Expoinfancia

Title: Expoinfancia
Location: Recinto Ferial, Santa Cruz
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Description: Back after a pregnant pause of 2 years, Expoinfancia has everything for the expectant or new mother. Food, clothes, toys and hygiene products are all among 90 stalls. There is a cafe on site if you need a rusk and some gripe water, and entry is just 4 euros. Opens from 10am to 8pm. More details at www.expoinfancia.com

Start Date: 2011-11-18
End Date: 2011-11-20

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Exposaldo Bargain Fair

Title: Exposaldo Bargain Fair
Location: Recinto Ferial, Santa Cruz
Description: Everybody needs a bargain these days so get along to Santa Cruz for 200 stalls under one roof selling everything you can imagine at reduced prices. The range includes electrical, food, clothes and much more, they even have second hand hire cars. From 6 to 10 October doors open from 11 am to 9 pm, entry is 3 euros and there is even a bar and cafe on site.
Start Date: 2011-10-06
End Date: 2011-10-10

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Feria Natura Salud, Health & Wellness Fair

Title: Feria Natura Salud, Health & Wellness Fair
Location: Recinto Ferial, Santa Cruz
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Description: If health and fitness interests you individually or through your business this event will be right up your street. Over 60 exhibitors will be selling everything you could possibly need regarding health, medicine, fitness and diet. There will also be demonstrations and a cafe upstairs sells big sticky buns, milky coffee and beer. Open 23 to 25 September from 11 am to 9 pm for just 3 euros entrance.
Start Date: 2011-09-23
End Date: 2011-09-25

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Exposaldo

Title: Exposaldo
Location: Recinto Ferial, Santa Cruz
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Description: Grease those elbows and get ready to bargain hunt. There really is something for everyone here from hire cars to electrical and household goods, clothes, toys and all points in between. Bargain prices throughout and aisle after aisle to browse in. If it gets a bit much there’s always the bar cafe and the event is open from 11 am to 9 pm each day. Normally a nominal charge to get in of around 3 euros.
Start Date: 2011-04-07
End Date: 2011-04-11

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PIT – Childrens Festive Fair

Title: PIT – Childrens Festive Fair
Location: Recinto Ferial, Santa Cruz
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Description: How do you keep the youngsters happy over the long festive season? PIT – Parque Infantil y Juvenil de Tenerife, has long been the family saviour offering a magical world of daily entertainment for children and their parents.
For just 6.50 euros a day they can enjoy sports, theatre, mini golf, stone cars, a train, water rides on the indoor lake, rocking horses, bouncy castles, Wii and much more. This years theme is the wild west.
Open 10 am to 8 pm, with these exceptions, 24, 31 Dec & 5 Jan – 10 am to 3 pm, 25 Dec & 1 Jan – 3 pm to 8 pm, Closed all day for Reyes 6 January.
Start Date: 2010-12-23
End Date: 2011-01-09

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Exposaldo Bargain Sale

Title: Exposaldo Bargain Sale
Location: Recinto Ferial, Santa Cruz
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Description: Always popular, 220 stands selling everything form clothes, electrical, gifts, even ex hire cars, and all at low prices. Over 50,000 passed through the last event in June. Recinto Ferial is just as you come into the capital from the south and has a large amount of parking.
Runs daily from 6 to 10 October, 11am to 9pm and costs 3 euros to go in, there’s a cafe and bar for when you need to draw breath.
Start Date: 2010-10-06
End Date: 2010-10-10

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Driven To Distraction By Gleaming Motor Memories

A swagger of Rolls Royces, a clutch of Kawasakis, and a fanfare of Fords, Jeremy Clarkson would be drooling all over the Recinto Ferial in Santa Cruz if he could see the motors on show at Autoepoca. With the Spanish RAC celebrating it’s hundredth birthday, classic and antique collectors” clubs have loaned their pride and joy to this four day event in the heart of the Tenerife capital.

Blimey, someone’s been busy with the polish, that was my first thought as I entered the motor pool clutching my newly acquired three euro ticket. Spread out before me was a dazzling array of 200 cars and 50 motorbikes each with a story to tell of a bygone age of happy motoring. Not being an expert by any means, and with few of the exhibits identified by name or history, feel free to check the accuracy of my research as I introduce you to a few famous names.

Let’s start with something smooth and stylish, the Packard Eight 443 Sedan ((top pic), made in America in 1928, I felt guilty for just breathing by it. The eight cylinders purr under that creamy veneer, a real style icon but one of the most expensive of it’s day at 4,250 dollars. I promised you bikes, and what a cool sturdy number the Ducati 200 Elite (just above) is. Built in 1962, the 204 cc steel framed steed is surprisingly unthirsty at 70 miles to the gallon.

The motors on display also give an insight into their heydays. Take the Willys Overland Whippet Six (yes I know it sounds like a soul group). It was built in Toledo, Ohio in 1927 and its low price made it popular with students, hence the often used name, Collegiate Roadster (top pic above) . The car soon found keen owners abroad, this Model 93 A was originally owned by Fyffe’s LTD, the family that introduced bananas to the Canary Islands. Some cars were just beyond me, this burgundy beauty is a Brevette (just above), I may have failed to unlock its history but I was still very taken by its sheer neatness of design.

Time to wave the flag for old blighty, the 1928 Willys Overland Manchester (just below) came from the same U.S kennel as the Whippet but was shipped in kit form to Heaton Chapel, where it was assembled and took the local city name. Or how about the great Austin Healey 3000 Mark 3 (bottom below) a real bit of British team work. The 1963 bodywork was made by Jenson Motors in West Bromwich and later assembled at BMC in Abingdon, better known as the home of the MG.

That just gives you a taste of the treats on offer at Autoepoca, hurry though, you only have a few days. The show continues to Sunday 7 March, from 11am to 9pm daily, and all for a measly three euros entry. There’s plenty of parking, it’s easy to find on the coast road (Avenida de la Constitucion) into Santa Cruz, and they even have a café and bar.

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