Circuit of the Fens, which attracted 3,000 people to Whittlesey, and Manorfest 2 provide big boost for tourism in Fenland

Circuit of the fens cycle race. Whittlesey. Start line at the Buttercross.Picture: Steve Williams.

Circuit of the fens cycle race. Whittlesey. Start line at the Buttercross.Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

A cycling race has been credited with giving tourism in Fenland a big boost.

Manorfest 2, Whittlesey. Picture: Steve Williams.

Manorfest 2, Whittlesey. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

On July 27, the Circuit of the Fens attracted 3,000 people to Whittlesey and all B&Bs in the area were full for the weekend.

A report, which will go before full council on Thursday, said: “The economic impact of such events is hard to estimate accurately but this proved very positive for the businesses in the town.

“In addition local businesses in the town square had a good day’s trade, with one pub selling out of bottled beer.”

The council is also encouraged by the performance of this year’s Manorfest 2, a day festival at the Manor Centre in Whittlesey, which took place on July 26.


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More than 800 people flocked to the event to enjoy workshops in the skate park, Parkour and BMX demonstrations, children’s activities and live music.

Income exceeded £6,500, with the event making a loss of £500, the report said.

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But it is hoped next year’s event will break the 1,000 visitor mark and make money.

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