Retailers encouraged to join new house and garden show
THE organiser of a new Henley show has made extra room for exhibitors after being inundated with requests from local
THE organiser of a new Henley show has made extra room for exhibitors after being inundated with requests from local businesses.
Niki Schafer says 55 traders have signed up for the first Henley House and Garden Show but she has expanded it to allow for up to another 10.
Sculptors David Harber and Sam Wylder and furniture company Encompass are among those who will take part in the show on Saturday and Sunday, February 28 and March 1.
The compere will be Nick Knowles, presenter of the BBC’s DIY SOS.
Mrs Schafer, an interior designer, of Walton Avenue, Henley, said, “It’s going great guns. We have room for about five or 10 more exhibitors. I’ve made more space because there’s been such demand and I can put up an extra tent if needed. We have lots of big companies so now I want smaller local businesses who want to get into the luxury market.
“We have agreed the speakers and we have a great line-up, including David Harber, designer Jane MacFarlane and Jay Blades of furniture maker Out of the Dark.
“Workshops can now be booked on the website and people can register to come to the show so I can get an idea of how many will be coming.“
The show, which is supported by the Henley Standard, will be held in Market Place with exhibitions at King’s Arms Barn and Lady Sew and Sew in Farm Road. A red double-decker bus will ferry visitors between Henley station and the town hall on the Saturday.
Henley in Bloom will be running a workshop for children, while a mini-cinema will be installed by Mango Vision and Garage Tek will have vintage cars on display.
Mrs Schafer visited businesses in the town to encourage them to join the show’s design trail. Each one that takes part will be marked with a laurel tree and have a poster outside their shop and in return will be mentioned in the show’s programme.
Mrs Schafer said, “I think it’s really important that all retailers are involved. This is about bringing people to Henley and having a good shopping weekend. Some of the shops have been brilliant, like flooring company Slab in Hart Street and Asquiths teddy bear shop in New Street.”
She needs models to take part in a fashion show. They will have to hold a piece of furniture as they walk down a turf catwalk in Market Place on the Saturday.
Mrs Schafer said, “I’m looking for models, sporting heroes and local celebrities. We want to raise £10,000 to £14,000 for a new multi-sensory room at the Chiltern Centre for disabled children in Greys Road and the fashion show is a fun way of doing it.”
For more information or to take part in the show, email Mrs Schafer at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.thehenleyhousegardenshow.com