Visitors to the biggest ever PATS show at the Telford International Centre on September 27-28 are being encouraged to mix business with pleasure during their trip to the UK’s No 1 pet trade exhibition.
PATS Telford opens on a Sunday and with so many attractions in and around the Shropshire town, it’s an ideal opportunity for retailers and buyers to get away for the weekend.
“The timing and location of PATS Telford is perfect for a combining a trip to the UK’s No 1 pet trade exhibition with a spot of relaxation and some sightseeing,” said organiser Annie Foord.
“By making a weekend of their trip, visitors can take in some of the wonderful sights of the town and surrounding area on the Saturday, stay overnight in one of the town’s many hotels and then visit the show on the Sunday.”
Southwater Event Group, owners of Telford International Centre have developed the complex into one of the country’s major exhibition locations.
Tom Gray, chief executive of Southwater Event Group, said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming PATS to The International Centre in September and we’re sure visitors will find the venue a welcome home for the show.
“With stately homes, museums and more close by, anyone looking to extend their visit and explore our destination will not be disappointed. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Ironbridge is only a short drive away and offers a whole host of museums charting the industrial revolution. Or for those looking for more active pursuits, the stunning Shropshire Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty, are a walkers’ paradise.
“The combination of a modern Telford town with all its leisure amenities and supporting infrastructure set amongst a heritage Shropshire county backdrop is a tourist delight to discover.”
There is a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets in and around the venue, and good road and rail networks make travelling to and from the event easy.
With England’s two largest international airports (outside of London) ideally situated for Telford – Birmingham with 110 daily arrivals and Manchester with almost 200 – PATS Telford is also seen as a great opportunity to attract more international visitors.
More than 180 companies have already confirmed they will be exhibiting on Sunday and Monday, September 27-28, with the show on the verge of becoming a ‘sell-out’.
Many UK suppliers have taken the opportunity to increase their stand space to showcase more products than ever before, and a growing number of international companies will be exhibiting at the event.
As well as seeing an unrivalled array of new pet products and speaking to top suppliers and manufacturers, visitors will also be able to witness demonstrations from the country’s leading dog groomers and listen to talks from prominent industry figures.
Parking is free at the Telford International Centre, and everyone will receive free tea and coffee, and a free show catalogue. Visitors will also be able to relax and chat further with exhibitors at a free drinks reception once the show closes on Day One.