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Tips for Exhibiting at the Essex Craft and Design Show 2017


The Essex Craft and Design Show will be returning to RHS Garden Hyde Hall in May (Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May) for a long weekend showcasing crafting, photography, ceramics, textiles, fine art, jewellery, glass and many other contemporary crafts. Over the bank holiday weekend, the event will have over sixty craftsmen, designers and artists coming together to celebrate the very best in British design..

Whether you’re a new and emerging talent or an established artist, the Essex Craft and Design Show is a great opportunity to promote your work, network and sell your original works to the public.

If you are considering a visit or planning to attend this year’s Essex Craft and Design Show, we’ve put together our top tips to help your exhibition go smoothly.

Book Your Place Ahead of Time

With the event only a few weeks away, it’s important to book your exhibition place as soon as possible. Application packs can be downloaded online for both indoor and outdoor plots. Regular exhibitors may apply using the standard application form, but those who are new to the event will need to supply photographs of their work alongside.

Equipment such as tables are not included as standard: they should be requested during the application process, so that the event organisers can arrange them for you.

Exhibit Outdoors

The RHS Garden Hyde Hall is a fantastic venue and provides a unique backdrop, particularly for those who enjoy exhibiting outdoors. The excellent outdoors space is great for accommodating exhibitors who need more space, particularly those who want to set up equipment such as pop-up gazebos.

This year, the outdoor space will be expanding and therefore available to more exhibitors: these plots are the perfect place to book, as they offer the space to run demonstrations. Here you can showcase your craft live and entice visitors to your stall.

Get Prepared

To ensure you’re ready for the event, check all your equipment to make sure you are stocked up. Also confirm that everything you are planning to bring is accepted within the event rules and regulations.

At TFH Gazebos, we have many years of experience working with and supporting market traders and exhibitors, and we recommend putting together comprehensive checklists of all the equipment you need to take. This will include everything from the basic items you will need to set a stall up, as well as additional items such as decorations, business cards and enough money for your float, if you are planning on selling your goods.

Promote Your Attendance

If you have any form of following online, let them know you will be attending the event and where they can find you. Whether it’s family, friends or loyal fans of your work, these advocates love to hear about what your business is up to and where they might be able to purchase crafts from you.

For those that can’t attend, they can share and promote your attendance online and on social media, which may encourage new audiences to attend and find out about you.

If you’re looking for new or additional products to help support your exhibiting, browse our array of pop-up gazebos, gazebo accessories and custom branded promotional merchandise .