Appreciate your time and the input
Folk will be able to decide beforehand as to whether it would be worth making the tip to visit the new reborn NLHF as near the date there will be a complete listing of all traders booked to be there available on the website at www.nlhf.co.uk
and also publicised on Facebook and on forums (fora?) such as this one. So they will have the information they need to make an informed decision.
My daughter thinks even to discuss not having an admission charge is tantamount to losing my marbles, but it is not quite that bad!
Overall, the NET effect is not massive, and might well be offset by other advantages, the obvious one being more money in visitors pockets to spend with traders and even in the Beer Tent. Then there's the beneficial publicity that will be generated (all publicity is beneficial, even critical publicity!)
There's also the philosophical question - do you pay an entry fee to walk round a shopping centre? Although we do plan to have some fun stuff, it is basically a shopping centre for re-enactors, it is not intended to be an entertainment for the paying public. Yes, I charged an fee for entry at the original NLHF, this followed a lot of years running Antiques Fairs and similar, most all of which generate their profits by charging admission, and of course, I had the role-model of TORM to follow, hence the three-day format, something else which I am changing. Not every trader can make Friday very easily, as they have other commitments to fit around, as do re-enactors.
And yes, if I do go for free admission it will be for the long term, as a carefully considered and thought out business decision. As to viable, depending on everyone who has indicated that they want a pitch actually sending the booking form and a cheque, we are in the nice position of having all of our immediately foreseeable costs covered.