Cheers to the Newbury Show
After a 3 year gap, Tiffinie and Julia were back with a bang at The Newbury Show
Back at the Newbury Show: Better late than never!
Three years can do a lot to your memory, but nothing could make us forget the countryside charm of the Newbury Show. As we set foot on the familiar Newbury Showground this year, it felt like reuniting with an old friend. The pandemic had kept us apart, but 2023 brought us back together in a whirlwind of fun, frolic, and some fantastic liqueurs! The fields were alive, the spirits (both kinds) were high, and the memories? Absolutely unforgettable. We came, we saw, we clinked glasses. Here’s our recap of an amazing day.
When you’re too busy for the main event
The Newbury Show is a grand weekend of farming festivities, culinary delights, and bucket-loads of fun. Billed as a countryside treat for families, it offers a bit of everything to everyone.
But sadly, if you were looking for the Wiltshire Liqueur family out and about enjoying the show… well, you’d find us right where you left us – at our stand.
Honestly, we were swamped! We had big plans to wander around, especially to catch some of the arena events. But we were too busy selling out of peach liqueur… yet again.
But we didn’t miss out on the thrill of the show, with a visit from an energetic group of scurry drivers. If you’re scratching your head wondering what that is, it’s basically folks racing with a pair of ponies and a carriage, navigating a twisty course. Sounds thrilling, right? We thought they might need a bit of a pick-me-up, so we offered them some hearty samples of our liqueurs for a bit of pep.
The highlight? While we were stuck at our booth, we still got a piece of the show’s magic. A dragon rider swung by for a chat and a laugh. If we couldn’t get to the fun, at least some of it found its way to us!
Reunions, coolbags, and the tale of Paula
One of the best parts of the Newbury Show isn’t just making new customers; it’s reuniting with the old ones. This year, it felt like a proper family gathering at our stand. Many of our existing customers made it a point to drop by and share their stories, experiences, and, of course, their favourite liqueurs.
Among the many highlights were our super fans. You know you’ve made an impression when folks swing by with their Wiltshire Liqueur cool bags from previous years, showcasing their loyalty and love for our products. It’s moments like these that remind us why we love what we do.
Now, on to the funniest encounter of the show. Meet our customer, Paul. Good ol’ Paul, who has been receiving our newsletters for quite a while now, took a moment to share some feedback. He enjoys our updates, and finds them entertaining, but there’s been one tiny, consistent error. Somehow, in our records, Paul has always been ‘Paula’. We had a good laugh about it, promised him a correction, and might’ve slipped him an extra sample for the chuckle.
The dynamic duo strikes again
It’s often said that there’s magic in reunions. This year’s Newbury Show brought back that spark for our very own dynamic duo: Tiffinie and Julia. With many events being cancelled over the past few years, or with them attending shows separately, the camaraderie they always enjoyed at big events had been missed.
But Newbury 2023 saw them back together and rediscovering their passion and love for the larger shows. The infectious energy, the buzz and the stream of familiar (and new) faces was a vivid reminder of why they adore this world of shows so much.
Now, a little insider secret about our leading ladies: if you ever struggle to tell them apart, think Ant and Dec. Julia always stands to the left, or appears to the right on camera, while Tiffinie takes the opposite side. It’s their unspoken rule, and a quirky signature stance.
And speaking of quirks, while the event was chock-full of memorable moments, there’s one in particular that they’re still giggling about: the sausage roll indulgence on the second day. Yes, they treated themselves to a massive sausage roll each. The catch? Absolutely no photos allowed! Some moments are just meant to be savoured without the lens.
We even made the papers!
One of the crowning moments of our return to the Newbury Show was getting a feature in the local newspaper. On Sunday morning, as we were setting up our stand and preparing for the day’s rush, we spotted a photographer clicking away. By the afternoon, a journalist from the Newbury Weekly News came over, asking us about our story, our liqueurs, and our experience at the show.
Four days later, there we were, splashed across page 14 alongside 2 of our favourite show friends Tutts Clump Cider and Berkshire Trout. A big thank you to the Newbury Weekly News for the lovely feature and to all who stopped by to share a moment (or a drink) with us. We’re already looking forward to next year’s show, and who knows, maybe another feature? Fingers crossed!
Wrapping up a busy summer of shows
Summer 2023 wasn’t just about the Newbury Show for us. It was a packed calendar of events, each with its own highlights and stories.
Take the Romsey Show, for instance. This year marked our 10th year there, and it was as lively as ever. Ten years of showcasing our liqueurs, meeting fans, and enjoying the unmistakable Romsey spirit.
And then there was the Alton Flavourfest. It was a scorcher! The sun blazed overhead, turning the event into a proper summer fest. People flocked to our stand, eager for a refreshing taste amidst the heat.
And yes, we did catch Tiffinie on camera in a pastry indulgence this time. This time at the Swallowfield show.
All in all, this summer reaffirmed why we do these shows. It’s the buzz, the people, reconnections, milestones, and rediscovering the joy of community events. And now, as we edge into autumn, it’s time to take a breather and prep for the next round of events and the adventures the next season has in store. Christmas here we come.