Leading South West events company Hale Events Ltd have just pulled off a major coup by acquiring one of the UK’s biggest festive shopping shows to add to its busy exhibition calendar. The incredibly popular Christmas Shopping Fayre, held annually at Exeter’s Westpoint, regularly attracts tens of thousands of festive shoppers. Little wonder too with the show featuring over 250 very diverse stallholders offering their Christmas lines each year, low admission prices, a free Santa’s Grotto and free parking. Exhibitors flock from all parts of the UK to be part of it. The Christmas Shopping Fayre was the brainchild of Barnstaple based event organiser Grahame Davidson and he has been running the show since 1996. Such is the appeal of the Fayre that most of the traders automatically re-book their stalls a whole year in advance and a good number of them have attended for 20+ years. It was an ‘out of the blue’ approach from South West based Hale Events earlier this year that set the wheels in motion. “If you ever think of retiring we’d love to have the opportunity to take on the running of your fabulous show” was the unexpected proposal from Hale’s Mike Sartain. After much consideration and discovering that the Hale Events team would be a perfect fit for maintaining the huge popularity of the Christmas Shopping Fayre, Grahame realised it all sounded right and a deal for the handover has been completed.