Frequent Q & A’s
EWS 2017 is the 7th staging of the show and it has grown every year. Due to the shows previous popularity and to maintain “freshness” the show is now held every 2 years.
The organisers strive to create a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere where visitors can relax and end enjoy the various demonstrations in the historic setting of Cressing Temple Barns and gardens.
The ticket office for the show will be selling early bird discounted tickets so don’t delay and take advantage of saving a few pounds, EWS will keep you updated nearer the time.
On the door
Many of our visitors may prefer to turn up and pay on the door (£15 entry for adults, £13.50 concessions, free for accompanied U18’s) but it is cheaper by pre-booking and you will have less of a queue at the entrance (2 separate entrances this year).
How big is the show?
There will be about 80-100 exhibitors/trade stands/demonstrators and they are dotted around the large site. The historic barns are crammed with interesting demonstrators and some trade stands plus book and timber stalls. A huge marquee is centrally positioned and there are open cart sheds plus open field demonstrations. It is a busy show with lots to see and you will find interest in every part of the site. In general visitors stay for between 3 and 5 hours with many turning it into a 2 day visit.
Alas Cressing is not well served by public transport.
Witham train station (trains from London Liverpool Street) is the closest rail station with a 10 minute taxi ride to the barns.
Where to stay
If you are staying in the area for the weekend, the local Visitor Information Centre can help with information on where to stay. There are details of places to stay on Visit Essex www.visitessex.com/
Visitor Information Centre, Town Hall, 61 Newland Street, Witham CM8 2FE
Monday to Thursday 09.00 – 16.30
Friday 09.30 – 16.00
Hours of the show
Doors open at 10am both days closing at 5pm Saturday and 4pm Sunday.
Free and adjacent to the show site. There are parking marshalls on duty. Please park as tight as possible as we are expecting a bumper crowd.
There is parking access for disabled, please mention to the parking marshalls when you arrive.
Will I have room to breathe?
Indeed you will! We design the show so there is lots of circulation space so you enjoy your visit rather than wanting to get the hell out of the place. There is even a lovely large walled garden to enjoy.
We have a limited amount of seating at Cressing Temple but if the weather is warm and dry then the lawns and walled garden are suitable places to rest up. A lightweight folding chair might be a good idea.
Are there show discounts?
Yes and these are normally offered by individual trade and stall holders.
Is there food & drink?
Oh yes and not the standard show fare of floppy burgers in dry bread rolls – there will be a choice of pizzas, sausages, pulled pork rolls, curries, beef brisket, traditional breakfast, rolls & baps, salads and jacket, plenty to choose from! And it is all delivered by small independent food retailers plus teas/coffees/hot choccies to keep you warm on a breezy day.
On site there is a Tiptree Tearoom serving breakfast, lunch, supper and snacks. Our top tip is to avoid any queues by getting hungrier earlier. St. Peters Brewery will also be in attendance with their superb range of beers, keeping us hydrated throughout the day!
Please Remember it is a no dog show (with exceptions for assistance doggies) unfortunately this is a venue rule, not ours, so please don’t shoot the messenger.
Unfortunately there are no cash machines on site. Most purchases at the trade stalls can be made by credit or debit card or if you prefer cash please bring plenty of it.
Will my children get bored?
They shouldn’t. The (free) storyteller is very good at keeping children and adults of all ages entertained. There are dozens of demonstrations. The pyrographer is brilliant and you can have a go. There is plenty of space to run around or relax.
We look forward to welcoming you to the 7th European Woodworking Show in September 2017!