I was offered the opportunity to run the first ever Mind Body Spirit event at the new Kirkby in Ashfield leisure centre (previously Festival Hall, but on the same site) I jumped at the chance.
It is a brilliant, brand new large sports Hall with superb facilities, perfect for the hustle and bustle of a show. It is fully accessible for those with mobility requirements and ample toilets and has refreshment facilities. The main car park was not finished in time as we had hoped but the surrounding car parking coped admirably.
I was delighted to fill the cavernous hall to capacity with fifty exhibitors, handpicked for their wares and skills. It is not often that an inaugural event turns away exhibitors. But that is what I had to do.
However, a show packed with exhibitors is only of value when you have visitors, and a first show at a new venue always begs the question of how many people will turn out to support it. I need not have worried. From the minute the doors opened to queues of excited customers I knew we were onto a winner.
I was determined to break the mould when it came to advertising and promoting the event. I have always been interested in attracting new visitors to Mind Body Spirit shows. I offered an unparalleled range of live demonstrations with a particular emphasis on demonstrations which attracted young children. I was rewarded with an unprecedented number of young families, lured by my visiting nurseries and playgroups with exclusive offers. It worked.
My objective was to put on a brand-new show, with new exhibitors at rates that were commercial for them and a range of stands to satisfy the existing mind body spirit audience and excite a new one. The feedback tells me that we achieved all those things, such that I can announce a second 2023 show on 17th September.
Anyone interested in standing for these shows should contact me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is some feedback from the day from visitors and stall holders:
– “All that work you put n really worked Jane”
– “Thanks for being a lovely neighbour Nina”
– “I absolutely loved it. Wished I had more time to appreciate everyone. My treatments were amazing and all my treats from Fenix Flames
and valuable knowledge and advice. Thanks to Sharon Fletcher
and Dave. Without Sharon we would never have found the place, so thank you so much. Always a warm welcome from everyone. Loved my sound therapy from the lovely lady and her partner, and my reflexology from David was always a winner. Lovin my journal. … Food for the soul. Thank you to each and every one of you, new and old friends. Love and blessings”
– ” Thank you so much! fabulous day. Xxx”
– “Absolutely right great show can’t wait for the next one great organisation and the people that came were really interesting x”
– “Thank you. It was an amazing experience . Really feeling the benefits. It was lovely meeting you too. Thanks for sharing your beautiful energy xx”
Lynda Brenford Woodland
– “Thank you it was a really enjoyable day xx”