What is the future for the three big festivals in Canterbury?

Contributed by editor on Feb 21, 2017 - 05:30 PM


Canterbury City Council wants to know what residents and visitors think about the future of three of the district’s biggest events – the Canterbury Food and Drink Festival, the Herne Bay Festival and Whitstable Oyster Festival.

All three festivals have been held for many years, but since 2013, they have been run by external organisations on the council’s behalf. These contracts ended in 2016. Temporary arrangements have been put in place so that some activities can take place this year, to allow the council time to properly plan the festivals’ future from 2018 onwards.

An important part of that process is the views of local people – both those who do and do not attend the events – because the festivals have changed and developed over the years.

Among other things, the council is keen to hear about what people do and do not like about them, any issues they cause, the benefit they bring to the local economy and the contribution they make to life in the district.

Getting the views of residents is the first phase of the consultation process. A range of options for the festivals will be put together and there will then be further consultation later in the spring.

Chairman of the council’s Community Committee, Cllr Neil Baker, said: “Our festivals are attended by tens of thousands of people each year and we are keen to ensure that everyone can enjoy them. They attract lots of visitors, but we know from previous feedback that not all local residents are as enthusiastic.

“This is an opportunity to shape the way we provide them in the future and we're keen to hear as many views as possible.”

A short questionnaire is available on the website. It closes on Friday 3 March.


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