BTS Annual Exhibition FAQ
ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BRITISH TARANTULA SOCIETY
ANNUAL EXHIBITION (BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK)
By Ray and Angela Hale
At this time of year I receive a deluge of e-mails and calls from members regarding the BTS Exhibition. This year has been no exception and with a number of questions being posted on the Forum I have decided to post up a frequently Asked Questions page on the site. Hopefully this should tell you everything you need to know. If I have missed anything please feel free to contact me. Please remember that unlike Halpoplema lividum, I do not bite!
Q. What is the BTS Exhibition?
A. The BTS Exhibition is an event like no other in the World. It is a chance for spider lovers everywhere to meet, buy, sell and generally talk about spiders with like-minded people. Last year we housed 30,000 tarantulas under one roof and had over 800 visitors to the event.
Q. When is the BTS Exhibition?
A. The exhibition for 2009 is on Sunday the 17th May. It is held every May.
Q. Where is the BTS Exhibition held?
A. It will held at The Coseley School, Henne Drive, Off Ivyhouse Lane, Coseley,West Midlands,WV14 9JW.
Q. How do I get there?
A. Directions are given on the BTS Website. If you are coming by plane, train or automobile you will not get lost.
Q. Is there parking?
A. There is ample free parking on the playing field of the school.
Q. Do I have to pre-book tickets to visit the BTS Exhibition?
A. No. The Exhibition is open to everyone. But be prepared to queue if you arrive early.
Q. Do I have to be a member to get in?
A. No, everyone is welcome
Q. What time does it open to visitors?
A. The exhibition opens to visitors at 11.00am and closes at 5.00pm.
Q. How much does it cost to get in?
A. This is variable but the 2009 prices to get in are as follows£3.50 for adults, £2.50 for children. Entry for children under 3 years of age is free. Members pay £2.50 on production of their membership card, no card no reduction!. A parent or guardian must accompany children under 16. The official show poster should be checked for any changes. The BTS holds the right to make any changes to the entrance fee without prior notification if circumstances dictate.
Q. Can I buy spiders at the BTS Exhibition?
A. Yes, there are over 30 exhibitors at the exhibition. All of which are experienced tarantula enthusiasts. They will be selling spiders but will be happy to give advice and help to the novice. The BTS does not allow the sale of animals to children.
Q. Can I sell spiders at the BTS Exhibition?
A. To sell spiders or to exhibit you MUST pre-book space. This can be done by contacting me directly for details. No one will be allowed to trade or exhibit at the event without my permission. This rule will be strictly applied.
Q. I have heard about the BTS Spider Competitions. What is it all about?
A. You have the chance to win a fantastic trophy for displaying your spider at the exhibition. Each year we have a number of categories in which you can enter your spider. Bring it along on the day and enter it. The categories are:
Best Brachypelma species
Best new world terrestrial
Best new world arboreal
Best Asian terrestrial
Best Asian arboreal
Best artwork (poorly supported in recent years. Lets see some decent entries this year)
Best children’s artwork
Best committee entry
Full rules and regulations can be obtained by e-mailing me direct.
Q. Are there refreshments available?
A. There will be an onsite catering van serving hot food and beverages all day!
Q. Can I join the BTS at the exhibition?
A. Yes, we would love you to join the BTS. Please visit the BTS Trade Stand and ask for details.
Q. What else is there for me to see and do?
A. Lots. As well as the competitions we have FREE lectures by the worlds leading arachnologists. There will be an exhibition by the BTS National Collection Scheme. There is a chance to meet other members and talk to the experts. We really are a friendly lot, so don’t be shy. (It is better to speak to Angela or myself late in the day, as we are always busy in the morning. Any other committee member will be more than pleased to offer assistance.)
Q. I’m afraid of spiders. Will people be handling tarantulas at the BTS Exhibition?
A. No. The BTS has a strict non-handling policy. Anyone seen handling tarantulas at the Exhibition will be confronted and removed if necessary. We are very aware that some visitors are afraid and we aim to educate, not scare.
Q. Why do you not organise two exhibitions a year?
A. It’s a thought but the BTS Exhibition takes Angela and myself twelve months to organise. The exhibition is an annual event and hosting two would detract from the idea. Visitors look forward to this event and two a year would probably kill us.
So there it is. I hope we have answered all of your concerns. If not then e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or post it up on the forum and we will try to help you out.
Please visit the BTS Exhibition and enjoy the day.
Ray and Angela Hale