Carp and Coarse Spectacular Show
The inaugural carp and coarse fishing show at the Ricoh Arena a total success
Inaugural Show hailed a success!
Lines and lines of fishing reel were not needed to pull in over 8,500 visitors to the inaugural free entry Carp and Coarse Spectacular Show at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
Organisers were so impressed with the attendance figures, the venue and the feedback from exhibitors that a booking has already been confirmed for 2013.
The show consisted of a mix of talks from legends in the sport including Bob Nudd, product launches and free giveaways as carp and coarse enthusiasts from all over the UK attended the two-day show in the Jaguar Exhibition Hall.
Organiser Lee Apps from Redwood Events said he couldn’t have asked for a better start to a new venture particularly since he had set a target of 5,000 visitors.
“Both visitors and exhibitors alike revelled in this new and vibrant show,” he said. “It is very likely that next year’s show on the same weekend will utilise two halls rather than just the one which we used on this occasion.
“The response we have had has been fantastic with comments ranging from this being labelled the nation’s best fishing show to the most successful launch angling event ever.
“And in fact some visitors enjoyed themselves so much that they came back on the second day!
“There was a great deal of organisation involved but it makes it all worthwhile when all the planning means the event goes smoothly and the high attendance shows the demand for a show like this in the Midlands.
“The fact it was free entry certainly helped and so did the free parking and we are already looking forward to returning to the Ricoh next year.”
Joe Lowe, sales and marketing manager at Maver (UK) Ltd, said: “It was a superb first show in a fantastic venue. Attendance was good and it will only grow. The organisers deserve a lot of credit and we shall definitely exhibit again next year.”
Chris Owen, event manager at the Ricoh Arena, said there was no doubt the angling show had been a massive success.
“The queue went from the middle set of doors at the Jaguar Exhibition Hall and round to the Tesco stand – there were people as far as you could see,” he said.
“The country’s biggest manufacturers and retailers were in attendance and people had the chance to get some tips as well as take advantage of some great deals.
“Original estimates were to expect around 5,000 so to reach the 8,500 mark was fantastic and I think our location in the heart of the country was a contributing factor since we are near J3 of the M6.
“We were as pleased as the organisers that it attracted such large numbers of visitors of all ages and I am sure next year’s will be bigger and even better!”