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  • Writer's pictureDan Keane


Racecourses make great venues!

On Saturday, October 22nd, the North West Card Show held its second event. Having never attended a North West Card Show event, this was my first.

Haydock Racecourse is located in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, England and was the venue for the event. This was the first time Shaun, the host, had used this location. It was conveniently located next to a Holiday Inn, where I would be staying for the night.

Because of a sale on ticket prices, I was able to get a ticket for under £5. Thus, the North West Card Show is the most affordable show to date.

The layout of the venue pleasantly surprised me upon entering. Each vendor table was positioned in a loop starting at the entrance and ending at the exit. During the route round, it was easy to ensure you didn't miss any vendor tables when doing the lap of the tables.

The show featured a good mix of vendors, including sports cards, pokemon, comics, and card supplies. Pokemon tables seemed to be positioned relatively close together, which I thought was a great idea. My opinion is that it is better to separate Pokemon and Sports Cards tables than to mix them together. Many Pokemon collectors ignore sports, and the opposite is also true.

A bar was open with tables and bar stools for people to sit at. I enjoyed taking a break after completing a couple of laps by grabbing a drink in a separate area. At some point during the day, most people, including myself, consumed an alcoholic beverage. In addition, tea and coffee were also available.

Shaun was aware of both of my improvements for this particular card show. The show lacked food. After speaking with Shaun, I understand the venue wanted a large deposit upfront. The only thing I would change would be to add a trade night. It is becoming increasingly common for UK collectors to attend trade nights at other shows and become accustomed to trades. Therefore I think an addition of a Trade Night would be a slight improvement.

With the exception of the two points mentioned above, I genuinely enjoyed the show and thought it was worth the 4 hour's trip. This venue proved that racecourses are excellent venues for card shows. I've never been to a venue with such a well-designed foot flow. This is the best card show the North of England has to offer from what I've witnessed. I definitely recommend going to a future North West Card Show event.


Well-designed layout of tables

Separated bar area to enjoy a drink and a break

Located conveniently next door to an affordable hotel

Very reasonable ticket prices

Goody bag for the first 50 entrants


Lack of food options available, only bar snacks

No trade night

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Dan Keane

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