NEARLY 8,000 visitors packed into the Brighton Centre for the second etc Gardens, Homes & Lifestyle show, sponsored by Brewers, over the weekend.
The event was jointly organised by JP South Events and Johnston Press Events & Exhibitions.
From a modest launch in 2011 that was badly affected by the hot Easter weather, the organisers have announced that the number of visitors was double last year.
Many of those who visited the show were richly entertained by Joe Swift (presenter of BBC Gardener’s World and the Chelsea Flower Show), local Sussex man Oliver Heath (star of various BBC TV home based shows) and celebrity chefs Lesley Waters and Paul Da Costa Greaves.
The main hall of the show, which attracted over 100 exhibitors from around the UK, was transformed with a number of companies deciding to construct their own purpose built displays and stands. This included a pagoda, a Thai beach reed roofed, decked structure and large swimming pool amongst others, plus a show garden from Stone Cross Nurseries.
The Food Hall, a new innovation for 2012, was constantly busy on both days with many exhibitors running short of stock with bread, cakes, cheese and sausages in big demand!
Dianne Gill, Events & Sponsorship Manager for JP South Events said, “The visitor numbers exceeded our expectations. We were constantly busy at the front of house.”
“Lead sponsor, Brewers, were so impressed that they confirmed their plans to sponsor 2013 on the Sunday afternoon. Other exhibitors reported brisk business too.”
Speaking for JP Events & Exhibitions, Mike Schwarz said, “This was a great example of two teams working together to deliver a great show. The Brighton Centre presents some challenges due to its small loading area and there are things we need to think about going forward and work on. But we are committed to the venue and this event. Plans for next year are already under way.”