Plans announced for next year

A new groundscare trade event that promises outdoor demonstrations, indoor zones, free education, interactive workstations, machinery workshops, a wellbeing hub and a live music festival amongst other attractions, has been announced for next year.

Called GroundsFest, organisers say it will be held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on 20 and 21 September 2023. 

The event is being put together by the team behind creative agency Fusion Media, who used to work on SALTEX, under their new arm, Purple Ash.

They say the event has been created based on research and independent surveys over the past six years. They say the results show that September is the most favoured time of year for an event such as this and that a mix of both indoor space and outdoor demonstrations is the preferred format.

They also claim that from an exhibitor point of view, GroundsFest is cost-effective in comparison to other events which they believe opens the doors for a  wider range of companies.

Promised for the show are:

  • Outdoor demonstrations
  • Indoor zones
  • Live interactive stations 
  • Machinery workshops.
  • Educational seminars 
  • Wellbeing hub
  • Festival (including live music, street food, and fun, skill-based activities)

TurfPro editor Laurence Gale who was invited to attend the show's launch last Friday, said, "With this new event's announcement, it will certainly be interesting to see the reactions of both BIGGA, and the GMA who currently run our existing industry shows."

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