Farnborough Frost Fair has been praised as the best event in the town for some time by a borough councillor.

The Farnborough Frost Fair took place on Saturday (November 26), with a big farmers’ style market featuring food from around the world and unique handmade gifts, live music, street performers, appearances by pantomime characters from Aldershot Princes Hall’s Sleeping Beauty and a pop-up skating rink.

The Christmas lights switch-on in Princes Mead also took place.

The town centre will now host a number of events in the build up to Christmas, with storytelling adventures on Saturday December 3, a performance by The Cactus Brass Band on Saturday December 11, and a Christmas Craft Fayre and Christmas carol Big Sing featuring a live local band and choirs on Saturday December 17.

The skating rink will be open in Queensmead while Princes Mead will be hosting a free Santa’s grotto now through to Christmas.

Councillor Ken Muschamp, deputy leader of Rushmoor Borough Council and cabinet member for business, safety and regulation, said: “I made a couple of visits during the day to have a good look around the frost fair and the shops to buy some Christmas presents and spoke to many of the street traders and retailers.

"All were in good mood and loving the activity. There was a lovely atmosphere and it was great to see so much going on in the town centre.

“I was really pleased to see so many people looking around the stalls and bringing their families down to enjoy the fair and listen to the live music and choirs.

"We are awaiting footfall numbers but we know that the number of people in town was a lot higher than the equivalent Saturday last year. This is certainly the best event we have had in the town centre in my time.

“I am grateful to everyone who helped organise the event, our sponsors Barons of Farnborough and Mackenzie Smith, and our partners at Queensmead, Princes Mead and The Meads, and also all the retailers, who I think will have benefited from the extra numbers of people in town.

"The choirs, musicians and dance and theatre groups were brilliant and the feedback we got from them was universally positive. They are very keen for a repeat performance next year.

“The Frost Fair is one of a number of events we have organised with our partners as part of our Countdown to Christmas programme and I would urge everyone to have a look on our website at www.rushmoor.gov.uk/christmas to see what other events we have.”