Fair organisers IACF will no longer be running an event at Stoneleigh.
Despite trialling the venue in various
formats throughout 2013, they have concluded that "it does not lend
itself sufficiently for the needs of an antiques fair".
"Logistically the site did not meet
requirements for our events," said Keith Harris, director of IACF.
"Parking in particular was a real issue, with buyers being unable
to park nearby. We carefully researched the disappointing visitor
figures received throughout the year, and decided that while the
site did offer a reasonable amount of undercover space, there was
no real capacity for the event to grow beyond a few hundred
IACF said they had been approached to trial
the venue by the Stoneleigh management team, having hosted a fair
there some years before in more buoyant times. "Unfortunately, it
didn't work before and it's not worked again," Mr Harris said.
IACF added that "a change of management team
at the venue also brought a considerable increase in venue hire
charges". Mr Harris said: "The new charges at Stoneleigh would have
meant an increase in costs for our customers - in these already
difficult times this is not something we are prepared to do."
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