Seven days of pop-up shops and restaurants is promised in Wilton town centre from June 12 to 17 for the first-ever ‘Wilton Week.’
Any empty shops available in the town centre, could be offered for short term hire to aid regeneration in the town and improve evening footfall, as well as giving new entrepreneurs a taste of retailing and shopping display.
“We want the town’s traders to be a major part of Wilton Week. It’s important the pop-ups complement existing town centre traders and don’t overlap too much with what is already here. I’d really like to improve evening footfall and will be looking for a pop-up restaurant or wine bar,” Zoe Cupit (pictured), Wilton Town Co-ordinator, organiser of the event exclusively revealed at a business networking breakfast on March 14.
“Our hope is that the pop-up occupier will have a positive experience and perhaps stay on, longer-term, in Wilton. A large choice of shops benefits the communities of Wilton and the surrounding villages who use the town and its facilities. It also attracts tourists and increases footfall and income,” she added.
The week will conclude with The Great Big Lunch on Sunday, June 18, hosted at the Wilton Shopping Village, 11am to 4pm. Everyone is encouraged to take food for to sharing, but other food and drink will be available on site.
“It will be a unique fun day for all friends and family members of all ages. The aim of the community event is to encourage local residents, young and old, to get together with neighbours,” Zoe explained.
Wilton Shopping Village businesses are being encouraged to participate, and local groups have been invited to set up stalls at the event to meet and greet people, or to raise funds for their organisations or charities.
Local businesses will be offered sponsoring opportunities and publicity on flyers, banners, and posters to support Wilton Week.
To volunteer help and expertise, or to book a stand at the Great Big Lunch or a pop up shop contact firstname.lastname@example.org