Linda and I have just returned from our premier sales event of the year, the International Astronomy Show at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. We've exhibited at the IAS every year since it began and it was great to meet up with lots of old friends.
It's a fantastic venue, with over a hundred astronomy-based dealers exhibiting over two days - telescopes, cameras, books, accessories and - of course - meteorites! Although the attendees spend much of their time in lectures, they also come to spend some money: so, despite the longish drive along the hideously crowded A14, it's an event we really enjoy.
This year we stayed onsite at the Lodge. The room was comfortable - it even had its own patio - and the restaurant served excellent vegetarian food. The Stoneleigh Park Complex includes some other terrific eateries as well as acres of parkland, arboretum and streams. The interesting wildlife we saw during the weekend included Buzzard, Red Kite, Raven and lots of Hornets (I didn't take a T/P lens with me, so you'll have to take my word for it!)