An early Christmas present!

(Yes, we know it’s FAR too early to be talking about Christmas – but we can’t help it, we have news!)

We know that you spend most of your time selling gifts to your customers for them to give to other people. You come to Giving & Living to stock up on lovely things for them to buy all year round, not just for Christmas.  But there’s no denying that Christmas is when most people buy the most gifts. Maybe they buy them from you? But what about you? Where do you do your Christmas shopping?

Well we’ve got just the place for you, as Hale Events (that’s us!) have just acquired the incredibly popular Christmas Shopping Fayre. It’s one of the UK’s biggest festive shopping shows, held annually at Westpoint, Exeter, and it regularly attracts tens of thousands of festive shoppers. Little wonder too with the show featuring over 250 very diverse stallholders offering their Christmas lines each year, low admission prices, a free Santa’s Grotto and free parking. Exhibitors flock from all parts of the UK to be part of it. Such is the appeal of the Fayre that most of the traders automatically re-book their stalls a whole year in advance and a good number of them have attended for 20+ years.

The Christmas Shopping Fayre was the brainchild of Barnstaple based event organiser Grahame Davidson and he had been running the show since 1996. We’ve always loved the show, and one of our directors, Mike Sartain, happened to mention to Grahame that we’d love to take it on if he ever thought of retiring. From such little things big things grow… After much consideration and many conversations, Grahame discovered that our team would be a perfect fit for maintaining the huge popularity of the Christmas Shopping Fayre, and a deal for the handover was completed.

We’ve been organising shows in the South West for 25 years and we’re are delighted to add this popular and very successful Fayre to our SW show portfolio. It complements the range of business to business shows that we currently organise, and will provide a great direct sales opportunity for our trade show exhibitors. It takes place at just the right time of year for our business, and also for us (and you!) to do that all important Christmas shopping!

This year’s Christmas Shopping Fayre takes place 23-25 November and it’s already getting close to being fully booked, with a host of new traders with completely different lines joining the many popular regular stallholders. We’re really looking forward to it, and hopefully this year’s show will be the best one ever! Maybe we’ll see you there?

You can find out all about the show on the website at, and if you’d like to know more about us please visit

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