Birdwatching Northumberland at the Bird Fair

by on Aug.26, 2011, under Birdwatching, Northumberland

Once again the Birdwatching Northumberland stand at the Bird Fair proved very popular; particularly each afternoon, when visitors were able to sample Lindifarne Mead, Alnwick Rum and a selection of Allendale Beers.  We collected most of the alcohol from Northumbrian Gifts just before heading south, and arrived at Rutland Water in time to assist with getting the stand ready.

Birdwatching Northumberland, British Birdwatching Fair 2011

Hanging the backdrop

 
Birdwatching Northumberland, British Birdwatching Fair 2011

Almost there

 

Birdwatching Northumberland, British Birdwatching Fair 2011

Sarah and Janet, flying the flag for Northumberland

 
Birdwatching Northumberland, British Birdwatching Fair 2011

How to transform a display table...

 
Birdwatching Northumberland, British Birdwatching Fair 2011

...into a 'mini' bar

 
Birdwatching Northumberland, British Birdwatching Fair 2011

They're only here for the beer 😉

 
 
It was really good to meet up with so many of our existing clients during the 3 days, and we made lots of new clients as well 🙂  Martin’s 2 talks were both very well attended; 118+ (the clicker counter wasn’t working properly!) for ‘Northumberland’s Winter Wonderland’ on Saturday, and 142 for ‘Northumberland through the Seasons’ on Sunday.  With holiday bookings, pelagic bookings and several prestige tours booked since the weekend this was our most productive Bird Fair since we became part of the Birdwatching Northumberland consortium in 2008.  Almost as enjoyable as meeting visitors who are interested in Northumberland, is working as part of a well-established team.  With most us stopping at the White Lion in Whissendine, a remarkable combination of English Country pub and Indian Restaurant (one of the consortium members has a bit of an obsession with Eggs, Peas and Potato…), the evenings were filled with excellent food, good ale and some very enthusiastic discussions.  Looking forward to 2012 🙂  Finally a big thank you to Iain for his organisation, banter…and wielding of the sweeping brush 🙂
 
Birdwatching Northumberland, British Birdwatching Fair 2011
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