KEEP IT LOCAL CRAFT EVENTS

Stallholder information

KEEP IT LOCAL ETHOS

 

Our ethos is to run friendly, professional events and we pride ourselves on our marketing activities which have proven since 2012 to attract visitors to our shows.  We advertise in many local publications, put flyers into supermarkets, post offices, council noticeboards, libraries, alongside our website, Facebook and Twitter....we take photographs during an event to use for these purposes.  Our venues have leaflets available for their visitors to pick up, list us in their online marketing and, from time to time, email their customer database about our events. We advertise in their online and printed magazines. We also send out flyers to each of our stallholders so they can be distributed at other events and locally to friends and family.  We have a database collected from visitors on exit from our events and they are sent an email reminder before the next event.  Where we can, we count visitors in so that we can continuously evaluate how well we are doing.  We want to work with everyone to build a credible reputation and a show that attracts not just local residents but makes us a very special destination for those living further afield.  


We define "local" as being from Kent, Surrey and Sussex and perhaps spilling over into south London.  We also make every effort to prevent clashes of product at our events.  It's boring for the visitors and disappointing for the stallholders.  We will allow crafters of the same genre up to a degree, but their products must have some differential.  So you will understand if we stipulate a restriction if we offer you a place to exhibit.  We also want to make the shows as profitable and as much fun as possible for our stallholders....we know, we're stallholders ourselves. To achieve this goal, our primary focus is on selecting an excellent range of crafters and products.  This will attract the right visitors who will (hopefully) spend more than they'd intended and therefore provide the most lucrative events for the stallholders!  

 

Visitors are not charged an entry fee.  As always during one of our events there are plenty of signs on site to lead the visitors to us!  Sally and/or Anne are always available for the duration of the show to the visitors and stallholders.  We'll wear hi-vis jackets during set-up and have an organisers table and banner to point both visitors and stallholders to us.


We run events only at Coolings Nurseries from 2022.  We have been priced out of the larger agricultural events unfortunately.  The February show at Hawley Garden Centre which has been advertised has now been cancelled by mutual consent.

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