Roaring success: Bournemouth Wheels Festival to return next year after "record-breaking" weekend

Roaring success: Bournemouth Wheels Festival to return next year after "record-breaking" weekend

Roaring success: Bournemouth Wheels Festival to return next year after "record-breaking" weekend

Roaring success: Bournemouth Wheels Festival to return next year after "record-breaking" weekend

Roaring success: Bournemouth Wheels Festival to return next year after "record-breaking" weekend

Roaring success: Bournemouth Wheels Festival to return next year after "record-breaking" weekend

Roaring success: Bournemouth Wheels Festival to return next year after "record-breaking" weekend

Roaring success: Bournemouth Wheels Festival to return next year after "record-breaking" weekend

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BOURNEMOUTH’S inaugural Wheels Festival has been such a resounding success that it will return again next year, organisers have confirmed.

More than half a million people attended the bank holiday occasion, spending around £9million in the town centre.

And those behind the event hope it will go on to emulate the ever-popular Air Festival, which takes place each August and last year drew record-breaking crowds.

See all our pictures, video and coverage at bournemouthecho.co.uk/wheels

Bournemouth Borough Council leader John Beesley confirmed to the Daily Echo this morning that plans were already in place for next year.

The event will take place on May 23-25, 2015.

“It has gone amazingly well,” he said.

“2015 will be our second Wheels Festival.”

The councillor said the weekend’s festivities had acted as a “rehearsal” ahead of next year, adding: “We know now that we have got it right.”

Director of tourism Mark Smith echoed Cllr Beesley’s comments, and said the resort should be known worldwide as “dynamic and happening”.

“People talk positively about Bournemouth because we do events like this really, really well,” he said.

“The weekend is going brilliantly and we are incredibly pleased and proud of this festival.”

He said “record-breaking” numbers of people had visited across the bank holiday break.

“For this weekend, it’s an astonishing number of people,” he added.

Portfolio holder for tourism, leisure and culture, Lawrence Williams, admitted to both “expectation and trepidation” ahead of the event, but praised the weekend as “absolutely brilliant”.

“I did enjoy watching the monster trucks,” he said.

“This is a season-opening event.

We have got the Wheels Festival to start the summer, and then the Air Festival in August, followed by the arts festival in the autumn.”

But it wasn’t just council officials praising the event, with traders also confirming a huge boost in their profits.

Chairman of the Bournemouth Accommodation and Hotel Association (BAHA), Paul Clarke, said: “It has been a massive success, another new experience for the town.

“People have been overwhelmed by the event and there have been very few, if any hotel rooms left.”

He added: “It’s something else Bournemouth has to offer and it has been brilliant.”

Mandy Payne, who chairs the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said even newer businesses have been given a boost.

“A new hotel has just opened in Southbourne, and they’ve been fully booked because of this weekend,” she said.

“It’s been really great for business, which is fantastic. I think Bournemouth is becoming known for putting on big festivals with a capital F, and people want to come and see what’s going on.”

Hotel Miramar director David Bailey said rooms have been completely booked on each day of the event.

“It has been a very busy weekend,” he said.

“We’ve been full on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and I think we only have a few empty rooms tonight.”

 

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6:40pm Mon 26 May 14

Suzysew says...

Bournemouth wheels festival was fabulous , well done bournemouth council. My 2and a half year old grandson thoroughly enjoyed himself especially the F1 cars. I am proud to be part of a town that puts on stunning events like this for free
Bournemouth wheels festival was fabulous , well done bournemouth council. My 2and a half year old grandson thoroughly enjoyed himself especially the F1 cars. I am proud to be part of a town that puts on stunning events like this for free Suzysew
  • Score: 17

7:09pm Mon 26 May 14

AnastasiaB says...

Was there ever any doubt. How do they know 9 million has been brought in and to whom. So now both bank holiday weekends are to be avoided in Bournemouth.
Was there ever any doubt. How do they know 9 million has been brought in and to whom. So now both bank holiday weekends are to be avoided in Bournemouth. AnastasiaB
  • Score: -16

7:20pm Mon 26 May 14

Talkingheadera says...

