What's the general feeling on this show? I'm also thinking of going, but it will be an expensive weekend, and that's before I get into the show! I'd have to soften the blow by taking SWMBO to the theatre!
I shall probably go to Ally Pally, I have been for the last few years. It isn't as big as the Axminster show but there is more room to move about which is nice and most of the usual suspects are there in some form or another (sometimes showing subsets of what you see at a bigger show). If you get there a bit early there is a very civilised place for breakfast at the entrance.
I go on Sunday so that I can drive there without traffic being a huge problem and I usually need the car to haul back stuff - last time it was about 1cwt of Bessey clamps! There are good deals on Sunday too, being the last day. I picked up a full set of guidebushes for my Dewalt 621 for a tenner and the guy gave me an 8mm collet for nowt! :lol:
Feel free to treat our stand as a meeting point, perhaps at 12 each day?
Perhaps we should get some badges made to wear so we can spot other forum contributors.
Yeah, you're right... that is a naff idea!
We're just inside the front door as ever. Hope to see some of you there!
Ill be there, probably take the day off and go on the Friday despite all my years of woodworking as a hobby i've never been to a show and since i grew up in the area it will be nice to visit there again, incidently i vividly rememeber standing in the playground at school when i was about 11 watching the old palace burning on the top of the hill
Les, not sure it's worth it. If you manage to get out of Stanstead by 10.30 or so you're looking at an hour or so into Liverpool Street, then rail to Alexandra Palace (changing a few times) or tube it to Wood Green. maybe get to the show at 12.30 or so and you'd need to be away at 4.30 or so. This is all assuming planes and trains are on schedule.
Of course cost may also be a factor. Flights + £25 rtn Stanstead Express + train fares + admission etc.
I've been at the show a couple of times (02 & 03) and unless it's improved I found it rather disappointing. Very few manufacturers just local shops with retail stalls and retail prices (disguised as "special show prices") Frankly you'd see more at a large store like D & M in Twickenham. But perhaps it's got better since I was last there. JMHO.
I'd wait till the bigger shows in October and November.