Festival-goers dodged the showers to enjoy Guildfest

Success for city's first ever Guildfest

Festival-goers dodged the showers to attend Exeter’s first ever Guildfest rooftop market festival.

The free two-day event, which took over the top two floors of the Guildhall Shopping Centre Car Park, saw dozens of local food and drink brands, craft stalls, workshops and family entertainment.

The area, which has amazing far-reaching views across the city to Haldon and beyond, underwent a colourful transformation for the festival.

And although the weather didn’t co-operate, organisers say they were pleased with the event.

Nikki Fairclough, customer experience and marketing manager at Guildhall Shopping and Dining who conceived the idea, said: “Our idea was to re-purpose this space and create something amazing in the city centre. The heavy rain certainly had an impact particularly on the Saturday morning, but lots of people didn’t let it put them off and had a great time.

“We received amazing support for this event, and I’d like to thank everyone for their commitment, from the city council, who were supportive from the moment we took the idea to them, to our brilliant staff at the Guildhall, who worked hard all weekend, and always with a smile. We’re already planning what we can do next – so watch this space.”

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