It has just been announced there will be no Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre this year. The much-loved annual event which usually coincides with the city’s Lord Mayor Celebration, regularity attracts crowds of 15,000 or more. Last year however visitor numbers exceeded all expectations which raised concerns over public health and safety. The organisers are hoping that the event returns to the streets, alleyways and open spaces of the Lanes in 2019, following consultation and the engagement of a experienced street festival producer.
The Lanes Fayre, which has been running for over 10 years started off much like a village fete but has grown into one of the major attractions in the city’s event calendar. The increase in footfall however has come at a price, with hugely inflated insurance fees and limited funding adding financial pressure to the fayre’s coffers.
It’s not all bad news however. There will still be live music on St Gregory’s Green over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of July with a whole host of bands and performers taking part. The green will also be licensed so you’ll be able to bring your beers, wine and cocktails from the Birdcage too.
In the meantime the Norwich Lanes Committee would like to hear from any potential sponsors and volunteers to ensure that the fayre goes ahead in 2019. Interested parties are asked to make contact by email at [email protected]