‘Disappointed’ visitors slam ‘terrible’ campaign fair after event returns under new name
Thousands of people expected a day of fun and games at Weston Park Country Fair the weekend of September 17-18, but many said they were disappointed with what they found.
The popular fair in Weston Park, Weston-under-Lizard, on the Shropshire and Staffordshire border, attracts people keen to take part in a program of countryside activities and entertainment, but this year complaints have poured in from those who had attended on previous occasions.
Formerly known as Midland Game Fair, the event last took place in 2018 but was revived this year in its new guise. Attractions included Falconers, the Knights of Middle England and the Squibb Freestyle Motorcycle Stunt Show.
However, under the official Weston Park Country Fair Facebook post are several comments from disappointed attendees.
Helen Day, a visitor for 24 years, said she would not return: “We were very disappointed, I don’t think we will be back… We did the whole thing in two hours. We spoke to merchants and some members of the public who also said the same thing. It’s not like in the past. Sorry, we definitely won’t be back.
Another visitor, Tom Anderson, said: “I can’t believe how awful it was, it was a fraction of the show it was. Just food stalls and snack wagons. At the less there were still lurchers/terriers, hounds and shooting. So glad I got a free ticket. Still bitter, I traveled three hours to get there but if I had to pay £25 for come in, I would be furious.
Kev Hughes commented on the post: “I wasted 6 hours driving there and back, spending £50 on two tickets. We arrived at 9.30am and left at 11.30am having walked three times. At the appropriate game lounge, you needed 2 days to get around properly Where did the airgun rows and all the optics and shotgun sales go The death of a once great sight I definitely won’t waste my money next year.
Facebook user Tanya Bishop preferred last year’s event: “Disappointing compared to previous years, no row of air guns, only one gun shop. Didn’t notice the fishing, and needed more competitive food prices. Only noticed the contests and dog shows when were about to leave, so check those out before we left, maybe there could have been better signage?
“Having said it was a good few hours, if this was someone’s first visit, they wouldn’t have compared it to previous shows.”
Another user, Jon Rutland, says he regularly supports local events, but there was room for improvement for this one. In a message to organisers, he wrote: “Organisers of the Western Park Country Fair, the best thing you can do is speak to the team who organize the Chatsworth Country Fair and get some advice from them on how to way to improve.
“The biggest mistakes you made this weekend were advertising things that weren’t there and using photos of past events that misled people into thinking it was something. something different from what you actually produced.
“I’ll be back next year as I’ve always tried to support my local shows, but you need to take advice and improve massively from this year’s.”
Facebook user Lindsey Cooper wrote: “We only stayed about three hours if so. Big misses the usual stall holders. No Joules, Barbour and more.”
Others present were unhappy with the price of the tickets, in that they were “too much for what was there”.
A comment on the post, by Timothy Powell, read: “We came on Saturday. Was quite disappointed. Ticket prices were way too high for what was there. Enjoyed our time there -down.”
Facebook user Becky Conlon agreed: “Tickets were very expensive for what was on offer. Don’t think we’ll be back. It was a good few hours though.”
Ciaran Patrick and his dogs were disappointed: “We had a great day and enjoyed the shows in the main arena, but as many people have said it was way too expensive for what it is now. There were less interactive exhibits and less for the real dogs to enjoy Needs to be rearranged slightly so the music stage isn’t placed at the back of the afterlife with food and drink being priced more reasonable, please.
Another visitor, Sophie Strawson, traveled two hours to the fair and was disappointed: “I expected a lot more, a bigger facility, more things to see and do. I traveled two hours on my own and unfortunately left after three hours, having circled the pitch twice.”
Weston Park organizers have been contacted for comment on the comments.
However, last weekend Midland Game Fair spokeswoman Danielle Tumilty said many people remembered the Midland Game Fair, which had become a tradition at Weston Park and the new show had received good comments to stick to past traditions.
She said: “I think the show is sticking to the tradition of the previous one, or it’s the comeback we had on the first day, which was very crowded with good weather and a period of the event. didn’t seem to attract people.
“Ticket sales were also very good for Sunday with plenty of entertainment, competitions and stalls over the two days, whether it was the displays, the chance to see things you wouldn’t normally see if you’re not a regular. Country origin or just a busy day, there’s something for everyone at the fair.”