Camberley has once again retained its position as one of the area’s leading destinations for Christmas shopping, eating out and leisure over the festive period, with fabulous events and free parking initiatives just some of the many reasons why shoppers are choosing to visit the town.
This ongoing popularity has led to a marked increase in both visitors and car park usage compared to the same period last year with between 6% and 10% increase year on year, comparing favourably to the national figure which has seen an average drop of 1.1%.
Camberley is also out-performing town centres across the country in terms of vacant shop units, which is currently way below the national average.
Over the past 18 months new retailers such as TK Maxx and Deichmann have opened in The Mall and more recently out on Park Street there has been an influx of quality eateries including Wildwood, Creams and Bill’s - which is currently the best performing café in the Bill’s chain outside London.
With a raft of top retailers including Primark, New Look, H&M and House of Fraser in The Mall and on Park Street, as well as a multitude of household names and independent traders on the High Street, Camberley really does have something for everyone.
The town’s leisure and entertainment offer, with top high street eateries including Bill’s, Nandos, Wildwood, Wagamamas and VUE Cinema in the Atrium, and quality pubs, bars and independent restaurants throughout the town, Camberley is the perfect place to celebrate this Christmas; be it with family, friends or work colleagues. Not forgetting of course the spectacular pantomime, Beauty and the Beast, showing at Camberley Theatre until 4 January.
This year, Camberley has been able to offer free parking in all three of its multi-story car parks on Thursdays after 3pm until 18th December, helping to boost the night time economy in Camberley, supporting its retailers and making Christmas shopping more convenient.
Helping maintain this momentum and raising the profile of the town is the Collectively Camberley Business Improvement District (BID) team, who have been working with The Mall and Atrium to deliver a packed programme of events throughout the festive period including The Christmas Light Switch On, Santa’s Grotto, Christmas Farmers’ Markets, live ice sculptures and free children’s craft activities - as well as the ever popular Little Book of Offers packed with over 70 money off deals.
Managing Director for Collectively Camberley, Zoe Griffiths said: “Support for Camberley Town Centre has been enormous over the festive season. We’ve seen an increase in, not only the number of visitors, but the length of time people are staying in the Town Centre too. November’s Christmas Lights switch-on event attracted over 52,000 visitors and Black Friday, inherited from the USA, has proven very popular this year with visitor numbers up 24% compared to the same week last year which is a great indication of Camberley’s growing popularity.
All our events and promotions are funded by the businesses of Camberley Town Centre with the aim to promote the town and showcase what we have to offer. The next town centre event is the Camberley Christmas Farmers Marketing taking place Friday 19 – Saturday 20 December on Park Street.
For more information on this and all things Camberley please go to www.collectivelycamberley.co.uk