Festival 2018 - Feedback
On behalf of the Committee, I would like to offer my thanks to everybody who was involved in Festival 2018; the local walking groups and other organisations who provided the walk leaders/back markers, our sponsors who helped ensure the financial success of the Festival weekend - and of course the walkers who took part.
By any measure it was our most successful Festival ever:
The Festival was opened by the Chair of Corsham Town Council and the weekend passed without any significant mishaps. For reasons we don’t entirely understand, approx 22% of people who had booked on walks did not turn up – a significantly higher level than for previous Festivals. Financially it did not affect us as the tickets had been paid for, but it was a shame that several sold out walks ended up with unfilled places. On this occasion it can't have been the weather that was to blame - there was wall to wall sunshine for the whole weekend!
- 398 people booked to take part in a total of 27 walks. 83 people attended the Saturday evening Quiz and Buffet at which a raffle raised £228 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
- Sales were brisk with 65% of tickets sold in the first 2 weeks – the first walk sold out in 3 days!
- The distribution of sales was similar to previous years with just over 50% of bookings being made by Corsham residents with another 30% coming from local towns. The Festival continues to be successful in attracting walkers from outside the local area with visitors this year from Coventry, Hampshire, Hereford and London.
- Feedback from the survey was owerwhelmingly positive with 100% of respondents rating the walks and evening event as either Excellent or Very Good.
No major issues were identified via the survey, however as usual a number of more minor suggestions will be taken forward in the planning for Festival 2019.