Wow what a day i had!! It was my first time attending this Show for some reason and it was well worth it! We arrived at 9.50am and there wasn’t much waiting at all and the queues were well managed.
I was kindly given a Press Pass from the Organisers which entitled me to gain free entry to the Show and a Show Guide which was very useful as there was a lot of stands and i wanted to see some of my favourite shops in person.
Its a pretty extensive guide that has broken the stalls down into alphabetically and per product and the map of the halls is huge! Its a pretty handy map as i used it quite a lot whilst attending the show.
My friend Jane came with me also who dabbles with Sewing but not dressmaking came with me and she told me not to let her buy fat quarters or yarn….. I didn’t do a very good job!!
We came through the side entrance which meant we was in Hall A to start with and came across Caroline and Fliss of Felicity Fabrics. It was great to see them in person and have a chat and of course i couldn’t not say no to a few things….. This Rust Baby cord 1.5m to make a Tilly and The Buttons Ness Skirt or i could squeeze a Cleo out of it, oh now that is making me think!! Also how can anyone pass up Kylie and the Machine Labels, i just love putting these into my makes and finally these absolute beauties by Whim Wham Buttons these handmade ceramic buttons in Colbat Blue where they made in Stoke on Trent. Plus it’d always a winner in my book for a sweet treat, thank you for the biscuit! Saved to have with my coffee whilst making a start with my festive dress.
On recommendations from Stall owners on our way round Hall A was to make our way to the Sewing Quarter Stand, where they were selling Sewing Advent Calender’s, Mugs and Fat Quarters really cheap! So of course i had to treat myself 🙂 not bad for £11 for a Advent Calendar with many Sewing accessorises and a big mug, must remember its not dishwasher friendly!
Now there where some fascinating displays on show and some which i didn’t quite get too…. Yes Jane you know what i mean!
We decided to have some lunch and i was quite surprised that there was somewhere to sit as it was quite busy yet it was kept really clean. i decided to get a Chicken Katsu Wrap which was really tasty for £3.50 so it wasn’t that overally priced but not sure why Jane’s Jacket Potato with Cheese cost £5! Whilst having lunch i shouted across to Beth and had a quick chat before she went to her workshop of Silver Clay Pendant making.
The very lovely Adaku of Dovetailed Fabrics had a stall here and she travelled all the way from London and I’m glad she made the trip as i finally bought some African wax print at last! She also provided free tickets which meant Jane got into the show for free too. We had a nice chat about the fabrics and how to wash and care for them. So i treated myself to this wonderful purple floral fabric.
Then a trip to Barnyarns where i bagged these 3 madria thread for £4.00, a back up jersey twin needle and some new cute pins
Oh yes not forgetting our stop at the Cats Protection Stall, i treat myself to a new Simons Cat Lip Balm and received the 2020 Calendar and magazine for free!
Finally managed to track down Lisa and her mum after loads of messages back and forth to see where abouts’ we were and actually getting lost!! So had a good chat, laugh and wander about before heading off home at 3.30pm.
When i arrived home Mr K had cooked a beautiful Chicken Stew so it was a great way to end the busy yet exciting day. But then ended up having 40 winks and a nasty headache as it wiped me out fibromyalgia has a lot to answer for :/
I would really recommend attending the Show at Harrogate you can easily spend the full day there and if you didn’t want to stay for the food that was on offer inside you could get stamped and pop across the road into Town to get some food. We parked at the multi storey car park which was just round the corner from the convention centre and it cost £8.70 for 6 hours so not bad at all for a city centre parking.
So if you haven’t been before or a while, i highly recommend you attending!