Further growth for Harrogate

Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2017 exceeded all expectations once again with an increase in visitor numbers for the sixth year running. The show, which also had an rise in exhibitors having to open two new halls to cater for demand this year; welcomed almost 5,000 buyers through its doors – five per cent more than in 2016.

Simon Anslow, show organiser, said: “We are delighted that Harrogate Christmas & Gift continues to gain momentum. Since 2010 the show has been attracting a diverse array of new exhibitors with home and gift ranges as well as products to cater or diary events the entire year round.
Consequently, we have seen an average of five to eight per cent growth in visitor numbers year on year and once again we welcomed new buyers visiting for the first time. Feedback from both exhibitors and visitors has been extremely positive and we can honestly say that the show is now firmly on the map for UK retailers and buyers in festive, gift and visitor attraction sectors.”

Exhibitor Emma Wakeling of Floralsilk said: “We had a great show this year. We were rushed off our feet from Sunday through to Tuesday and good footfall continued on Wednesday.” Alan Pimm of Sifcon also reported a successful show stating: “We had orders and enquiries from lots of new customers and will definitely be returning next year.”

With two new halls opening for 2017, Hall Q and the Kings Suite, some companies took the opportunity to move to a new location and the Playwrite Group moved from its regular position in Hall C to Hall Q. Bill Cornelius of the company comments: “What a great show. We moved our stand position this year as we needed more space to show our Christmas range and we couldn’t be happier. We saw lots of new customers and many old friends, doubling our order take on 2016. This show is always the most fun show of the year and Harrogate never disappoints. The organisers did a great job and nothing seems too much trouble.”

Visitors also enjoyed a successful event with Jill Pattison of Sam Turner and Sons Ltd commenting: “We attended for two days and found it very worthwhile. It’s an excellent show in a great location with a wide range of products on offer and we placed orders on the day and picked up catalogues for consideration later. Harrogate is very important for us and vital for our Christmas buying. We will definitely be attending next year and hopefully for many years to come.”

Lindsey Brown of Thorntons attended Christmas & Gift for the first time and said: “I thought it was a great show and the diversity and quality of exhibitors fantastic. I’ll definitely be visiting again.”

The dates for Harrogate Christmas & Gift next year are 14th to 17th January 2018 and priority booking for 2017 exhibitors is from 1st to 31st March 2017. New companies wishing to participate in the show will be able to reserve space from 1st April 2017. Full information is available on the website at www.harrogatefair.com

Celebrations all round

Numerous garden centre buyers attending Harrogate Christmas & Gift were celebrating yesterday following the announcement of the winners of the Greatest Christmas Awards on Sunday night. Organised by Garden Trade News, the event
took place at the Majestic Hotel and entertainment was enjoyed by all. Premier Decorations, which is exhibiting in Hall H, was once again voted the Greatest Supplier of 2016, closely followed by Kaemingk (Stand M2) and Noma (Stand A9 and A22).

Again there was lots to see at the show yesterday with some fabulous new products attracting attention. Bonnington’s Kingfisher Festive range on Stand B4 includes incredibly cute gingerbread characters including Santa’s sacks, cushions and large and small plush characters.

Those catering for animal lovers should head for the Country Matters Stand B36 with a fabulous range of products from dinner sets, coasters and trays; cushions and blankets; and even umbrellas all printed with favourite dog breeds and animals from the countryside. In addition, those seeking highly collectable gift ranges mustn’t miss Vivid Art’s Stand QS1 with replicas of almost every animal on the planet, plus its best selling Miniature World with enchanting fairies and elves, mushroom houses and even dragons.

Culinary Concepts on Stand KS2 is new to the show this year and has an absolutely gorgeous collection of products from stunning silver and glass candle holders to hanging decorations and wine coolers. Whilst visiting the Kings Suite, also check out the Great British Card Company with some fabulous new greeting cards designs for 2017.

If you are visiting the show today, the doors are open from 9am to 6pm and don’t forget to pop into Hall Q for a free cup of tea or coffee from the tuk tuk cart.

Visit the website at www.harrogatefair.com

New exhibitors and an action packed show

Visitors to Harrogate Christmas & Gift yesterday have been delighted by the quality and quantity of exhibitors the show has to offer this year. With over
100 companies participating and two new halls – Hall Q and the Kings Suite – there are some great new, never seen before ranges.