I have to agree it was very good.
But I don't understand why when a bank holiday weekend is always very busy they don't put it on a quieter weekend.
If the hotels can't be at maximum or near maximum capacity on a bank holiday weekend I'd say they are doing something wrong.
I have to agree it was very good. But I don't understand why when a bank holiday weekend is always very busy they don't put it on a quieter weekend. If the hotels can't be at maximum or near maximum capacity on a bank holiday weekend I'd say they are doing something wrong. Talkingheadera
  • Score: 19

7:30pm Mon 26 May 14

Glashen says...

Talkingheadera wrote:
I have to agree it was very good.
But I don't understand why when a bank holiday weekend is always very busy they don't put it on a quieter weekend.
If the hotels can't be at maximum or near maximum capacity on a bank holiday weekend I'd say they are doing something wrong.
In the past, where a lot of contributors clearly wish they lived the bank holiday would have been full without anything extra needed, today people demand more, well done to everyone involved.
[quote][p][bold]Talkingheadera[/bold] wrote: I have to agree it was very good. But I don't understand why when a bank holiday weekend is always very busy they don't put it on a quieter weekend. If the hotels can't be at maximum or near maximum capacity on a bank holiday weekend I'd say they are doing something wrong.[/p][/quote]In the past, where a lot of contributors clearly wish they lived the bank holiday would have been full without anything extra needed, today people demand more, well done to everyone involved. Glashen
  • Score: 7

7:34pm Mon 26 May 14

Minty Fresh says...

Such a shame the weather was rubbish for two of the three days. Let's hope for better weather in August for the air festival.
Such a shame the weather was rubbish for two of the three days. Let's hope for better weather in August for the air festival. Minty Fresh
  • Score: 3

7:35pm Mon 26 May 14

MrPitiful says...

Talkingheadera wrote:
I have to agree it was very good.
But I don't understand why when a bank holiday weekend is always very busy they don't put it on a quieter weekend.
If the hotels can't be at maximum or near maximum capacity on a bank holiday weekend I'd say they are doing something wrong.
Fully agree.

Plus, the extra people who come to thses festivals spend very little in local businesses in comparison to a regular weekender/holidaymak
er.

At least it's a chance for the local hob-knobs to pat themselves on their backs.
[quote][p][bold]Talkingheadera[/bold] wrote: I have to agree it was very good. But I don't understand why when a bank holiday weekend is always very busy they don't put it on a quieter weekend. If the hotels can't be at maximum or near maximum capacity on a bank holiday weekend I'd say they are doing something wrong.[/p][/quote]Fully agree. Plus, the extra people who come to thses festivals spend very little in local businesses in comparison to a regular weekender/holidaymak er. At least it's a chance for the local hob-knobs to pat themselves on their backs. MrPitiful
  • Score: 6

7:44pm Mon 26 May 14

alasdair1967 says...

Well done to the organising committee ,yet another success for the town ,must admit one exhibit was clearly not popular amongst the petrol heads ! And the exhibitor was nowhere near his vehicle Three guesses !!!
Well done to the organising committee ,yet another success for the town ,must admit one exhibit was clearly not popular amongst the petrol heads ! And the exhibitor was nowhere near his vehicle Three guesses !!! alasdair1967
  • Score: 0

8:07pm Mon 26 May 14

Hessenford says...

AnastasiaB wrote:
Was there ever any doubt. How do they know 9 million has been brought in and to whom. So now both bank holiday weekends are to be avoided in Bournemouth.
Well said, I to would like to know how they arrive at £9 million so quickly, just what has been purchased for that amount, I think this is a number plucked out of thin air to justify putting this so called big event on in the first place.
[quote][p][bold]AnastasiaB[/bold] wrote: Was there ever any doubt. How do they know 9 million has been brought in and to whom. So now both bank holiday weekends are to be avoided in Bournemouth.[/p][/quote]Well said, I to would like to know how they arrive at £9 million so quickly, just what has been purchased for that amount, I think this is a number plucked out of thin air to justify putting this so called big event on in the first place. Hessenford
  • Score: 8

8:11pm Mon 26 May 14

Alumchiner says...

