Torrential rain over the weekend means the Bourne Festival will make a loss this year – but organisers are determined the event will return in 2017 and beyond.
The festival, on the Wellhead Field, has been a popular fixture on the town’s calendar since first being held in 2002.
Bourne and District Round Table, which organises the event and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, had hoped for a big turnout to raise lots of money for good causes.
But, sadly, torrential downpours on Friday evening – the festival’s opening night – and bad weather throughout the day on Sunday meant visitor numbers were lower than expected.
Round Table member Richard Ludlow, who helps organise the event, said: “We are very grateful to those who braved the weather on Friday and Sunday and who came along to support us.
“Saturday was a much better day, but overall we will make a loss once all of our costs are taken into account.
“The festival is run entirely by volunteers who give their time for free but there are costs we cannot avoid – such as staging and lighting.
“Despite the loss, we are absolutely determined the festival will return because people want it to.
“Over the years, the festival has raised in excess of £200,000 for good causes and we want that to continue in the future.”
Richard said Round Table members hope that local companies may consider sponsoring the event to ensure it can thrive for years to come.
He added: “The festival is extremely weather-dependent and sponsorship would help make it easier to make a profit even when rain leads to a dip in visitor numbers.”
For more information about sponsorship opportunities, email info@bourne festival.com or call 07793 436016.