Organisers of PATS Sandown have announced the show will be moving to a new date in 2021.
The two-day pet industry exhibition will be held on Tuesday May 11 and Wednesday May 12 at Sandown Park, Surrey. The decision to move from the original dates of February 14 to 15 was taken following recent announcements by the Government on the COVID-19 pandemic, and the fact exhibition halls around the country weren’t able to re-open in October as planned.
Bookings for the UK pet industry’s spring showpiece event are already at an impressive level, proving there is a real thirst for the return of “live” trade exhibitions. An overwhelming majority of exhibitors have also told PATS organisers they are very happy with the move of dates.
The coronavirus pandemic put a halt on trade exhibitions around the world, with the 2020 PATS event in February this year being the last live UK pet industry event to take place.
PATS Sandown organiser Gordon Thomas said: “We look forward to welcoming the pet industry back through the doors of PATS Sandown in May next year.
“Moving to late spring makes it much easier to stage the Sandown show and allows us to deliver a high-quality event that is expected of a PATS exhibition.
“PATS Sandown will be the first UK pet trade exhibition to be staged in 2021 where the whole industry will finally be re-united under one roof.”
Gordon announced PATS Telford 2021 will still take place on Sunday September 26 and Monday September 27.
“We’ll be working hard with exhibitors and visitors to make both PATS 2021 shows a huge success for everyone involved,” he added.