£9million in parking fines - anyone else notice how many extra wardens were out there in quiet residential areas whilst avoiding the town centre ?
To me the Wheels fest was more monster trucks and guys on motorbikes that anything else. I agree with the other posts to do it on another weekend and not one of the bank holidays as we would have been busy here anyway.
£9million in parking fines - anyone else notice how many extra wardens were out there in quiet residential areas whilst avoiding the town centre ? To me the Wheels fest was more monster trucks and guys on motorbikes that anything else. I agree with the other posts to do it on another weekend and not one of the bank holidays as we would have been busy here anyway. Alumchiner
  • Score: 2

8:17am Tue 27 May 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

How is this record breaking when this is the first event?
How is this record breaking when this is the first event? Chris@Bmouth
  • Score: 17

8:32am Tue 27 May 14

ebagum says...

Great show, especially as it was the first attempt. Maybe next year we could see better availability of programmes and at a reasonable price. £7 is excessive, I only noticed around 6 people with them during my visit lasting two hours on Saturday afternoon.
Great show, especially as it was the first attempt. Maybe next year we could see better availability of programmes and at a reasonable price. £7 is excessive, I only noticed around 6 people with them during my visit lasting two hours on Saturday afternoon. ebagum
  • Score: 4

8:37am Tue 27 May 14

4eRedArrowsFan says...

Poor signage. I had problems finding some of the event sections
Poor signage. I had problems finding some of the event sections 4eRedArrowsFan
  • Score: 3

8:52am Tue 27 May 14

Dave2207 says...

A good show - but:
(1) The loudspeakers in the Lower Gardens, where nobody could even see any of the events, were completely un-necessary and very intrusive to those who just wanted a quite place to rest or to picnic. The commentary was mostly irrelevant to picnickers and the so-called 'music' that was played in between was very irritating.
(2) The promenade was very congested where seating stands and some of the exhibitors/vendors areas had been placed that caused bottlenecks through which pedestrians (and the land-train) were hardly able to pass. More use should have been made of the beach, for these stands/displays/vend
ors so that the promenade was left clear.
A good show - but: (1) The loudspeakers in the Lower Gardens, where nobody could even see any of the events, were completely un-necessary and very intrusive to those who just wanted a quite place to rest or to picnic. The commentary was mostly irrelevant to picnickers and the so-called 'music' that was played in between was very irritating. (2) The promenade was very congested where seating stands and some of the exhibitors/vendors areas had been placed that caused bottlenecks through which pedestrians (and the land-train) were hardly able to pass. More use should have been made of the beach, for these stands/displays/vend ors so that the promenade was left clear. Dave2207
  • Score: 9

8:54am Tue 27 May 14

UbelievableJeff says...

Had a fantastic time at Wheels this weekend, thanks to all involved for putting on a fabulous free event over the bank holiday.
Had a fantastic time at Wheels this weekend, thanks to all involved for putting on a fabulous free event over the bank holiday. UbelievableJeff
  • Score: 15

9:15am Tue 27 May 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

Dave2207 wrote:
A good show - but: (1) The loudspeakers in the Lower Gardens, where nobody could even see any of the events, were completely un-necessary and very intrusive to those who just wanted a quite place to rest or to picnic. The commentary was mostly irrelevant to picnickers and the so-called 'music' that was played in between was very irritating. (2) The promenade was very congested where seating stands and some of the exhibitors/vendors areas had been placed that caused bottlenecks through which pedestrians (and the land-train) were hardly able to pass. More use should have been made of the beach, for these stands/displays/vend ors so that the promenade was left clear.
Then go somewhere else. It's not like you dont have the whole country to go and 'picnic' in.
[quote][p][bold]Dave2207[/bold] wrote: A good show - but: (1) The loudspeakers in the Lower Gardens, where nobody could even see any of the events, were completely un-necessary and very intrusive to those who just wanted a quite place to rest or to picnic. The commentary was mostly irrelevant to picnickers and the so-called 'music' that was played in between was very irritating. (2) The promenade was very congested where seating stands and some of the exhibitors/vendors areas had been placed that caused bottlenecks through which pedestrians (and the land-train) were hardly able to pass. More use should have been made of the beach, for these stands/displays/vend ors so that the promenade was left clear.[/p][/quote]Then go somewhere else. It's not like you dont have the whole country to go and 'picnic' in. Chris@Bmouth
  • Score: -4

10:09am Tue 27 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

I didn't see a single second of it and am very pleased. Mind you, the coverage in the echo was so excellent just by reading it and making 'vroom' 'vroom' noises whilst doing so made me feel like I was actually there.
I didn't see a single second of it and am very pleased. Mind you, the coverage in the echo was so excellent just by reading it and making 'vroom' 'vroom' noises whilst doing so made me feel like I was actually there. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -4

10:10am Tue 27 May 14

QUEENBODACIA says...

