quote]lol.. much more of this insubordination and we shall have to have you banned Jonthan. We don't do 'happy' or 'positive' here.! yawn..

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