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'Sunday Fundays' planned to boost visitor numbers 

 

'Sunday Fundays' to attract visitors to Bury St Edmunds town centre are being introduced over the summer months. 

 

The idea for regular events on Sundays was coined by business, town and market leaders who worked together on the new programme. 

 

The collaboration between business improvement district (BID) organisation Our Bury St Edmunds, West Suffolk Council and Bury Town Council means events will be held on the last Sunday of the month until September, in addition to exisiting farmers' markets held in The Traverse every second Sunday of the month. 

 

Mark Cordell, chief executive of Our Bury St Edmunds, said: "We're conscious that although footfall in the first quarter is better than last year, it is not as good as it was a couple of years ago. We want as many people to visit the town as possible.

 

"We think our best chance of getting more people to visit the town is on a Sunday. So now, from May through to September, there will be always something going on in he town of the second and last Sundays of the month." 

 

The events start ar the end of this month, such as the BID-organised Whitsun Fayre on May 26th and 27th, featuring the urban beach, plant and flower stalls, mini farm, crafts and more, followed by mini markets on June 30th and July 28th organised by West Suffolk Council's markets team. 

 

In August, Our Bury St Edmunds will stage its annual food and drink festival over the bank holiday weekend, while at the end of September Bury Town Council is hosting Bury Goes Biking for the second year. 

 

For the first quarter of this year, footfall in the town centre was four per cent up on the same period in 2018.

 

"This is a good start, but we are not here saying we have cracked it. We are not complacent and that is why we have launched this partnership approach to help attract visitors," added Mark. 

 

The mini markets and a Friday Night Food Festival from 12-9pm on July 19- also organised by West Suffolk Council's markets team - will be held between Moyse's Hall and the war memorial and on the paved area near Poundland. The remaining town centre car parking and roads will be open as usual during the events.  

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