ShedFest 2019 – Joining instructions for Shedders

Tuesday 3rd September (arrival from 9am)

We are delighted to welcome you to ShedFest 2019. We expect over 300 Shedders to share in this unique event and hope the information below will ensure you have an enjoyable and inspiring day celebrating Men’s Sheds.

Location of Event: University of Worcester, Severn Campus, Hylton Road, Worcester, WR2 5JN.

Arrival Time: The Arena will be open from 9am for registration. On arrival please make your way to the Exhibition Hall to register for the day– please see map below (there will be staff to show you where the Hall is)

Parking: We have secured free parking within the dedicated Arena car park, accessed via the Arena entrance (turn down Chancery Lane off Hylton Road, at the back of Worcester Arena). Please follow this link for map information.

Food & Drink/Dietary Requirements: You’ll be give a free Tea / Coffee on arrival from a café stand within the exhibition area and a buffet will be available for lunch at 12.15pm. If you have any dietary requirements, please contact laura.winkley@ukmsa.org.uk by 3pm, Friday 30th August.

Event Programme– Thisyear’s programme is looking very exciting! We’re particularly excited to be welcoming the inspirational Paul Sellers as our keynote speaker, and Chris Fisher RPT – who’s also known as the blind woodturner, who will be doing demonstrations throughout the day.

The timetable for the day – 0900 – Exhibition
1015 – Welcome
1030 – Keynote Speaker Paul Sellers
1115 – Workshops – Session One (Workshops 1-3)
1215 – Lunch sponsored by www.mensshedinsurance.co.uk from Export & General
1300 – Workshops – Session Two (Workshops 4-6)
1400 – Break and networking
1415 – UKMSA update
1430 – Annual General Meeting of UKMSA
1515 – Close, exhibition and networking

Follow this link to see details of the day’s workshops.

At 5pm we will be hosting the first standalone Shed of the Year Awards, with over sixty guests this looks set to be a fantastic celebration of Sheds.

Exhibitors – We have an exciting number of new, and returning exhibitors this year, including –

  • Action on Hearing Loss
  • Arthritis Action
  • Axminster Tools & Machinery
  • BJL Ltd,
  • Creative Minds
  • Export & General Insurance
  • House of Resin
  • International Boatbuilding Training College
  • Ladbrooks Insurance
  • Lovell Workwear
  • Men’s Health Forum
  • Metalcraft UK

  • Model Boatbuilding in your Shed
  • NPZ Technology
  • QJS Marquetry
  • Ronseal
  • Royal Voluntary Service
  • Men’s Sheds Cymru
  • Simon Clements
  • St John Ambulance
  • The Poultry People
  • Triton Tools
  • West Midlands Police Force

Things to Bring with you:

  • Shed Questions Stand

Have you got a burning question you would like another Shed or the UKMSA team to answer? If so please come along to this stand and write it down your question(s) to pin on the ‘Shed Questions’ board. These will be answered either on the day, or by email after the event.

  • Entries to Best Turned Item, and Best Birdbox

With ShedFest being the biggest national gathering of Shedders, this year we want to celebrate the creativity within the Shed movement. We are holding two competitions on the day – Best Turned Item, and Best Birdbox.

The criteria for items entered into either category is

  • You can transport them there (and back home) yourself,
  • They fit through the front door!
  • You have made them yourself (or if a join effort, you’re willing to share a prize nicely!)

On arrival there will be a table just on your right on entering the exibition hall to label your item and leave it for judging. Winning entries will be announced at approx 1515.

  • Things you’d like to display from your Shed

There will be an opportunity for you to bring items you’ve made in your Shed to display for other Shedders to see, should you like to.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the UKMSA Team. You can either email admin@ukmsa.org.uk, or call us on 0300 772 9626.

We look forward to seeing you at ShedFest 2019!