Media release - issued 28 Nov 2017

Farnborough Frost Fair draws thousands of shoppers

The Farnborough Frost Fair, organised by Rushmoor Borough Council in partnership with FUSE Projects, once again proved a real winner with the public.

Thousands of extra visitors headed into the town centre on Saturday, 25 November to browse more than 40 stalls along Queensmead packed full of a range of high quality goods, including local fine foods, handmade jewellery and unique decorations. With the Princes Mead Christmas lights switch on too it was a big day for the town with over 20,000 visitors recorded throughout the town centre.

More than 200 performers, including school choirs and dance schools, took to the main stage at the frost fair, singing and dancing to seasonal classics and sprinkling true Christmas spirit over the town centre.

Families enjoyed making cracker decorations in the free children's crafts tent, having a go at circus skills with Juggling Jake, meeting and greeting the Little Dallas Donkeys, trying their chances on the rodeo reindeer and shaking hands with a giant Father Christmas.

Over in Princes Mead, shoppers enjoyed free face painting, balloon modelling, performances from a rock choir, meeting and greeting the cast of Princes Hall's pantomime Aladdin and a visit from the man himself  - Father Christmas!

Councillor Ken Muschamp, Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet member for Business, Safety and Regulation, said: "We were delighted to support the frost fair again this year and it is rapidly becoming the highlight of the Christmas season in Farnborough town centre. The event attracts a huge amount of extra visitors into the town and helps to showcase the growing range of retailers we have here in Farnborough."

Jenny Atherton, from FUSE Projects who managed the event on behalf of Rushmoor Borough Council, said: "'With generous sponsorship from the owners of Queensmead and Charters Citroen in Aldershot, alongside support from Princes Mead and The Meads shopping centres, we were able to increase the amount of fantastic free family entertainment this year. As a result, the second Farnborough Frost Fair filled the streets with festive cheer and brought more visitors into the town centre than ever before."

The frost fair marked the official launch of the town's Countdown to Christmas events programme, which continues next Saturday, 2 December, with a free Magical Elf Trail around the town centre. This is followed by a Christmas Fun Day on 9 December and a Christmas Craft Fayre and traditional brass band performing carols on 16 December.

For more information about all of the events taking place in our two towns please visit the  web pages.

Free festive parking will be available in Rushmoor Borough Council car parks across Aldershot and Farnborough on Sunday 3, 10 and 17 December.  The offer includes The Meads multi-storey car park in Farnborough and The Wellington shopping centre car park in Aldershot, but excludes Union Street West and Union Street East close to Farnborough station, and the former Co-op car park, Aldershot.

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