Beale Park Thames Boat Show details and exhibitor list

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We’ve just received a press release from the people who run the Beale Park Boat Show – it’s going to be bigger and better than ever, and there will even be an arena offering entertainment for visitors. And this year they’re planning to hand out the show brochure for free!

We’ve also received an Exhibitor list, which I’m sure will probably interest intheboatshed.net readers.

The release starts here:

Beale Park Thames Boat Show 2007
Friday, June 8 – Sunday, June 10
February 2007

Boats galore, FREE river trips, displays on the lake, demonstrations, classic cars, crafts, live music and family entertainment are top of the bill for the Beale Park Thames Boat Show 2007, as organisers team up with the Environment Agency for a weekend of waterborne activity – Friday, June 8 to Sunday, June 10, at Beale Park, in Lower Basildon.

Catering for the boating enthusiast, newcomers and families alike, the Show encourages people to take to the water, as well as offering visitors an informative and entertaining day out, set against the stunning backdrop of the River Thames in Berkshire.

Building on last year’s success, the 2007 event will feature a variety of displays on the Park’s 7 acre lake staged by various associations from the boating community, fishermen and other organisations such as the Newfoundland Dog Display Team. Also new for 2007 is a show arena where extra entertainment will be provided for visitors.

Show organisers are keen to attract new audiences and to offer exhibitors the opportunity to participate in the event as much as possible. Acting on exhibitor feedback from 2006, the events team has invited classic car enthusiasts to attend the Show for the first time and is making significant changes to the Show brochure – offering it FREE to all visitors on entry.

The events team is now calling upon exhibitors to get involved in displays or demonstrations, or by offering competition prizes for inclusion in the Show brochure – an ideal way to add value to the show and to promote their brand.

Organisers are also reporting a rise in the number of exhibitor bookings taken this year, when compared with the same period last year. Event Chairman, Richard Howard, believes this is due to companies taking advantage of the early bird booking discounts and to the development of the event.

“The Show really seems to have taken off.” said Richard. “Historically, exhibitors leave booking until April or May and in previous years we have only had a handful of bookings in January, but this year has seen a considerable change with more than 60 exhibitors already committed to the event.
“As a result we are suggesting that individuals who are keen to have a particular plot at the Show book sooner rather than later, as all stand spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis.”

Once again, the Show will encourage people to get afloat with free boat trips up the River Thames, plus the chance to mess about in canoes, rowing boats and sailing craft, thanks to the continued support of the TBTA and the EA.

Eileen McKeever, Thames Waterway Manager for EA, said: “The Boat Show is a great showcase for the River Thames and the south of England.

“We are keen to support any event which introduces boating to a new audience, and Beale Park provides the perfect opportunity to wander round meeting other boaters, talking to boat clubs and trying a boat before you take a holiday or buy. The beautiful setting of the River Thames gives the Show its unique feel and simply adds to the boating experience.”

In addition to getting people out on the water, this year’s free boat trips will help to raise funds for the Rivertime Boat Trust, a registered charity which is raising money to build a specialist cruiser, designed specially to cater for the needs of disabled and disadvantaged children and adults, on the Middle Thames between Windsor and Oxford.

Pat and Simon Davis, who are heading the fund raising initiative, will be at the Show to create awareness of this initiative, and to boost funds for the £120,000 project which aims to provide fun days out for children and adults on the Thames.

Tickets for the show will be available on-line at www.bealepark.co.uk or can be purchased directly from Beale Park prior to the event.

Ticket prices On the gate will be £7 adult and £2 for 2-15s. Under 2s are free. Family tickets are £15 (2 adults + 2 children). Advance tickets are £6 adult, £2 for 2-15s and £14 for a family ticket, available on 0118 976 7498. Tickets include half price entrance to Beale Park wildlife park during the Boat Show.

For information on display space email events@bealepark.co.uk or call 0118 976 7498.

For more information on the Show see www.bealepark.co.uk.

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