The Harrogate Nursery Fair Party night has been one of the highlights of the show for as long as many of us can remember, but in recent years, the addition of the Baby Products Association's BANTA Awards has added a new dimension of anticipation and excitement to the evening.
This year eight companies, all exhibitors at Harrogate Nursery Fair, joined in celebrations at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate as the winning products were announced during a glitzy presentation for the following categories: Child Restraints; Wheeled Goods; Travel Accessories; Sleep Accessories; In Home; Playtime; Feeding Cleaning and Weaning; and Safety. A full list of winning companies can be viewed HERE but representatives from each were invited to the stage to be presented with a much coveted trophy by Penny Franks, editor of Nursery Today magazine which sponsors the awards.
Apart from a delicious three course meal, flowing wine and lots of party toys adorning each table, the fun for the evening truly kicked off when the live band arrived on stage. This year, and undoubtedly one to remember, Take That 2 gave a truly stunning performance that even Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams would be hard pressed not to applaud! The music was outstanding and the lighting and visual effects took the majority of our breaths away and the dance hall remained packed until the early hours of Monday morning.
Further jollities continued at the Majestic Hotel on Monday night too when the Nursery Fair Organising team threw its annual free drinks and party night with an added element of surprise this year. Along with a disco and midnight snacks, a bucking bronco provided hilarious entertainment - not only for those brave enough to mount it, but for the audience watching as participants clung on for dear life.