I went there on Sunday afternoon and I did enjoy it but found we'd not really left enough time to get round the show.
Plus we used the Podium car park which shut at 5pm so I had to move the car and then go back in! I'm pretty sure it was on the show website as one of the official parking areas so it was a bit annoying!
There were some good chandlers on site but no real discounts were obvious with them. I suspect that given the internet competition its kinda hard to offer something special at the show now-a-days.
My major gripe was cost. I got in on a free ticket but my friends didn't and as a typical nuclear family I was taken back by the £80 cost to get in!
I'm fortunately not a family man but that did seem a tad expensive for a day out. We ended up getting our lunch from an on site concession and I expect a seriously impressive bacon roll for £4!
Surely the show should be much cheaper as its an opportunity for the exhibitors to demonstrate their wares and get sales?
That said I was welcomed on the stand by Topper, Ribcraft, Mercury and Barnet Marine with open arms. I was spoken to like a good friend, offered drinks, made some new contacts and it was a genuine pleasure to be there. Rest assured you will get my business again in the future!