Essex’s Travel & Leisure Show

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Yesterday I went to the Five Lakes Hotel, Country Club and Spa – to give it its full title – for the tourism and leisure show that was mentioned a couple of days ago. Why? To see what people thought of their local show and how the exhibitors reacted to it.
Catching the courtesy coach from Witham station gave an added bonus. Five Lakes is about 12 miles away so we had a tour through the Essex countryside. Now if the drivers were tourist guides we would have had some commentary on the village of Kelvedon, part of which had some attractive eighteenth century buildings. That could have been topped by talking about the tattooed bungalows. These were two buildings that had a design painted on the walls.
Anyway I digress. When the coach started one lady was surprised that there were seats left thinking that the coach would be crowded. It wasn’t but when we arrived the show certainly was. What the golfers thought of all the cars parked on the main access roads and in the car parks and on a few verges. I don’t know.
Inside the exhibitors were doing lively business. From Buckinghamshire came Waddesdon Manor. They have been coming for at least 8 years and find that groups are happy to travel for 2 hours to reach them. A similar view came from the representatives from Denbies in Surrey and the Historic Dockyard in Chatham.
So what of the visitors? One lady ran a theatre club. She had been looking for daily outings that her group might travel to. She confessed she wished that a few of the theatre groups had exhibited but still had found new places to visit. As she had found over the few years she has been coming. A cricket club organiser was confirming bookings with a coach company. One reason some had come was because they could get around it all. Big shows took all day and even then you couldn’t get round them all, I was told more than once. Some people had come for the food and the prizes.
But would they come again? I come every year, one lady said. I look forward to it just as I Iook forward to the days getting longer. Probably the organisers couldn’t wish for anything more.

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