Hall Q has been a popular destination with lots of new companies well worth visiting including Calico Cottage (Q21) with a delicious range of fudge, chocolates and sweets – and best of all they are offering tasters! These delicacies look beautiful, make great gifts and impulse purchases; and can also be personalised.

Anyone who has holidayed in Turkey will no doubt have seen beautiful authentic Turkish glass lamps and Crystal World is now importing these to the UK. Available in a range of colours and sizes, these are well worth a look on Stand Q35.

Boxer Gifts’ Stand C21 has received plenty of attention with a range of quirky gifts including hilarious book ranges. This includes ‘Haynes’ manuals of Marriage, Babies and Pensioners; plus Enid Blyton titles such as ‘Five go on a strategy away day’.

Anyone looking for exciting Halloween products should head for Boland’s Stand C24 which is packed with ghoulish and quirky party items; also Premier Decorations in Hall H which is not only crammed with everything for Christmas but has a huge – and extremely creepy – Halloween collection

The show opens again today from 9am to 6pm – and don’t forget to join the organising team in the Royal Hall (at the entrance of Hall A) straight after the show for free drinks and canapés. Full information and registration is on the website at www.harrogatefair.com

Its Christmas………

Festive celebrations aren’t over for visitors to Harrogate Christmas & Gift this coming Sunday 8th to Wednesday 11th January, as whilst the show offers amazing new purchase opportunities – there is a chance to let your hair down and have some fun too. On Sunday evening, Garden Trade News is hosting its Greatest Christmas Awards at the Majestic Hotel. Tickets are £84 + VAT and include a three course meal and a fabulous night of entertainment. Email harry.sinclair@tgcmc.co.uk for more information. In addition, the Harrogate Christmas & Gift team cordially invites everyone attending (exhibitors and visitors) to join them for free drinks and nibbles straight after the show from 6pm to 8pm on Monday 9th January in the Royal Hall of the Harrogate International Centre – we hope to see you there!

A host of exciting new products

harrogate christmas 7 gift 2017Harrogate Christmas & Gift welcomes a host of brand new exhibitors to the show this year and promises retailers and buyers a larger and more diverse range of products than ever before.

Exhibiting for the first time includes Culinary Concepts with an extensive range of gifts for the home including dining accessories and candles; The Libra Company with interior design accessories and giftware; and The Original Metal Sign Company with quirky printed products such as mugs, wall art and coasters. Joe Davies is also attending for the first time with over 1000 on trend gift and home décor items from its full Christmas range.

Don’t forget to pre-register for the show at www.harrogatefair.com – it’s free to attend!

bolland-harrogateFestive dressing 

Whilst Boland’s focus at Harrogate Christmas and Gift will be Halloween, it will also be showing a range of Christmas Party products, as the company has been selling Christmas products for over 45 years. Don’t miss the company’s brand new Christmas design T-shirt , which is part of Boland’s very successful faux real T-shirts, of which there are many different designs in both Christmas and Halloween.

Visit Boland on Stand C24 

Shining lights 

Crystal World is an exciting new exhibitor for Christmas & Gift this year with a beautiful range of mosaic lamps which are all hand-made, ideal for use in the home and garden and making perfect gifts. The company has been trading since 1992 and offers some of the best quality products on the market including glass, crystals, giftware, jewellery and much, much more.

Visit Crystal World on Stand Q35 

Ethically created crafts 

Felt So Good’s has been busy designing and creating bundles of unique creative products and is thrilled to be launching its new collections at Harrogate.

These ‘fairly traded’ and fabulous felt creations are designed in the UK by Adele Zara Collinson and includes stylish new products for the home as well as completely new character based Christmas collection for 2017. All of Felt So Good’s products are ethically produced by community-based skilled artisans using traditional techniques. By utilising these crafts, the company can ensure that each item has been lovingly created, without the unnecessary environmental damage of mass production.

Visit Felt So Good on Stand C05

Lighting the night

harrogate christmas 7 gift 2017With long nights drawing in, yet mild weather remaining, it’s hardly surprising that families across the UK are enjoying their gardens long into the autumn and consequently the demand for decorative outdoor lighting has never been greater.

Visitors to Harrogate Christmas & Gift are guaranteed to find every type of both indoor and outdoor lighting imaginable to illuminate customers’ homes and gardens – not just for Christmas – but the entire year round. There are numerous exhibitors bringing the latest technology in wifi lighting, solar festive-accessories-harrogate-2017lighting, mains and battery operated lighting and traditional lanterns and candles too. These include: Bonnington Plastics (Stand B04), Flame Homeware (Stand A40), Floralsilk (Stand B1,5), Joe Davies (Stand C19), Koopman International (Stand B11, 21), Luxa Flame Lighting (Stand A03), Premier Decorations (Hall H), The Milford Collection (Stand A02), Triflora Decorations (Stand M24) and Xysto Flame and Fragrance (Stand C27).

A full list of exhibitors and a product search is available on the website at www.harrogatefair.com

Festive accessories 

An exciting new exhibitor at Harrogate Christmas & Gift is North Wales-based company Stands Out which supplies pocket money children’s gifts – all designed by its own innovative team –to attractions and gift shops all over Europe. The company will be displaying its brand new range of JingleBell Jewellery, which includes individually designed Christmas character pop-watches with matching jewellery and hair accessories. All of its products are presented in bespoke wooden display stands.

Visit Stands Out on Stand KS10. 

Countdown is on 

Two fabulous new products from Ackerman International include The Good Elf and Birthday Buddy. Both products are designed to help children count

down to the big day – whether that is Christmas or their birthday. These incredibly cute characters come with fun interactive activities where adults can reward children with stickers for good behaviour ensuring that they get a special treat on the special day.

Visit Ackerman International on stand Q07. 

Glamour and Glitz 

Christmas is the perfect excuse to let go of inhibitions and decorate homes and Widdop and Co is doing all it can to help make that happen.

The company has created nine carefully curated Christmas themes with glitz and glamour summed up in its Black and Gold collection boasting an ultra luxurious look that is both modern and merry. Bring the outdoors indoors with its Woodland collection and think Narnia and snow-covered forests and be inspired by the wintry outdoors to create a cosy woodland themed interior.

Visit Widdop and Co to see these and much more on Stand B13. 

Additional halls opened to accommodate new exhibitors

harrogate christmas 7 gift 2017Harrogate Christmas & Gift welcomes a host of new exhibitors for the 2017 show and having completely sold out its original hall allocation of A,B,C,D,H &M ` at the Harrogate International Centre in Harrogate, has now opened a further two exhibition halls KINGS SUITE AND HALL Q.

Visitor footfall has seen significant year‐on‐year growth since 2010 and the show now professes to be an annual favourite with garden centre buyers in particular. Whilst catering very much for the festive market, products on display are wide and diverse covering everything from indoor and outdoor furniture and décor to garden ware and gifts for all occasions.

Simon Anslow, show organiser, explains: “Harrogate Christmas & Gift has always been the number one UK show for Christmas buyers and attracts visitors from a number of sectors including department stores, independent retailers, visitor attractions and even historical shops such as cathedrals and stately homes. However, with a large number of garden centre buyers attending – and as garden centres are now very much a family destination – exhibitors are seeing growing demand for all sorts of products from toys and books, ornaments and gifts to even food and drink ranges.”

New exhibitors for 2017 include Boland, with hats, wigs, party decorations and accessories; Joe Davies hardware and fancy goods distributor; Libra with interior design accessories, home and giftware, lighting, furniture and wall décor; Culinary Concepts with furniture, gifts and everything for a perfectly dressed dinner table; and Crystal World – manufacturers and importers of glass, crystal and giftware. Herman De Greef with garden products; and NKUKU with homeware and gifts.

With space now available in the King’s Suite and Hall Q Harrogate Christmas & Gift can now accommodate more new exhibitors. Full information is available on the website, or contact Simon Anslow on 01902 882280 or email: simon@harrogatefair.com

Further growth for Harrogate Christmas & Gift

harrogate christmas & gift 2016The doors of Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2016 closed on Wednesday 13th January 2016 with another hugely successful show for all involved. Visitor numbers were up by eight percent this year with exhibitors and visitors reporting brisk business.

