If you follow us on Twitter you’d have seen our post last Friday (16th) saying ‘on our way to Birdfair 2013 excited!!’
It was my first visit to the three-day show in Rutland which was celebrating 25 years this year, although the event came highly recommended from my brother who attends every year, and I was not sure what to expect.
We arrived at about 10.30am, having driven through some torrential rain on route from Solihull. I thought we’d probably stay a few hours and be on our way by about 2.00pm.
How wrong I was!
The day passed so quickly as we toured the marquees, attended lectures and met a whole host of interesting people. Everyone we met – exhibitors, organisers, volunteers and visitors – was upbeat and enthusiastic and we could soon see why Birdfair is the world’s largest and most spectacular show for everyone into birds, nature and wildlife.
The highlight for us was definitely the Art marquee where we were blown away by the work of Robert Gillmor, Bruce Pearson, Carry Akroyd, John Paige, Darren Woodhead, Fran Knowles, Angela Hewitt, Nichola Theakston and more.
We were just starting our third tour round this marquee when we heard a voice on the tannoy announcing the end of the day. Now I know why people stay overnight and make a weekend of it. We’d really only scratched the surface of what Birdfair has to offer.
We’ve made some interesting contacts, had our minds opened to a world of nature holidays and experiences and learnt a lot more about wildlife in general.
We shall definitely return next year – oh and I’ve set my heart on a trip to the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Watch this space!!