Fiver Fest is something special. To celebrate our Great British High Street, thousands of businesses in 130 towns across the country got together to put on special £5 offers to say thank you to shoppers for supporting them throughout the year.

Fiver Fest started as part of the Totally Locally Town Kit when every town would run the event individually & locally. It follows on from the £5 message for each town, and follows a strategy timeline we give for the the whole Totally Locally campaign.

In February 2019 we decided to run a NATIONAL FIVER FEST. We put out the call to the Totally Locally community and were chuffed when 43 towns got involved. It was a huge success, with lots of sales plus  new customers came through hundreds of doors. The following one had 83 town, and the one after that 103 (3 IS the magic number!)

This October we are thrilled that Fiver Fest  is supported by the good people at Visa, as part of their ‘Where You Shop Matters’ campaign. They have helped us tremendously.

With 130 towns running Fiver Fest in October, the press and media coverage has been huge, with over 170 articles in national, regional & local press, radio & tv plus thousands of social media posts.

Below is just a small selection of what we have pulled from that social media – amazing! Thank you all who tweeted, posted, shared and hashtagged. It has given an incredible view of Fiver Fest, the communities across the UK and just how passionate small business owners are about what they sell and the places they live. 

There will be another FIVER FEST in early 2021, so if you want your town to be involved contact you can register your interest by completing the form below

PLEASE NOTE: THE FIVER FEST IS FOR INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES ONLY –

those who contribute directly into the local economy of their town. it doesnt include big chain stores, supermarkets or multinational companies. fiver fest was designed to level the playing field – to give a hand to small independent businesses.

FIVER FEST ON INSTAGRAM

#fiverfest

@totallylocally

YOUR FIVER FEST STORIES

We want your Fiver Stories – Let us know how Fiver Fest has affected your town, what great offers you’ve seen or even if you’ve just got to meet some new people.

This is a social thing – we want it to be a lot more than just selling things for £5. It’s about community and businesses supporting each other, whilst saying thank you to people who support local independent businesses.

Email your comment & stories to us at: info@totallylocally.org

Here’s a map of which towns that took part in the October 2020 Fiver Fest.

  Feedback from October 2020 FiverFest  

Visa UK

We’re proud to be supporting @1TotallyLocally #FiverFest from 10th – 24th October and celebrating small businesses and their local communities across the UK #WhereYouShopMatters

Vaughan Gething MS

Great visit to #fiverfest Penarth today after a morning of meetings & haircut from the #Bladesbarber fantastic offers from 47 #indieshops until 24 October. Late lunch @bar44tapas & enjoying our purchases from @GriffinBooksUK @ShorePenarth @Lilypadpenarth #shoplocal

Carlton House Vintage Workshop

Here at Carlton House Worksop, we love @1totallylocally and the work they do nationally for Independent Businesses!! Flag of United Kingdom Brilliantly backed by @VisaUK , it’s so simple, just spend £5 during #Fiverfest and you’ll be making a massive difference to your local indie economy #worksop

Rebel Diamond Soap

Awesome day 1 of the @totallylocally #salefiverfest Thank you! I am literally a second-job-kitchen-table business so any custom from you fine people is a blessing! Keep ’em coming

Totally Locally Burntisland

The best first Fiver Fest day ever! The High Street was jumping, queues everywhere (some even before shops opened). A photographer got 200 advance orders for her 2021 calendar, the butcher got four hours sleep he was so busy with prep and our candle maker sold out online in 9 minutes

Claire Hines, Sale

We’re taking part for the first time (Sale) and so far it’s been brilliant! A couple of businesses sold out of their offer on the first day and others are posting photos of the orders they’re packing today. It’s great.

Sew Darn Bonnie

😱😱😱😱 a whopping 40 plus snoods have been ordered in one day!!!! I hoped to keep the offer open over the fiverfest but I am only one woman 🤣 so will have to stop at some point! Thank you everyone for supporting small businesses! Today I went out and had a wander around our lovely town picking up some bargains from sunrise bakery, aye candy and the one one four, then a lovely lunch from The fix 😍

Customer, Clay Cross

Thanks to Fiver Fest I have been in local shops today I’ve never visited before. will definitely be visiting them all again once I’ve made my xmas list and booked some time off work so I can be around when they are all open. Such lovely, local produce and some fantastic hyggeligt bits of loveliness.