ATT;Lawrence Williams,
Well done Bournemouth Tourism
Please note;
Please can we have FLOWERS in the boscombe pier vacinity as at the moment it looks like a concrete grave yard
We have also had complaints about the central seating area near pier the concrete block that hides the under ground SEWAGE PIPES THAT SMELL LIKE BUGGARY!!!!!!!!!!!!I
N THE HEAT?
PLEASE USE SOM OF THE MONEY MADE AT THE WHEELS EVENT TO RECTIFY THESE HORRIBLE PROBLEMS THANK YOU
ATT;Lawrence Williams, Well done Bournemouth Tourism Please note; Please can we have FLOWERS in the boscombe pier vacinity as at the moment it looks like a concrete grave yard We have also had complaints about the central seating area near pier the concrete block that hides the under ground SEWAGE PIPES THAT SMELL LIKE BUGGARY!!!!!!!!!!!!I N THE HEAT? PLEASE USE SOM OF THE MONEY MADE AT THE WHEELS EVENT TO RECTIFY THESE HORRIBLE PROBLEMS THANK YOU QUEENBODACIA
  • Score: 2

10:14am Tue 27 May 14

QUEENBODACIA says...

Boscombe pier area needs a lift from clifftop to beach for invalids ASAP
also needs more restaurants and businesses cafes ect should be allowed to open asap
the only choice there is a cheap harvester pub and an over priced yuppie restaurant urban reef??
more competition is seriously needed in this area
Boscombe pier area needs a lift from clifftop to beach for invalids ASAP also needs more restaurants and businesses cafes ect should be allowed to open asap the only choice there is a cheap harvester pub and an over priced yuppie restaurant urban reef?? more competition is seriously needed in this area QUEENBODACIA
  • Score: 8

10:52am Tue 27 May 14

BmthNewshound says...

Pleased it was a success but once again the numbers Bournemouth Council are claiming attending the event and amounts spent are dubious to the the least. These numbers were first reported in the Echo on Sunday with one day of the festival still to go and far too early for any accurate numbers to have been compiled.
.
If local taxpayers are to continue subsidising these festivals perhaps it would be better if Wheels and the Air Festival were held in alternate years. Alternatively increase commercial sponsorship - perhaps those who benefit financially ( S&D Lesiure, Urban Reef, and the other restaurants and hotels) should contribute more towards the cost of staging these events.
Pleased it was a success but once again the numbers Bournemouth Council are claiming attending the event and amounts spent are dubious to the the least. These numbers were first reported in the Echo on Sunday with one day of the festival still to go and far too early for any accurate numbers to have been compiled. . If local taxpayers are to continue subsidising these festivals perhaps it would be better if Wheels and the Air Festival were held in alternate years. Alternatively increase commercial sponsorship - perhaps those who benefit financially ( S&D Lesiure, Urban Reef, and the other restaurants and hotels) should contribute more towards the cost of staging these events. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 7

3:00pm Tue 27 May 14

suzukiraider says...

Bit of a letdown.
Well there was lots of empty spaces on the prom with a distinct lack of static exhibits on the Monday. Everything was to far spread out and unless you paid £7 for a program you had no idea what was where.
Food was overpriced with burgers up to £5 and Coffee at £2.50.
Best bit was the Park at Ride at £10 per group. So my father-in-law and I cost £5 each when the group behind up of 10 people paid £1 each. Made especially painful when you go part the Cotlands Road car park on the bus and its virtually empty and would only cost £4 for the entire day and was only 3 minute walk from the bus drop off area.

