NEW AUTOMATED visitor counters have revealed more than 25,500 people made their way through FarGo Village during the first two weeks of operation.
The figures come after the city’s ‘Camden Market’ has fully taken off and is spreading to a much wider market following this summer’s concentration on food and lifestyle events which have brought record numbers to the streets of the popular venue.
Events in the last fortnight have included a prosecco and chocolate festival and a rum and reggae caribbean themed weekend.
Coventry’s Sky Ride cycle event also passed through the village, attracting many people who previously hadn’t visited the area.
Emma Harrabin, manager of FarGo Village said she was delighted with how much Fargo Village has progressed in the past two years and was pleased to see some new faces enter the area.
She added: “We knew that FarGo was really taking off but had no accurate idea of how many people were coming until we invested in the automated counters.
“The huge number of visitors over this last fortnight is an amazing response from the community, but also shows that word is spreading and we’re drawing form a much wider area.
“Many of the people that I spoke to last weekend had come from outside the city with some international visitors as well – a lot of people were visiting for the first time and said that they would definitely be coming back.”
Incredibly, should the centre maintain this level of visitors for the next 12 months, FarGo Village would become one of the top 50 tourist attractions in the UK.
David Welsh, local ward councillor, said: “The Council has always supported FarGo as a great idea to bring life back to this historic street.
“This record breaking number of visitors over ten days shows the real potential for FarGo to become a major part of the city’s visitor economy in the lead up to the City of Culture bid.
“These projects take time to develop and I am sure that FarGo still has the potential to grow.
“Fargo Village is a great example of the Coventry spirit.”
Visit www.fargovillage.co.uk for full details of the area’s events programme.