Latest figures from Buxton Festival Fringe show that even though the event as a whole was slightly smaller than in 2015, it still contributed nearly £400,000 to the local economy and made a bigger splash than ever with high satisfaction ratings and Fringe website hits going through the roof.
With 152 events the Fringe scored highly for satisfaction with 86% of audience goers who responded to the survey scoring the event 4 or 5 out of 5 and 19% choosing to see six or more shows. 20% of respondents were attending the Fringe for the first time, a good sign for the future. The estimated total audience figure, including audiences for free events, was over 16,000.
Comments received were overwhelmingly positive with audience feedback including: “Everything is splendidly organised”; “A great year for the Fringe! Such talent on display, the Fringe Festival really brings the town alive…”.
Fringe chair Keith Savage summed up: “The Buxton Fringe 2016 seemed like the most enjoyable of events, but when you are caught up in the middle of something it is possible to misread the mood. So it is really important that hundreds of people from all over the country have taken the time and trouble to tell us how good their Fringe experience was. We look forward to welcoming even more people to our beautiful town next July.”
Next year’s Fringe dates have been set as July 5 to 23 2017.