Nice try but loads of room for improvement.
Bit of a letdown. Well there was lots of empty spaces on the prom with a distinct lack of static exhibits on the Monday. Everything was to far spread out and unless you paid £7 for a program you had no idea what was where. Food was overpriced with burgers up to £5 and Coffee at £2.50. Best bit was the Park at Ride at £10 per group. So my father-in-law and I cost £5 each when the group behind up of 10 people paid £1 each. Made especially painful when you go part the Cotlands Road car park on the bus and its virtually empty and would only cost £4 for the entire day and was only 3 minute walk from the bus drop off area. Nice try but loads of room for improvement. suzukiraider
  • Score: 5

4:16pm Tue 27 May 14

High Treason says...

Yes a good event but I never believe the hype put out about £9 million to the town. No doubt next year they will add "International" to the title to add more spin. I just wish they would say it as it is and stop the constant lies.
Yes a good event but I never believe the hype put out about £9 million to the town. No doubt next year they will add "International" to the title to add more spin. I just wish they would say it as it is and stop the constant lies. High Treason
  • Score: 4

4:21pm Tue 27 May 14

Suzysew says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
I didn't see a single second of it and am very pleased. Mind you, the coverage in the echo was so excellent just by reading it and making 'vroom' 'vroom' noises whilst doing so made me feel like I was actually there.
Then you missed a good event
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: I didn't see a single second of it and am very pleased. Mind you, the coverage in the echo was so excellent just by reading it and making 'vroom' 'vroom' noises whilst doing so made me feel like I was actually there.[/p][/quote]Then you missed a good event Suzysew
  • Score: 0

5:02pm Tue 27 May 14

High Treason says...

QUEENBODACIA wrote:
ATT;Lawrence Williams,
Well done Bournemouth Tourism
Please note;
Please can we have FLOWERS in the boscombe pier vacinity as at the moment it looks like a concrete grave yard
We have also had complaints about the central seating area near pier the concrete block that hides the under ground SEWAGE PIPES THAT SMELL LIKE BUGGARY!!!!!!!!!!!!I

N THE HEAT?
PLEASE USE SOM OF THE MONEY MADE AT THE WHEELS EVENT TO RECTIFY THESE HORRIBLE PROBLEMS THANK YOU
SEWAGE PIPES THAT SMELL LIKE BUGGARY.

Oh ar. I be wondering what buggary smells like.
[quote][p][bold]QUEENBODACIA[/bold] wrote: ATT;Lawrence Williams, Well done Bournemouth Tourism Please note; Please can we have FLOWERS in the boscombe pier vacinity as at the moment it looks like a concrete grave yard We have also had complaints about the central seating area near pier the concrete block that hides the under ground SEWAGE PIPES THAT SMELL LIKE BUGGARY!!!!!!!!!!!!I N THE HEAT? PLEASE USE SOM OF THE MONEY MADE AT THE WHEELS EVENT TO RECTIFY THESE HORRIBLE PROBLEMS THANK YOU[/p][/quote]SEWAGE PIPES THAT SMELL LIKE BUGGARY. Oh ar. I be wondering what buggary smells like. High Treason
  • Score: 0

8:12pm Tue 27 May 14

biffa78 says...

High Treason wrote:
QUEENBODACIA wrote:
ATT;Lawrence Williams,
Well done Bournemouth Tourism
Please note;
Please can we have FLOWERS in the boscombe pier vacinity as at the moment it looks like a concrete grave yard
We have also had complaints about the central seating area near pier the concrete block that hides the under ground SEWAGE PIPES THAT SMELL LIKE BUGGARY!!!!!!!!!!!!I


N THE HEAT?
PLEASE USE SOM OF THE MONEY MADE AT THE WHEELS EVENT TO RECTIFY THESE HORRIBLE PROBLEMS THANK YOU
SEWAGE PIPES THAT SMELL LIKE BUGGARY.

