Report of MrBead Spring Bead Fairs 2012

MrBead Spring Bead Fairs 2012

This spring we exhibited at six shows, with the Lakeland Fair being cancelled.

Beads Up North! – 29th April
Gordon always does a grand job organising this fair with good marketing and road signs.  Very busy almost all the time.  There is lots of light in this beautiful location in Haydock Race Course, close to the M6 motorway, and many exhibitors from down South. 

It was easy for MiMi and I to set up early as we were still suffering from jet-lag after arriving in the UK only three-days previous.  I always find it strange that everyone is speaking English after just arriving in the UK!

Edinburgh Bead Fair  – 6th May
This is one of my favourites and I love the drive high up on the M6 and the Scottish culture – we always stay a few days in the Highlands after this one.  The show was as vibrant as ever with many visitors, although slightly less than usual.  The Corn Exchange is a great venue with a large hall, easy parking and a large catering section.

As usual we stayed the Saturday evening at a Travel Lodge and left right after the show for B&B at a Highland Village, Dunfeld, Perthshire.  Great place with great views, and I enjoyed the snow on the high roads there.

MrBead Luton Bead Show – 12th May
Our first in my home town at a small hotel close to junction 10 of the M1 motorway, less than half-an-hour from London.

Although not as busy as I hoped, we did very well with some very large purchases – returning for another show here on 6th October.

Norwich MrBead Show – 13th May
Our second time in Norwich and the busiest show we have ever sold at – every second was flat out! 

Although we marketed for this event well, a lot of credit is due to Lorraine Cannell of TheBeadQueen.co.uk for her extensive campaigning, especially on Twitter where she has over 11,000 followers.  Lorraine will be back with us in Norwich showing her original bead jewellery on 21st October.

Cheshire Bead Fair – 20th May
Mark & Sharon of Silver Orchid saved the day at this one, after the previous organisers done a runner with exhibitor’s deposits!  Without them re-organising the event it would have been cancelled.

As always at Nantwich the show was very busy with a good turnout of both exhibitors and visitors. 

BeadyFairs.co.uk have booked the same hall for another bead fair later this year.

Norwich Bead Society – 14th June
The second time we have exhibited at this twice-weekly beading group in Norwich in an excellent local church hall. 

As before, there was a good turnout and we will be back in October. 

If you would like to join this group just off the Ipswich Road, reply to this blog.

 

To see all our bead fairs booked click http://www.mrbead.com/beadfairs2012.html

If you have a bead fair or beading group you would like MrBead to call at when we’re in the UK (next trip 18th September to end-of-October 2012), please reply to this blog.

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