Covid status checks will be in place at Autumn Fair as the show readies to open its doors in September

Autumn Fair has introduced Covid-19 status checks for all attendees on arrival at the show this year, as it prepares to open its doors for the first time in 18 months since the pandemic hit, this September 5th to 8th.

The show’s organiser has also updated its Safe & Secure Guidelines to deliver new health and safety measures to put the show community at ease this year. September’s Autumn Fair will ask all attendees, including visitors, exhibitors, contractors, venue and organiser staff to verify their Covid-19 status on arrival.

The move is in adherence to the latest government guidance, working in consultation with the Association of Event Organisers and means that all attendees will need to demonstrate proof of Covid-19 status for entry to the event.

This can be in the form of a  proof of completion of a full course of vaccination two weeks prior to arrival, proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test taken within 48 hours of arrival, or proof of natural immunity show by a positive PCR test result for Covid-19, lasting for 180 days from the date of the positive test.

Further details on how to prove your COVID-19 status and FAQs can be found at and further information for international exhibitors and visitors will be provided very soon.

Ian Solomon, operations director, Hyve Group plc, said: “The health and safety of our customers and community have been, and continues to be, a top priority as we return to delivering events and facilitating trade again. As such, it was imperative for Autumn Fair and Moda to verify attendees’ COVID-19 status on arrival.

“We have made the decision to implement COVID-19 status checks, even though this is not currently mandated within government guidelines, as the evidence suggests that this is the best way for us to reduce the risk of transmission within the event itself. Putting these checks in place adds an additional layer of reassurance for all attendees once they are inside the event.

“Furthermore, our risk assessment is substantial, and the updated Safe & Secure guidelines are designed to deliver industry-leading health and safety standards and procedures that will help put the minds of our community at ease.”

Other key features of the updated guidelines include a reduced contact registration system, a Code of Conduct, and exhibitors have been given advice on exhibition stands, including on stand layout, data capture, staffing and displaying product effectively.

While it is no longer mandatory to wear masks, the show’s organisers will be encouraging all attendees to consider wearing them, especially when in enclosed or crowded spaces.

Julie Driscoll, managing director, Retail and Fashion, Hyve Group plc, said: “Autumn Fair is a curated show for a new era of retail, designed to reinvigorate the industry and provide the essential networking and product inspiration that the industry has missed during the pandemic.

“All the measures being put in place are to help exhibitors and visitors feel confident about attending events once again. There is huge pent-up interest, but quite rightly we need to provide clear information and the correct procedures. The new guidelines enable exhibitors and visitors to understand what to expect on site. With our long-standing heritage and experience, we can confidently deliver a trusted platform and marketplace for physical business to take place again and give buyers the chance to discover a whole host of inspirational products and collections from returning favourites, as well as new, sustainable, made in Britain, and a huge number of ‘exclusive to the Autumn Fair’ brands.”

The full updated Safe and Secure Guidelines can be viewed at with a dedicated section for exhibitors at


Hyve confirms – Autumn Fair 2020 is cancelled

Hyve, the organising team behind Autumn Fair, has confirmed the cancellation of this year’s home and gift retail industry show.

The announcement arrives following speculation that the show was to be called off owing to the ongoing situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and the social distancing measures and laws around gatherings still in place. This year’s Autumn Fair will now be replaced with a virtual event this September.

Hyve has also confirmed that Spring Fair will continue to take place on the 7th-11th February 2021 and Autumn Fair will return to the NEC on the 5th-8th September 2021.

Hyve and the team behind Autumn Fair are now working closely with partners and clients to deliver a virtual forum this September with exclusive seminar content and practical advice designed to educate and inform participants. More information on the virtual forum will be available on the website in due course.

“We have been listening to both our exhibitors and visitors, and the feedback from the market has been incredibly supportive of Autumn Fair. We’re excited to have the opportunity to take a fresh approach and launch a virtual forum this September,” said Jessica Dawnay, event director, Spring & Autumn Fair.

“We are also looking forward to when the industry can meet again in person and will focus all efforts and resources on helping the industry bounce back in 2021, both at Spring Fair in February 2021, and Autumn Fair taking place 5th-8th September 2021.”

“Autumn Fair is consistently one of our favourite and important exhibitions of the year. That said, the idea of a virtual show is inspired, and I look forward to getting fully involved in showcasing our latest puppet and soft toy collections online,” said Peter Lockey, The Puppet Company Ltd

Autumn Fair and JWF continue to provide exclusive webinars, industry news and product updates that keeps the home and gift retail community informed, connected and inspired on The Community hub.