Dorchester Christmas market cancelled

Dorchester Christmas market cancelled

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 2:18pm 13th September 2019. (Updated at 2:22pm 13th September 2019)

Plans for the three-day event in Borough Gardens have been dropped after failing to win enough support.

The market was going to be put on by the town council, alongside Dorset Food & Drink and Weldmar Hospicecare.

Town clerk Adrian Stuart said:

“After reviewing the likely costs and income from the operation of a Christmas market and lights in the Borough Gardens in December this year, the partners involved in the project have decided not to proceed." 

He added that the decision took account of feedback from potential traders about the logistics of running a three-day event as well as concerns over a lack of interest from sponsors and uncertainty around income from visitors.

It was felt that the surplus generated would not be sufficient for all the effort involved in putting the event on.

Borough Gardens - Carl


Mr Stuart added:

“We’re all obviously very disappointed that we can’t make this project work.  All of the partners have put a lot of work into generating ideas for how we could introduce a new audience to a high quality food, drink, arts and crafts event in the Borough Gardens during the winter, but it would be wrong to go ahead if we don’t have the confidence that we can deliver a market that is attractive to visitors and profitable to both traders and the organisers.”

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter