This year’s annual Swap Shop organised by Visit Lichfield and Enjoy Tamworth was held at the Tower Suite, Drayton Manor Theme Park, on Friday 18 March. It was a great success with over 50 exhibitors taking stands and promoting their businesses, exchanging leaflets and networking with other local attractions and businesses.
The event was formally opened by Sarah Glennie from Drayton Manor, Councillor Norma Bacon, Chairman of Lichfield District Council and Councillor Maureen Gant, Mayor of Tamworth and was introduced by Lichfield’s town crier Ken Knowles.
The exhibitors included: Ashby Tourist Information, Bibbledy Bob – DJ & Children’s Entertainer, Broomey Croft Children’s Farm, Central SUP, Chasewater Railway, CIN Tamworth, Donative Holiday Cottages, Drayton Court Hotel, Drayton Manor Hotel, Elford Hall Garden Project, Enjoy Staffordshire, Erasmus Darwin House, Field Sport UK, Friends of Letocetum, FYI Families Ltd, Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust, Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield Festival, Lichfield Green Badge Guides, Lichfield Mysteries Community Arts, Mercia Marina, Midland Wind and Water Mills Group, Museum of Cannock Chase – Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles, National Forest, National Forest Adventure Farm, Northern Warwickshire Tourism, NPF Bassetts Pole Paintball & Outdoor Activities, “Out There”, Rudyard Lake Steam Railway, Shakespeare in the Park, Sky Trail Adventure at Planters Garden Centre, SnowDome Ltd, St Mary’s in the Market Square, Staffordshire Libraries, Sustrans – INTO Tamworth, Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre, Tamworth Arts & Events, Tamworth TIC & Destination Tamworth, Civic Hall Bedworth, Claymills Pumping Engines Trust, National Brewery Centre, The Olive Tree, The Peapod Family with Lullabellas Cakes, Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, Tamworth and District Civic Society, Tamworth Guild of Town Guides, Touch FM and Warwickshire County Council Country Parks.
A productive morning was spent, and some were lucky enough to win tickets, overnight stays, and much more from a selection of prizes donated by attendees from the Civic Hall Bedworth, Lichfield Garrick Theatre, Tempest Ford, Visit Lichfield & Lichfield District Tourism Association and the Holiday Inn Express Lichfield.
Delegates enjoyed a tasty buffet lunch prior to attending an informative presentation from Graeme Whitehead of Enjoy Staffordshire followed by a digital marketing workshop run by Emily Whitehead.
Feedback from the event has been very positive and we look forward to coordinating a similar event for 2017