Merry Christmas From The OrganisersWe're all looking forward to this year's fayre ... we hope you are too!
THE FIRST Christmas Shopping Fayre was staged at Westpoint back in 1996 and luckily proved to be an instant success with 1000s of visitors attending.
Since then the Fayre has become a very prominent fixture on the West Country events calendar and local shoppers know they can depend on it to solve their Christmas shopping problems in a single ‘all under one roof’ visit! It is one of the UK’s biggest festive shopping shows and attracts a constant flow of shoppers with money in their pockets each year. Little wonder too, with the show featuring over 250 very diverse stallholders offering their Christmas lines each year, low admission prices, a free Santa’s Grotto and free parking.
Exhibitors are a tough bunch to please but the show has earned the support of many of the country’s top traders who all rate the Shopping Fayre as one of the very best organised events they attend. Exhibitors flock from all parts of the UK to be part of it, and such is the appeal of the Fayre that most of the traders automatically re-book their stalls a whole year in advance. A good number of them have attended for 20+ years!
Everybody looks forward to it… visitors, traders and so too the skilled teams of stand-builders, electricians and stewards who all enjoy their annual stint at the Shopping Fayre – long may it continue!!
NEW FOR 2018
The Christmas Shopping Fayre was the brainchild of Barnstaple based event organiser Grahame Davidson and he has been running the show ever since.
It was an ‘out of the blue’ approach from South West based Hale Events earlier this year that set the wheels of change in motion. “If you ever think of retiring we’d love to have the opportunity to take on the running of your fabulous show” was the unexpected proposal from Hale’s Mike Sartain.
Hale Events has been organising shows in the South West for 25 years and Managing Director, Mike Anderson commented: “We are delighted to add this popular and very successful Fayre to our SW show portfolio. This show compliments the range of business to business shows that Hale currently organise, and will provide a great direct sales opportunity for our clients, at a fantastic time of year.”
Grahame added: “Having got to know the Hale Events team I’m confident they’ll maintain the amazing success my show has enjoyed over the past 22 years, and I’m pleased that the Shopping Fayre will be in safe hands!”
Most importantly for exhibitors and shoppers alike is that there will be absolutely no noticeable changes to the way the event has been run for so many years and Grahame will continue to help with every aspect of the Fayre behind the scenes. The 2018 Christmas Shopping Fayre is already getting close to being fully booked with a host of new traders with completely different lines joining the many popular regular stallholders. As Grahame has said more than once “this year’s show should be the best one ever!”
If you’re interested in exhibiting or coming as a visitor and you have any queries do get in touch, it would be great to hear from you. Call us on 01934 733433 or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to know more about Hale Events – take a look at www.hale-events.com.