Possible new venue in Higham Ferrers…

Yesterday I went to revisit the Conservative Club in Rothwell to take some photos of the venue to show stallholders. Unfortunately I was really disappointed with the incredibly low lighting in the hall which somehow I hadn’t noticed when I visited previously. I feel very strongly that if I am taking people’s time and money then I need to feel completely confident that a venue will be a great place to hold a successful event. After much consideration, I therefore decided to cancel the events booked here. Good lighting is so crucial to show stallholder’s work off at its best and I feel that a poorly lit room wouldn’t create the best atmosphere. Such a shame as otherwise this is a fantastic venue…

Anyway, onwards and upwards..! I have been thinking for a while about other possible venues but now that we’ll no longer be using the Conservative Club thought I’d best get cracking on some new ideas.

I live in Higham Ferrers and often go to the Farmers’ Market on the last Saturday morning of each month. There are often stalls in the Bede House and sometimes in Chichele College but there aren’t always very many and not always handmade. Today there were around 3 stalls in the Church (mainly gift) and a plant sale in Chichele College Gardens. The Farmers’ Market always draws many people into Higham Ferrers so this would be a great opportunity to hold a successful event.

I’ve been to have a look at the Working Men’s Club on Westfield Terrace which is just round the corner from the Market Square. They have a large, bright, airy hall we can use (and they’re very keen for us to do so!) with space out the front and down the side for stallholders to park their cars. There is also the space for a bouncy castle if we sectioned off part of the car park. People are used to parking around the town for the market so I’m sure if I put signs up around the Market Square and gave out flyers they would walk round the corner to the hall. There are many large schools locally so I can also give out 1000s of flyers to promote it.

I would like to hold Vintage and Craft Fairs there on the last Saturday of each month 9am-1pm (same as the Farmers’ Market) with set up from 8am. There wouldn’t be time for me to get in first to set up but the tables would be out ready and stallholders could choose where they would like to go on arrival. There are tables there but they’re only 3′ x 2′ so stallholders could have 2 tables for £15 or bring their own if they prefer. If there is space and enough free tables on the day, I would be happy for stallholders to use an extra table. I would estimate there is enough room for up to 25 stalls.

So what do you think? I’d love some feedback. We could get booked in for July 30th, August 27th, September 24th, October 29th, November 26th and December 17th. November might be a bit of a push seeing as we’ve already got 13th in Kimbolton and 19th in Raunds but if enough people are interested I’m more than happy to go ahead. Thank you, Louise

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