We have just agreed to move our last event of the year, the 2014 Xmas fair, from the 1st Nov to Sunday 2nd Nov to avoid a clash with a larger event. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
This year we have experimented with two formats, BeachCraft, which has proved to be extremely popular with upwards of 150 visitors each event, even in the rain, and a max footfall of some 227 which we feel is remarkable. We've had some new ideas for 2015 to tweak the dates/format but essentially we shall keep to the same "1st Saturday of the month" idea for BeachCraft from Easter weekend until September, and then one Xmas fair in November.
For the third weekend of the month, we're looking at a different format, "Old Crafty Hipster" is the working title, but subject to change. This will be a vintage/hipster/qwerky fair for all of the people who simply didn't fit this year's profile, but who we'd very much like to include. Again, dates are subject to confirmation at this stage.
Then to add a few more dates, we'll have an occasional "Anything Goes" fair with no theme or requirement for sellers, just come and sell what you want. We may even make it a first come, first served pay on the day event, but i'm not sure of that yet.
The venue will be the Masonic Hall, Seaham, as they've proved to be an excellent partner for these events, and they are looking to improve the external appearance of the hall for next year, as well as all the work they've done internally. The venue is popular with sellers and buyers, so we're happy to continue along this format for the foreseeable future.
2015 should be a good year for fairs, as there are less distractions than this year, and a growing interest in handmade and crafted items. Hope we'll see you there.