GALLERY: Ticket prices defended as thousands flock to Danson Park for escape to the country
PUBLISHED: 15:23 03 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:23 03 July 2017
The Danson Park Country Fair was held over the weekend
The organiser of a popular fair has defended its ticket prices as thousands of people enjoyed a taste of the country in Danson Park over the weekend.
Across Saturday and Sunday, the Danson Park Country Fair was filled with visitors, despite ticket prices rising to £7.50 for a single adult at the gate of the Bexleyheath park, £1 more than last year’s entry fee.
Complaints circled on social media on the price hike, but Emma Owen, director of event organisers Oakleigh Fairs said: “Tickets were available for cheaper online, and there were family ticket prices available.
“We charge entry fees for all of our fairs up and down the country, this was actually in our medium price range.
“We’re not the council, we do need to charge people to keep running, but it’s a fair amount for the great range of entertainment we have. It was still a success so I don’t think the price put people off.
“In fact we were delighted with the turnout over the weekend, the sun shone, especially on Sunday, and it was lovely to see so many families out enjoying the traditional country fair.”
The country fair was officially opened to visitors by the mayor of Bexley Peter Reader on Saturday morning.
As crowds flocked in, a range of entertainment including the Savage Bike Skills Display Team, bird of prey displays and petting pens were all on offer, as well as stalls set up by local businesses.
Stalls offered food and drink as well as arts and craft gifts to shoppers.
Dancers from the Sapphire Dance Academy, based within the town, also performed to onlookers, who were given a taste of the country with displays showing off rural skills including blacksmithing.
Miniature steam engines and a medieval battle reenactment from the Company of 1415 also provided entertainment for visitors to the fair.
Ms Owen added she was looking forward to running the event again next year, following on from the weekend’s success and last year’s, having taken a break from booking events at the park since 2010.