New venue for Fishkeeping Festival


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Due to an increase in demand, the forthcoming Supreme Festival of Fishkeeping is now being held at a larger venue.

The event annual event, which is organised by the Federation of British Aquatic Societies (FBAS) was due to be held at Bracklesham Bay.

However, increased demand for residential accommodation, trade and exhibitor space meant that the organisers have had to move to a bigger venue.

Joe Nethersell, the Festival's Organiser, explained:

"With the new attractions we had built into this year's Festival, such as the International Discus Show and an increased emphasis on marine fish, we simply had run out of room at Bracklesham Bay. We were beginning to become victims of our own success, as more people wanted to come and join in what has to be the largest aquatic event of its kind in the UK."

The new venue will be at the Mill Rythe Holiday Village on nearby Hayling Island, not far from the previous Festival venue.

Says Joe: "We've been to see the new venue and we believe it is more than capable of delivering the facilities we need for the Festival.

"Because the Village is far larger, we can retain much of its existing attractions for the whole family, in addition to all the fishkeeping ones we know our visitors will want to see."

Letters have already gone out to previous residents and Trade exhibitors advising of the move, and people on the "standby list" can now be confident of getting space they require.

"All the favourites will be back, including the several Koi Sections, and we feel that this year we will not be in the regrettable position of having to refuse applications due to limited space," Joe added.

"However, we do need people to get in touch with us as soon as possible to tell us what space they need, so we can plan the layouts accordingly.

"We appreciate it is fairly late on the year to suddenly change venues but we do want to make the very best of the facilities offered to us at Mill Rythe."

The Festival, which takes place from 14th-16th October, will include many competitive aquatic Shows including the British Open, the Catfish Show, the Goldfish Show, the Laguna Koi Festival, the Hagen Masters Open Show and the FBAS Supreme Championship. In addition, there will be presentations by eminent guest speakers and plenty to see on both trade and specialist societies' displays.

For full details of the Festival of Fishkeeping, please contact Grace Nethersell for Residential Bookings, or Joe Nethersell for Trade Exhibition space, on 020 8847 3586.