Chris Krall, managing director IEP Wholesale imports comments: “We have had our best show ever and have made contact with buyers who we have tried to get in touch with for many years. We’ve been exhibiting at Harrogate since 2008 with our floral and home and gift ware but this year launched a new Christmas collection and the response has been overwhelming. I can’t think of a better show to have launched this range – no other show attracts the quantity of quality buyers like Harrogate and we will definitely be returning next year.”

harrogate 2016 2Simon Anslow, show organiser, adds: “Christmas & Gift has once again exceeded all expectations with visitor numbers up for the fifth year running and the potential for further growth highly likely. This is great news for the industry as a whole, indicating that the festive product and gift sector is more buoyant than ever. During the show we had numerous enquiries from new companies wanting to participate next year and potentially we may even have to expand into further halls in 2017.”

harrogate 2016 1Next year’s show is from 8th to 11th January 2017 and exhibitor bookings will open in early March 2016. For more information visit www.harrogatefair.com

Gardman’s One Stop Christmas Shop …

gardmanIt was Gardman’s second appearance at Harrogate Christmas & Gift this week, and they had more than tripled the size of both their stand and product offering; underpinning the company’s growing reputation as a key player in the festive market.

Gardman’s 2016 Christmas Emporium is a truly one-stop for your Christmas shop, with highlights on their stand including a brand new collection of 50 ultra-realistic artificial Christmas trees and over 200 decorative lines;
Gardman-Christmas-2.fw_-224x300• Pre-lit LED decorations in a choice of four festive themes; Rustic Rattan, Sparkling Silver, Berry Red and Novelty
• Indoor and outdoor lighting
• Flameless LED candles and candle lanterns
• Festive wreaths
• Christmas themed doormats and doorstop
• Pre-lit LED wall art and canvases
• Topiary and artificial plants
• Artificial trees, garlands and tree stands.

The range was enthusiastically welcomed by visitors to their stand, with many looking to recreate their very own show-stopping festive emporium in –store for Christmas 2016.

“Buyers loved our new tree selection and also our range of decorative products, packaging and point of sale material,” said Gardman category management director Tim Goff. “if the trade’s reaction at Harrogate leads is anything to go by, then we will see a significant increase our market share this year!”

On show again … Gardman will be showcasing their Christmas collection along with their stylish Garden & Home Co. décor and gifting ranges at International Spring Fair at the NEC Birmingham – 7-11 February 2016, stand 2G50-H51.

Gardman’s Christmas Emporium Unwrapped

gardmanGardman’s festive emporium is sure to keep retailers’ tills jingling for all of Christmas 2016.

Making a headline debut in the company’s 2016 Christmas catalogue is a brand new range of realistic artificial Christmas trees.

This impressive new collection, comprising of 50 high quality trees, has been sourced from one single factory, thus enabling Gardman to offer retailers the option to create a mixed container in any combination they wish.

Packaged in eye-catching full colour boxes, the range includes a vast variety of shapes and sizes; from mini 45cm (18in) trees, right through to a selection of magnificent 249cm (8ft) trees; that come in either natural, frosted, tipped with pine cones or pre-lit with LEDs.


Boasting more than 250 lines, Gardman’s Christmas Emporium is a truly one-stop for your Christmas shop;


  • Pre-lit LED decorations in a choice of four festive themes; Rustic Rattan, Sparkling Silver, Berry Red and Novelty
  • Indoor and outdoor lighting
  • Flameless LED candles and candle lanterns
  • Festive wreaths
  • Christmas themed doormats and doorstop
  • Pre-lit LED wall art and canvases
  • Topiary and artificial plants
  • Artificial trees, garlands and tree stands.


Category management director Tim Goff says sales figures show that Gardman’s evolving Christmas portfolio is helping to grow the category year-on-year. “As a result, we shall have an expanded presence at Harrogate, where buyers can see for themselves just how committed we are to helping garden centres to create the perfect Christmas offering.”

And, stand-out in-store displays are easy to create thanks to the company’s Christmas-themed packaging and POS material, which includes their premium home décor brands; Garden & Home Co and Cole & Bright.

You can see Gardman’s entire Christmas offering at Harrogate Christmas and Gift (10-13 Jan 2016, stand QS20) and International Spring Fair at the NEC Birmingham (7-11 February 2016, stand 2G50-H51).