Stratford Show, whats happened?

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  1. olley

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    This the first time we have been for a few years, and boy has it gone down the pan. Traders what traders? Must be all of a dozen, the show used to be one of the best shows of the year, in 2005 we bought our RV here, came here with fun a few times, good show, they even had fireworks on the Saturday night.

    ARV club used to park down by the stands, all Eurovans now bar one RV. Doubt we will come again, pity as we enjoyed many a walk in to Stratford.

    Ian
     
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    Its twice as big as last year, be grateful you didnt come then, only our second visit so nothing more to compare to
     
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    It was comparable to Lincoln and Peterborough, this is without a doubt the most poorly attended show by traders we have eve been to, since our first one in 2003.
     
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    I wasn't disagreeing with you (y)

    There must be as many vans here as there were at Lincoln last year, but there are far fewer trade stalls, a good few of them are only marginally motorhome related
     
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    Compared to past few years this is good !!! Been going down the pan for a long time. Let's face it most of the fun crowd only come as its a weeks camping.
    The new organisers "Appletree" are trying to get it back to what it used to be. They have been very accommodating with any of our requests.
     
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    Stratford used to be my favourite show to exhibit at. We stopped going about 7 years ago
     
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    I went last year and if I had been a day visitor I would have asked for my money back, it was only the rally that was worth anything at all and the walk into town.
     
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    Not been to a British show for 10 years the only one we think is worth going to these days is Caravan Salon in Dusseldorf.
     
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    Why did you stop eddie? Organisers want too much money?
     
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    A combination really. The last time we exhibited there was in 2008 and our stand cost about £850.00 There was no electric so our exhibition unit had to be run from a generator. The grass was never cut, it was often muddy, and we did progressively worse and worse as the years went on (we started attended in 1992)

    Add to that staff over time, staff food and drink, staff transport costs and it all adds up to a point that we said "if w waste our time this year we will knock it on the head.

    And we did!
     
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    Have to agree with what is being said ,weather aside, it's an oustandingly poor trader attendances with a huge thank you to those that have, even though I could buy absolutly nothing from my shopping list for my latest project.all of wich was Motor Home related we said we would give it another chance after 5 years absence we wont bother again untill we hear of a massive improvement
    Apple Tree have taken on a huge task and gamble
    Motor Home shows 0 Ebay 1:doh:
     
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    We went last year and were back home in just over 2 hours, including driving 30 miles there and 30 back. It was like going to a jumble sale at the local scout hut.
     
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    That does rather sum up the "show" rather well:rolleyes:
     
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    We went last year and bought our van ! Apart from that it was disappointing . Was hoping to pop over for a brief visit tomorrow as this show is ten minutes from home but is its poor I will give it a miss.

    I understand what ? @eddievanbitz is saying about the cost of having a stand at shows. Used to help a mate out who had stands at shows promoting and selling his water ski business. The costs became outrageous and stopped him from going as it was so close whether any profit at all could possibly be made. No point in putting prices so high as Businesses cannot afford to go and we the public don't want to go if there are few stands.

    To those that go have a great time !
     
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    Although admittedly there are not many stalls and negotiating the ground to them is not too much fun we've managed to cross a couple of things of our shopping list so not a complete wash out for us at least.
     
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    Really feel for Appletree .. they have bent over backwards to try to make this a welcoming event for us. There is entertainment too for tonight and tomorrow .. I am wondering if many traders did not turn up once the storms started before some even set up.

     
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    That problem, in general, is common to all sorts of events. We had a similar experience when attending family history shows. In the end we knocked all but the two largest northern shows on the head and simply didn't consider the biggest show in London as the costs were far too high.
     
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    MOST of the Warner's shows have gone downhill from the 90`s when we went to pretty much ALL of them, with the old (now defunct) ARVE. I will (Maybe) go to Lincoln, but only because it`s so close and we can visit with people we know who live close by. Peterborough was the last one we went to (2015) and we did buy a Rapido!. The Lincoln STEAM fair is a better weekend!.
     
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    Appletree have been fantastic the entertainment last night was brilliant . The weather hasn't been kind :( which has such a knock on effect .

    There are more vans here for sale than we have ever seen . Hope more traders come back next year . Well done Appletree x
     
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    Another day and AGAIN I feel for the organisers ... They can't help the weather but if we have any problems caused by it they have done their darndest to help. I don't normally go into the shows but will tonight just to show my support.

    Take the weather away and this has been a wonderful meet .. am in intense pain with fractured pelvis but laughter and friendship abounds. Thanks for the smiles Carol, Liz and Steve, David and Dawn Dux, Merv for our future millions, oh the list is ENDLESS and for the brilliant meal out in the Indian ... loved the people ... mean it ..you are the best!

    Colin if you get to read this ..thanks for the Italian .. 5 years and still not given you my fone number .. now THAT is friendship :)
     
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