Oh ar. I be wondering what buggary smells like.
come on people we all need to vote for dan whitby and the bulldog team for there show on BGT tonite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]QUEENBODACIA[/bold] wrote: ATT;Lawrence Williams, Well done Bournemouth Tourism Please note; Please can we have FLOWERS in the boscombe pier vacinity as at the moment it looks like a concrete grave yard We have also had complaints about the central seating area near pier the concrete block that hides the under ground SEWAGE PIPES THAT SMELL LIKE BUGGARY!!!!!!!!!!!!I N THE HEAT? PLEASE USE SOM OF THE MONEY MADE AT THE WHEELS EVENT TO RECTIFY THESE HORRIBLE PROBLEMS THANK YOU[/p][/quote]SEWAGE PIPES THAT SMELL LIKE BUGGARY. Oh ar. I be wondering what buggary smells like.[/p][/quote]come on people we all need to vote for dan whitby and the bulldog team for there show on BGT tonite!!!!!!!!!!!!!! biffa78
  • Score: -1

8:18pm Tue 27 May 14

steelpaul says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
Pleased it was a success but once again the numbers Bournemouth Council are claiming attending the event and amounts spent are dubious to the the least. These numbers were first reported in the Echo on Sunday with one day of the festival still to go and far too early for any accurate numbers to have been compiled.
.
If local taxpayers are to continue subsidising these festivals perhaps it would be better if Wheels and the Air Festival were held in alternate years. Alternatively increase commercial sponsorship - perhaps those who benefit financially ( S&D Lesiure, Urban Reef, and the other restaurants and hotels) should contribute more towards the cost of staging these events.
Hotels and other local businesses have contributed heavily towards the wheels festival and other upcoming events. On top of the annual business rates, the hotel I work in had to contribute £22k towards the Bournemouth bid and then they hold it on a weekend that is full each year anyway, if it was my business, I wouldn't be very grateful to the council
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: Pleased it was a success but once again the numbers Bournemouth Council are claiming attending the event and amounts spent are dubious to the the least. These numbers were first reported in the Echo on Sunday with one day of the festival still to go and far too early for any accurate numbers to have been compiled. . If local taxpayers are to continue subsidising these festivals perhaps it would be better if Wheels and the Air Festival were held in alternate years. Alternatively increase commercial sponsorship - perhaps those who benefit financially ( S&D Lesiure, Urban Reef, and the other restaurants and hotels) should contribute more towards the cost of staging these events.[/p][/quote]Hotels and other local businesses have contributed heavily towards the wheels festival and other upcoming events. On top of the annual business rates, the hotel I work in had to contribute £22k towards the Bournemouth bid and then they hold it on a weekend that is full each year anyway, if it was my business, I wouldn't be very grateful to the council steelpaul
  • Score: 1

12:03am Wed 28 May 14

forest-dweller says...

Suzysew wrote:
Bournemouth wheels festival was fabulous , well done bournemouth council. My 2and a half year old grandson thoroughly enjoyed himself especially the F1 cars. I am proud to be part of a town that puts on stunning events like this for free
Have to agree that the council has done another great job. This and the Air Festival - what's next? Good to see a council being so proactive.
[quote][p][bold]Suzysew[/bold] wrote: Bournemouth wheels festival was fabulous , well done bournemouth council. My 2and a half year old grandson thoroughly enjoyed himself especially the F1 cars. I am proud to be part of a town that puts on stunning events like this for free[/p][/quote]Have to agree that the council has done another great job. This and the Air Festival - what's next? Good to see a council being so proactive. forest-dweller
  • Score: 2

8:53am Wed 28 May 14

Pookeyster says...

I own a hotel and of course we were full. We were full because it was a bank holiday!! We were doubly full because of the rugby festival !!!! This is normally the busiest weekend of the season. DO NOT PUT THE WHEELS FESTIVAL ON NEXT YEAR ON THIS BANK HOLIDAY.. how about May Day?? That would please everybody because there is nothing really happening over that bank holiday... So no pat on the back for the organisers on this years event I am afraid...
I own a hotel and of course we were full. We were full because it was a bank holiday!! We were doubly full because of the rugby festival !!!! This is normally the busiest weekend of the season. DO NOT PUT THE WHEELS FESTIVAL ON NEXT YEAR ON THIS BANK HOLIDAY.. how about May Day?? That would please everybody because there is nothing really happening over that bank holiday... So no pat on the back for the organisers on this years event I am afraid... Pookeyster
  • Score: 4

10:31am Wed 28 May 14

JemBmth says...

Getting fed up with all the reports about it now.
Getting fed up with all the reports about it now. JemBmth
  • Score: 1

11:48am Wed 28 May 14

speedy231278 says...