Clacton and Frinton Gazette

A number of shops have already reported record sales thanks to Maldon’s ‘fiver fest’ which began on Saturday (October 10).

Totally Locally Bedford

The manager of a butchers has just said “we had one lady in yesterday who has lived in Bedford for 50 years and didn’t know Lingers butchers was there until FiverFest.

Decor Angela Laura

Took part in @totallylocallyhorwich #fiverfest today by visiting local shops rather than chains. The great thing about fiver fest is you visit places you may not normally go to, see what brilliant items they have and end up spending more…win win #shoplocal #supportindie

Bumbles Coffee House

We’re 1 week into the fabulous FiverFest & a whopping ✨218✨ of you have already made the most of our offer so far 🙌🏼 This is a fantastic campaign for independent businesses that has been set up by @totallylocally & we’re so excited Studley is taking part!  Make sure you check out the other amazing deals that are running throughout FiverFest… snap them up before they end 🤩

SOME OF THE THOUSANDS OF PHOTOS FROM THE FIVER FEST GALLERY OCT 2020

  Feedback from February 2020 FiverFest  

IVYS EMPORIUM, BANFF

Our shop saw increased footfall and really great sales on the first day in a usually quiet month. We also saw new faces coming in during the x2 weeks which was really nice. Overall I feel the campaign and vibrant posters especially did a lot to raise local awareness of the huge potential and benefits that spending locally can bring to our high streets.

SPOTTY DOG CUSTOMS, BURNTISLAND

As you all know #fiverfest is over and I would like to thank our customers and followers for huge support during this amazing event. Coming in here this morning looking at the empty spaces on shelves and walls made me feel so proud as lots of my own original art work got sold, especially my paintings, and that’s a huge deal for me, so thank you all! ?? Also lots of our artists on board art works got recognised and some have a new fans and followers since #fiverfest.

SCAPE INTERIORS, LEIG-ON-SEA

It’s been a brilliant success. Our fully lined zip up cotton velvet cosmetic bags have been a big hit with our customers. They love that they are sustainably made exclusively for us by a family co-operative in Jaipur, India from the remnants of our chair and cushion fabrics. We’ve sold over 50 in the first week and only have 7 left so might have to think about introducing a new offer!

TOTALLY LOCALLY WYMONDHAM

In Wymondham we’ve had our first day of our Fiver Fest, and from what we hear the day was great for everyone. People were walking up and down the street with their leaflets; two businesses have already been booked up or run out of stock of their offer! One shop that I know has been struggling has sent word that she had more people in the shop in the first 45 minutes than she’d had all week.

TOTALLY LOCALLY WHITLEY BAY

Our #fiverfest in #whitleybay has been blooming marvellous so far. We’ve had such positive feedback from our fab independent businesses. It’s been such a pleasure to coordinate the event in our area.

LOVE FOR FLOWERS, BANFF

It has been amazing we have loved seeing so many new faces in the shop. Great idea and well executed I’d say, we are even continuing our £5 deal through March.

SANDWICH SAUSAGE SHOP

This promo really made a difference to the Sandwich Sausage Company business in a difficult trading climate.

SAMANTHA STROWGER

I thought it was really good! Would love to see this happen more often! Really got me out the house and spending money locally! Also I deffo spent more than £5 in each place I went to.

SO do you and your town want to take part in the next Fiver Fest (early 2021)?

Complete this form and we’ll be in touch!

We just need some information for you to create the posters for your town. The social media accounts will go on the poster footers, so if they don’t already exist, you can create them! e.g. @FiverFestYourTown

Note: the form below is for groups who wish to organise our Fiver Fest in their town with lots of businesses taking part (not an individual business).

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To find out what offers are on in your town or high street, check out your local press, or social media. Look for #fiverfest or #totallylocally or #totallylocallyyourtownname   Most towns have Facebook too.

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