I’ve been really busy with the day job this week, reviewing and editing some rather long and complex bid response documents. It hasn’t left much brain power for blogging. However, given that it’s Thursday already and I want to tell you about an event that’s taking place this weekend, I thought I’d better recharge the little grey cells and get on with it.
The Rock n Gem Show is the biggest and best of its kind that I’ve come across. It takes place at various locations (usually racecourses) around the country but the one I’ve visited on a regular basis is at Kempton Park Racecourse in Surrey. The details for the Autumn event at Kempton are:
Saturday 27th October (10am to 5pm) and Sunday 28th October (10am to 4pm)
Entry: Adults £5; Children (8-16 years) £1.00, under 8’s free (tickets on the door)
Address: Staines Road East (A308) Sunbury on Thames, West London, TW16 5AQ. Only 5 miles from the M25 and 400m from Junction 1 of the M3. Trains from Waterloo now stop at Kempton Park Station. Free parking.
What can you expect? An absolute Aladdin’s cave of gem stones (precious and semi-precious), jewellery, jewellery-making tools and components, fossils (fossilised dinosaur poo, anyone?), minerals, crystals and much, much more.
Who’ll be there? Around 60 traders, including several importers, all with something slightly different to tempt you with. One of my favourites is Ilona Biggins who stocks wonderful semi-precious gem stones.
How to get the best from your visit: Arrive early as it gets very busy and rather warm and you need a bit of stamina for this event! It’s always handy to have some cash on you as not all traders accept card payments. Take a good look around and try not to buy from the first stall you come to, tempting though it might be, as there is a great deal of choice and, if you’re anything like me, you could very quickly go way beyond your budget. Finally, take advantage of the upstairs restaurant – you can get a decent light lunch there and you’ll probably need to recover after spending all your money.
Sadly for me, I can’t make it to Kempton this year and I’m not sure I’ll be able to get to the next Show in November at Cheltenham Race course, either. Still, I’ve spent my own weight in pound coins at Rocks n Gems over the years so it’s probably not a bad thing that the Magpie is grounded.