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    Ok...I've never been to Reading, but we've been asked to organise a craft fair in this shopping centre (The Oracle) at the last minute.

    It's to last a few days in November or December and they are looking for approximately 15 tables.
    I still need to finalise details, but wanted to know more about the venue before I committed myself.

    Does anyone know it? What kind of shops are there?

    Is it perhaps too late to get crafters?

    Also, for three days plus late night shopping evening we're looking at £150, or £50 per day on the normal days, £70 for all day on the Thursday late night shopping day.

    Jules
    Last edited by Apple Tree Crafts; 06-11-2007, 04:20 PM.
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    It looks like a popular shopping mall!

    http://www.theoracle.com/website/

    I don't think its too late to get crafters. I only signed up for one last week for December
    Last edited by Debeadz; 06-11-2007, 01:21 PM.
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    • #3
      Sorry I have no idea Jules but I read that more like the oracle reading - thought mmmhh that might be interesting what did the oracle have to say!!


      Hehe.

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      • #4
        I think it gets very busy there so should do very well



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        • #5
          Wow....

          I've googled this mall and it looks great. I seriously want to do this but I've got concerns....all input from everyone out there would be great.

          The dates cover three days plus late night opening on one night. Will crafters be available during the week? Most on our books still have the day job....

          Hopefully I'll get up to reading next Mon or Tues and do a site recce and put my concerns to the events co-ordinator.....


          ......Watch this space!

          Jules
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          • #6
            I live right near Reading and went to the Oracle a couple of weeks back.
            Yes it is very nice, Cant say i ca recall what its like around Christmas other than jam packed.

            I think Thursday is late night shopping.
            https://folksy.com/shops/GrimmExhibition


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            • #7
              Forgot to say what shops are there.
              Gap, Topshop, Dorothy perkins Boots, H&M,New Look and more on top floor.
              Bottom floor HMV, House of Fraser(top and bottom)and another big shop at opposite end, Morgan, loadsa shoe shops etc
              https://folksy.com/shops/GrimmExhibition


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              • #8
                Horrible Thought.....

                ....This does NOT want to be outside the shopping centre. No. Absolutely not. Three days and and evening in the freezing cold and dark. Call me negative, but there are limits to my endurance.

                Otherwise, posh shops and the indoor warmth, jam packed with peoples prepared to spend sounds good to me.....

                Jules
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                • #9
                  Ive never seen stalls outside, only inside, usually the H&M end.
                  https://folksy.com/shops/GrimmExhibition


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                  • #10
                    I live near the Oracle and have been there a few times.

                    It is absolutely heaving at christmas and at weekends, it took me nearly an hour to get to my house to the shops once (I live 15minutes away!!), it is quite a new mall only been open about 8years and has all the big high street stores and two huge department stores (House of Fraser & Debenhams).

                    But overall it is a good mall, very up to date and from what I could see they are well covered with security etc

                    You are bound to get a great response if you have a fair there!

                    Hope this helps, pm me if you have any more questions

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Seahorse View Post
                      Ive never seen stalls outside, only inside, usually the H&M end.
                      Yes your right Seahorse, I have never seen stalls outside either. They have a special section in the middle of the mall where they have stalls etc
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                      • #12
                        Why have they left it to the last minute tho?
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                        • #13
                          Ooohhhhhh Noooooo!!!!

                          Guess what?

                          Yup...it's outside. On the Riverside area. I think this is the area, but not 100% sure.....I know it's going to be cold, but it still looks good.



                          It was left so late because they were going to have an ice-rink, but for some reason they aren't now.
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                          • #14
                            Yeah that is the riverside area. Despite being outside in the cold, it would actually be a good spot, because the car park entrance is just by it and people have to walk over the bridge to get to the oracle so you would get a lot of people seeing you.

                            Plus all along the riverside is bars and resturants so it is always buzzing.
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                            • #15
                              That Does Sound Good...

                              Originally posted by Hopej View Post
                              Yeah that is the riverside area. Despite being outside in the cold, it would actually be a good spot, because the car park entrance is just by it and people have to walk over the bridge to get to the oracle so you would get a lot of people seeing you.

                              Plus all along the riverside is bars and resturants so it is always buzzing.

                              Bars...and we've been promised mulled wine too...This sounds better by the minute.

                              We've fixed up a meeting on Nov 20th so I'll know the details then and will post them on here soonest.

                              Jules
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