The organisers of the 40th Nunney Street Market & Fayre have said that this year’s event attracted a larger crowd than ever before in the event’s history.
Nunney Street Market & Fayre is organised by Jeremy Gaunt for the Nunney Community Association, and promoted by Visit Nunney. This was Jeremy’s fifth and final year as Nunney Fayre secretary.
Money raised from stalls and parking fees covers the costs of hosting the event (insurance, event licences, music, marquees etc) with profits plowed back into the local community to contribute to the new BMX track, pay for the upkeep of the playground and fund other community projects.
Jeremy Gaunt said, “We think this was the best turnout ever – well over 10,000 visitors. We had some rain, one incident with a van ignoring road closures and a few parking problems, but overall I think the event went very well.”
The event was helped by publicity throughout the day on BBC Somerset, who mentioned it in their news bulletins and interviewed Jeremy on the Breakfast Saturday show.
“It will take a while before we have visitor figures from the car parks, but the church, community bar and Nunney Players were all incredibly busy all day,” he added.
Stallholders almost without exception reported record sales, with many reportedly sold out by 3pm.
Food stalls proved very popular, with long queues as ever for the hog roast, beef roast and burger stands.
The narrow streets in the centre of Nunney were packed to capacity by midday. A stall where visitors could handle snakes and other reptiles attracted many visitors.
A total of seven bands played around the fayre and in front of the castle. The George hosted a busy afterparty in its walled garden, with live music and a barbecue.
Many visitors – some from as far away as Essex – took to social media to tell others about their day at Nunney Street Market & Fayre.
The George at Nunney hosted a well-attended afterparty in its walled garden.