Frequently asked questions
ABOUT THE FAYRE
The aim of the Towcester Handmade Fayre is to promote small creative businesses who hand make their high quality products and are passionate about what they do. Lizzi is the organiser and has been a maker for many years.
HOW WE ADVERTISE
We advertise extensively through social media, local networking and posters. We want customers to hear about our talented crafters and get to know what inspires them as well as showcase their work. We encourage stallholders to promote the show on their own pages and in their own networks, also by flyer distribution to friends and families. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram ‘Towcester Handmade Fayre’.
The show is held at Towcester Town Hall, 86 Watling Street, Towcester, NN12 6BS usually on the first Saturday of each month. Opening hours are from 09:30 till 16:00. There is space for up to 25 stalls. Some might choose to use the show as a regular booking, so their customers can get to see them frequently and build a relationship. It is a bit like having a monthly shop. Our show is not just about selling but also networking with fellow artisans.
TYPES OF CRAFTS
Products for sale MUST be HANDMADE by the stallholder. Our aim is to maintain a good balance and wide variety of stalls. If there are already stalls selling the same type of product for a show, we may not accept any further bookings. It is also why we insist on no mixed stands. Please be clear on your application about the description of the type of products you want to sell. Towcester Handmade Fayre reserves the right to have the final decision.
5ft and 6ft tables are supplied, however, the number of 6ft tables is limited with 8 being available. You are very welcome to bring your own 6ft table if you prefer. It is possible for stallholders to book 2 tables and therefore occupy a 10ft or 12ft space. Two tables is the maximum per stallholder. Chairs are included with the price of the stall. Electricity is included but must be requested on your booking form.
Tables to be covered to the floor on the front and sides. All transportation containers and packaging must be out of sight or neatly stacked behind and under tables by 09:30am when the doors are opened to the public. This helps to maintain a smart professional image.
From February 2023 to September 2023 a 5ft stall will be £20, a 6ft stall will be £25
From October 2023 to December 2023 (peak season) a 5ft stall will be £25, a 6ft stall will be £30.
Stallholders who support the show on a regular basis (5 shows or more from February to September) will be able to enjoy the same low season stall rate during October to December when rates otherwise increase.
Stall space is only guaranteed once payment has been received.
Payment must be made in full at least one month prior to the date of the show you are attending. Bookings can be made for any or all of the shows in advance and paid by BACS (details in the Application Form), cash or cheque. Receipts will be given for all payments received.
Towcester Town Hall is centrally located, and all facilities located on the ground floor. Access is via the main entrance as well as a disabled access to the side of the hall. The space has a high ceiling and skylights flood the hall with natural light. Stallholders can park in front of the hall to unload and then move their cars to a free car park some 50 yards down the road or any of the side roads for taller vehicles over 1.9mtrs. Set up is from 8.15am to be ready for trading from 9:30am.
HEALTH & SAFETY
Public Liability Insurance is MANDATORY for all vendors (£1million minimum cover) and a copy of your in-date certificate will be requested on your application form and subsequently upon renewal.
It is YOUR responsibility to comply with any legislation relevant to your product, for example: food labelling, CE marking of toys, etc.
All Electrical equipment must have an in-date PAT test. Only lights, laptops and chargers are permitted. Electrical outlets are limited and subject to availability. Please state this in your application form if required. If you require something special for demonstrations, please contact Towcester Handmade Fayre at least one month in advance. Free WiFi is available at the venue to allow you to take card payments.
Smoking is prohibited both inside and immediately outside the venue.
Towcester Handmade Fayre does not accept liability or have any responsibility for an individual’s compliance.
Cancellations must be made in writing via post or email to the address given in the Application Form.
• Cancellation within 14 days before show: No refund
• Cancellation 15 days to 1 month before show: 50% refund
• Cancellation More than 1 month before show: Full refund.
If a show is cancelled, interrupted or curtailed due to circumstances beyond Towcester Handmade Fayre’s control e.g. flooding, fire etc. Towcester Handmade Fayre shall not be liable to make good any loss incurred by any party booked for the event.
In the unlikely event a show has to be cancelled through the choice of Towcester Handmade Fayre, we will give at least one months’ notice and full refunds to stallholders who had paid.
HOW TO APPLY
Please complete the expression of interest form on the 'Sell With Us' page. If there are places available, a link to the Booking Form and Terms & Conditions will be emailed to you. Please also use the contact form if you have any general queries or further questions.