I expect that £8.9M of that was raked in by the S+D car boot sale in the square. Doubtless their fees are paid out of the Bournemouth BID of whom their owner is seemingly a director. About as little conflict of interest as the the BDC being comprised of Morgan Sindall directors and councillors. This town is being pillaged left, right and centre, for little benefit to the residents or local businesses.
I expect that £8.9M of that was raked in by the S+D car boot sale in the square. Doubtless their fees are paid out of the Bournemouth BID of whom their owner is seemingly a director. About as little conflict of interest as the the BDC being comprised of Morgan Sindall directors and councillors. This town is being pillaged left, right and centre, for little benefit to the residents or local businesses. speedy231278
  • Score: 1

12:53pm Wed 28 May 14

Devonguy02 says...

Suzysew wrote:
Bournemouth wheels festival was fabulous , well done bournemouth council. My 2and a half year old grandson thoroughly enjoyed himself especially the F1 cars. I am proud to be part of a town that puts on stunning events like this for free
I would have loved to come to it, but due however to the awful lane from Honiton to Dorchester (A35) its such a slow and stressful drive I did it on the Mon morning instead, really cant understand why the whole road is, not
a 20th century dual carriageway ???
[quote][p][bold]Suzysew[/bold] wrote: Bournemouth wheels festival was fabulous , well done bournemouth council. My 2and a half year old grandson thoroughly enjoyed himself especially the F1 cars. I am proud to be part of a town that puts on stunning events like this for free[/p][/quote]I would have loved to come to it, but due however to the awful lane from Honiton to Dorchester (A35) its such a slow and stressful drive I did it on the Mon morning instead, really cant understand why the whole road is, not a 20th century dual carriageway ??? Devonguy02
  • Score: 0

1:09pm Wed 28 May 14

KitKatPuss says...

What a absolute load of whiners and whingebags!

Wheels was free to all who wanted to see the cars unless you wanted a seat in the grandstand for the monster trucks and FMX displays which you could stand and watch anyway.

Be thankful that we live in an area where there are events such as this.....hardly any travel involved, FREE, and actually quite good in my opinion.
What a absolute load of whiners and whingebags! Wheels was free to all who wanted to see the cars unless you wanted a seat in the grandstand for the monster trucks and FMX displays which you could stand and watch anyway. Be thankful that we live in an area where there are events such as this.....hardly any travel involved, FREE, and actually quite good in my opinion. KitKatPuss
  • Score: -1

4:00pm Wed 28 May 14

Pookeyster says...

The point is that you cannot claim this festival as a" record breaking £9 mill" success because the majority of that £9 mill is hotel rooms which were full anyway!! If it was march and the same numbers came it would be AMAZING and a real boost to the local economy. This is false accounting, double counting however you look at it. GREAT IDEA.... WRONG WEEKEND... impossible to judge a success or not.
The point is that you cannot claim this festival as a" record breaking £9 mill" success because the majority of that £9 mill is hotel rooms which were full anyway!! If it was march and the same numbers came it would be AMAZING and a real boost to the local economy. This is false accounting, double counting however you look at it. GREAT IDEA.... WRONG WEEKEND... impossible to judge a success or not. Pookeyster
  • Score: 2

6:56pm Wed 28 May 14

Suzysew says...

Devonguy02 wrote:
Suzysew wrote:
Bournemouth wheels festival was fabulous , well done bournemouth council. My 2and a half year old grandson thoroughly enjoyed himself especially the F1 cars. I am proud to be part of a town that puts on stunning events like this for free
I would have loved to come to it, but due however to the awful lane from Honiton to Dorchester (A35) its such a slow and stressful drive I did it on the Mon morning instead, really cant understand why the whole road is, not
a 20th century dual carriageway ???
I have to agree it is a slow drive from there
[quote][p][bold]Devonguy02[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Suzysew[/bold] wrote: Bournemouth wheels festival was fabulous , well done bournemouth council. My 2and a half year old grandson thoroughly enjoyed himself especially the F1 cars. I am proud to be part of a town that puts on stunning events like this for free[/p][/quote]I would have loved to come to it, but due however to the awful lane from Honiton to Dorchester (A35) its such a slow and stressful drive I did it on the Mon morning instead, really cant understand why the whole road is, not a 20th century dual carriageway ???[/p][/quote]I have to agree it is a slow drive from there Suzysew
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