THE HEALING WEEKEND, SOMERSET – 8-9 10July 2011
This is the successor to the event started by the late Bill Harrison and it did the organisers proud. The organisation was almost faultless, the atmosphere uplifting and the crowds poured in.
The event is held in fields adjoining the SECRET WORLD, with an astonishing array of marquees. The two main marquees are of a modern design with a translucent top, which helped brighten up the inside. Day long entertainment was in a 400 seat marquee and three smaller marquees were used for talks and workshops. Healers had a large marquee to themselves, and a lot of exhibitors had their own shelters.
There was food aplenty with Linda’s Loaf, a Burger, Sausage, Roast van and the most popular Thai Food Tent. Children were kept occupied with face painting, hula hoops, blowing bubbles etc.
But let’s get down to business; fortunately the organisers are not greedy and the cost of exhibiting is far less than at all other larger shows. Our takings were not as much as we had hoped for, but we are not unhappy, as we know that we have cultivated a lot of new customers and mail orders will certainly follow. We did meet a lot of very nice people and renewed acquaintance with some of our regular customers. We meet so many people as so many shows and it is difficult to remember them all, as some of them expect you to. The body language of approaching customers helps us to “recognise” old customers.
We have to guesstimate the quantity of each item of our stock that we think we will need at all exhibitions, and hope we will not run out of anything. It has often been a close call, but we have generally got it right and empty cases, as we pack up at the end of the show, are a pleasing site.
“How far do you have to travel?” is the polite question at the end of shows, and some feel that anything over fifty miles is far away. The Healing Weekend in Somerset is the nearest show we do outside Wales, and it is a mere three and a half hours drive away. Oh to be young again