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Cranborne Chase Woodfair Update
The Cranborne Chase AONB Partnership has agreed that the Cranborne Chase Woodfair will no longer be held in the foreseeable future. It was a difficult decision and has been taken with a heavy heart.
The AONB team has increasing commitments to different projects during 2017 and beyond, not least a recently successful major Landscape Partnership Scheme which will hopefully see a myriad of new projects taking place across the AONB in future years. Alongside that, our Foundations of Archaeology project is growing in popularity with volunteer numbers increasing; the team continues to work on tourism initiatives; the Dark Night Sky bid; a major outdoor arts event 2017; various forthcoming seminars on topics of community interest and our vision of a Countryside Centre for the AONB remains. Weekly commitments to our Partnership, planning and other Local Authority colleagues continue. Team resources available to stage such large events as the Woodfair are unfortunately now stretched very thinly. We will, however, be present at the Chalke Valley History Festival again this year and we would urge you to come and visit us there June 26th-July 2nd.
The Woodfair has been a truly fabulous event since 2007 and we would like to take this opportunity of thanking all the many traders, demonstrators and thousands of visitors who have supported the event over time. Together, you all made the Woodfair the unique event that it was. We also thank both the Rushmore and Breamore Estates who have hosted the Woodfair and Bradsons Event Services who brought their professional skills to bear in the organisation of the Woodfair.
The AONB team is sorry for any disappointment this decision may cause. There are many opportunities for future events to help showcase this stunning AONB and the work that is being undertaken by the AONB Partnership, team and communities of the area. We hope you will be able to come along and enjoy them in the same way that you enjoyed the Woodfair.
Thanking you again for your support,
Director, Cranborne Chase AONB