We take a look at this year’s Kendal Outdoor Retail Show (KORS) to find out what visitors can expect
Run by the trade, for the trade, KORS is well known for its focused, business-like approach and no-pressure format, allowing visitors to spend quality time with people and products. KORS was involved in discussions to join OTS but decided it wasn’t the right move for the show, stating that a regional trade fair remains their preferred option.
This year the show takes place on 10-11 July. The organisers are sticking to the earlier July slot tested at the 2017 show, stating that the earlier dates make the show work more efficiently with buying and order deadlines. It’s returning to the same location, the Kendal Leisure Centre in Kendal, and open both days from 9am until 6pm.
The 2018 event features many of the UK’s top technical distributors, agencies and brands, which combined represent over 100 outdoor brands covering categories as diverse as footwear, hardware and equipment, accessories, apparel and tents.
The exhibitors this year include: Pro Agencies, Vaude, Zamberlan, TKC Sales, Lyon Equipment, Rosker, Eclipse Climbing, Beta Climbing Designs, Bramwell International, Ardblair, Mountain Boot Company, Black Diamond, Boreal, Lifemarque, Thule, Hydro Flask, DMM International and Beyond Hope. There are three new exhibitors at this year’s show too, who will be exhibiting for the very first time: Scott Running and Dolomite, Beal UK and Mammut.
These make up 20 stands all together and well over 100 brands, so it promises to be another busy show. KORS is a carefully curated show for core outdoor, offering the top technical brands in one place. It’s certainly a calmer, more intimate show. There’s no need to rush around, visitors can take their time and talk to every exhibitor in detail whilst checking out all the products on display.
The show is completely free to attend and there’s no tickets required, but you do have to show proof that you are involved in the outdoor trade by bringing a business card or something similar with you. You can just turn up on either day and the organisers will register you on the door. There’s free parking provided on-site, and Joey’s Café will be open throughout the show, serving food and drink.
For more information, including the list of exhibitors and full programme, go to www.kors.org.uk