Banbury Canal Day
6th October 2013
Following the success of last years Banbury Canal Day we returned to Castle Quays to participate in this years event.
Considering this is effectively the last outdoor canal event of the season we have been incredibly fortunate with the weather. In the middle of a period of unsettled weather the sun decided to shine, the wind dropped away and just for one day summer has a reprise. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and the crowds responded by flocking into the town dressed in tee shirts and shorts basking in temperatures of over 20C. What a way to bring the season to a close.
Of course, we couldn't make it on the boat so we drove down used one of the market stalls which offer a huge sales area and allowed us to display a wide range of jams, jellies, chutneys, vinegars, cordials and gift boxes.
Its was lovely to have so many people seek us out having bought Wild Side products last year and wanting more, especially Rose Petal Jelly which sold out within a few hours. The mix of products, repeat custom and the sheer weight of attendees meant we had a record day and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
One new innovation for the event was a handheld card payment device from Paypal which tethers via i-phone and increases out ability to undertake larger transactions. It was fantastic - quick and easy to use and because it is Paypal on it customers are happy to use it. They particularly likes the e-mail or text receipt function which turns the vice of not having a printed receipt into a virtue!
Thank you people of Banbury - a great event and lest hope that the sun shines yet again for the 2014 event.
Now we have a break as we gear up for a certain daughter's wedding after which we start into the pre Christmas craft fairs.