Food Traders Information
29TH & 30TH JUNE 2024 THE HERITAGE, BELLAMOUR LANE, BISHTON, WOLSELEY BRIDGE, STAFFORD ST17 0XL
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT
Wool@J13 https://wool-j13.uk/ echoes many wool shows aimed at a niche, but very well populated segment of the population country wide. North, South, East & West boast such shows, well attended by a wide range of exhibitors dealing in knitting, crocheting, dyeing, fibre in all its forms, felting, needle felting – you name it, they do it, plus workshops and demos. And visitors with a yen for making with wool in all its forms, flock to these shows. The gap in provision of such a wool show in the middle of the country was filled by Wool@J13, notably in its successful inaugural show in May 2017 in Staffordshire.
Wool@J13 is quirky, individual and just a little bit different to all the other wool shows around the UK, giving people the opportunity to shop, eat, drink & learn and have fun at the same time. A festival feel is the name of the game.
We feature a main shopping zone, music & workshops, extra entertainment activities, A Knitted Tearoom & camping for traders & exhibitors with visitor camping about 15 mins away at the well provided for Carney Pools Camping & Caravan site or across the nearby A51 in Great Haywood. We also feature a street food area named The Peckish Pony.
THE PECKISH PONY STREET FOOD at Wool@J13
The street food experience from around the world aims to tantalise the taste buds and present a healthy alternative to burger & chips. We are keen to offer vegan & vegetarian alternatives and if you are sweet & lovely with not too much of the sugar stuff, we want to hear from you. Read more about the street food we aim to present, here https://wool-j13.uk/whats-on/?section=streetfood
Officially, the show is open from 10 a.m. until 5pm on the Saturday & 10 a.m. until 4.30pm on Sunday. Food traders may stay open for longer on Saturday at their own discretion to accommodate any exhibitors who wish to have a drink & relax with a meal on site after their hard working day.
From £60 for the two days.
Water, Electrics & Recycling
Standing water tap available for all food traders; you will need to supply your own generator. Mains supply NOT available.
WHEN IS IT
June 29th & 30th (Sat & Sun) 2024. Set up day is Friday 28th June, though, if confident of being set up in time for show opening, you may arrive, by prior arrangement, on the Saturday morning.
WHERE IS IT
In 2023 we moved to the new location of Bishton Hall at Wolseley Bridge, Staffordshire, just 25 minutes from Junction 13 of the M6 and 2 minutes from the main A51. Next year we will be staying in the same area of Bishton, though not at the Hall which, unfortunately, can’t accommodate us next year. We have, however, been invited to hold our 2024 show in the lovely grounds of The Heritage, directly opposite the Hall at Bishton.
The Heritage is owned by the renowned Stafford Northcote family, proud owners of Bishton Hall itself from 1946 when it became the new home of St Bede’s School up until when the Hall was sold in 2018. The well connected family retain a passion for education and has vast experience in running events of this nature.
ABOUT THE SITE
The site to be used is large enough to accommodate all that we need for our festival atmosphere, with easy access for both vehicles, food traders and boats (the Trent & Mersey canal runs directly alongside the site), a very even ground formerly in use as a cricket pitch, an eye catching cricket pavilion and a backdrop of roses. A superb & well known location for visitors to park their picnic blankets and enjoy the mouth watering goodies that our valued food traders will be bringing to the Midlands’ No 1 wool show in 2024.
ATTENDANCE FIGURES based on our shows at our former location of Lower Drayton Farm, Penkridge, Staffordshire (up until & including 2022)
Approx 1.6K throughout the weekend.
MADE UP OF & SATISFIED WITH
80% of visitors were female of mixed ages from early twenties right through to 60 year olds. Male visitors specifically attending for wool interest made up the extra 20%. We are confident that both the attractions afforded by the new venue and the festival atmosphere of the show will bring in more families than in previous years.
Average spend: £50.00 Average time spent at show: 6 hours
99% visitor satisfaction
APPLY for Wool@J13 2024 – applications now open.
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