Sharing dates of Fairs


If you click on one of the months above it will show a list of fairs usually held that month.PLEASE, PLEASE let me know of any fair you know about and I'll add it to the list.
I apologise for not making any attempt to keep it current this is just an attempt to have a list of as many dolls house shows that I can find. Even if you see a show with an old date you can just google the name of the show to find out the date of the next one.

It would be great if you'd let me know of any I can add to the list.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Dolls House & Miniatures Fair, York, 4th June 2017

As I used to write for Dolls House and Miniature Scene magazine and this fair is associated with them I have gone to both fairs each year since I started in this hobby, initially to write a review for the magazine and then because 'that's what I did'.  I have to confess to having a difficult time with the last one and more so this time.  I suspect it is a case of York Fair fatigue.  It is probably not advisable (if you have a choice) to go to the same fair every time it comes round.  It will bring, in the main, the same vendors who are pretty much selling the same things so you can get jaded - not to mention sulky (!) when you find yourself wandering around unable to spend money.  That noted do not let me turn you away from an excellent venue.

If you can turn your visit into a long weekend break and actually spend time in and around York it will be even more enjoyable.  We go to York on Friday and leave Monday morning so the actual fair is only part of one day during a lovely weekend break.  York and its environs has a ton of things to see and do so every show you can find something different to occupy your time.  It  is also is home to my absolute favourite eatery on the planet.  Not posh but the best Sicilian food ever - arancini to die for.

The fair housed eighty vendors with a wide range of products. It will cover your 1/12th hobby ten-fold but there is also a decent amount of quarter scale to go at with large vendors like Petite properties but also others selling quite a lot of their things in mixed scales.  Anyone new to the game will be utterly thrilled with the size and variety of the show and will be able to get pretty much everything they need to be able to crack on with their build.

There were two workshops at this show - I wish we did more of those at all shows here in the UK.  This is one thing the American shows do 'big time', indeed they can start a week before the show - take a look at Tom Bishop's shows for example.  I wonder if we could rouse that enthusiasm here?  In the morning the Miniature Needlework Society did a workshop on pattern darning technique.  I sort of intended to do that one but arrived a nano-second too late - they were 'full'.  Don't leave it until the start time in case it is going to be a popular one.  The afternoon workshop was making a basque on a display mannequin with Hazel Dowd's Little people.

Even if these classes aren't making something useful to your current project you will certainly acquire or improve skills you can use in another way.

Jane Harrop always gives a free talk around half two (just when you really need a sit-down!!)  These are worth the entry price in themselves.

York always has a good turn out of customers and this was no exception.  The weather was sunny and there seemed to be more than usual bodies filling the halls.  I think  all shows are 'shrinking'  in terms of vendors - this one had ninety plus vendors two years ago and now eighty...... but the customer base seems to be there.  Indeed with less shows around there may be pretty much the same number having to travel further for a show but therefore increasing the number of buyers at each show (????)   I am sure we all prefer touchy-feely to buying on the internet if we can get to the goods.  Even if I can't afford to buy everything I'd like at a show it gives me a chance to suss out the vendors I will buy things from between shows when my pennies allow.  So these events do act as a showcase as well as a purchasing fair for vendors.  This is their shop window.

Even with a lot of buyers the York fair doesn't seem overcrowded like some shows can be.  You can usually get to see what you want easily and move around with some breathing space. It is spread out over three floors so you can always find places to sit down with a drink or your shopping list.

There is a main restaurant right alongside the show - very handy - the food is OK and not expensive so no need to leave the show if you like to take a proper break and get something to eat.

York is easy to get to by road or rail and the venue is easy to find as it is held at York race course.  There are a ton of places to stay immediately around it if you want to make a short break of it.  

Parking at the course is fine, and even better if your 'driver' drops you off as mine does.  Unless you really must be the first person over the threshold and you arrive early, just sit in the car until the show opens.  There is always a very long queue outside the building (which then moves very slowly!) and, unless the weather is perfect, that's not a fun way to start the day.  I buy the preview ticket which lets you in half an hour before the pay-on-the-day folks.


One caveat, and it applies to several shows, the phone reception is almost non-existent deep inside the building so you need to make some clear arrangements (not phone dependent) with anyone who is not at the show with you.

Apologies for no photos this trip - I will contact the magazine and see if they have a press release I can scrounge.

If you want to see what I bought go to my (click here for link) Dalton House blog.

The New
Llandudno
Dolls House & Miniature Fair 

The Assembly Rooms,
Town Hall, Lloyd Street,
LLANDUDNO

North Wales, LL30 2UP

SUNDAY 25 June 2017

Fair Opens 10.30am - 3.00pm

Hi Everyone,
 

MGM Fairs are returning to Llandudno after an absence of about 12 years  on Sunday 25 June 2017 at the above address.  The Fair opens 10.30am till 3.00pm. 

It is a smaller venue than we have had previously, but we hope to be able to revive and promote this fair as the must-come-to-show in North Wales. We already have some  really great miniature traders booked for this year  including, Mini Lights, Yvonne's Dolls Houses, ABC Miniatures and Loverseeds, so please check out  our website for the complete list at http://www.mgmfairs.co.uk

You should be able to find everything you need for your dolls house projects, whether it is  furniture, dolls, food, lights, wood, tools, fabrics, shop items and even some dolls houses.  See some of the traders work below.

 

There is Pay and Display car parking, behind the venue, and free parking just up the street.

W
e shall also have our usual Free Prize Draws, so you could win something,  just for coming along.

The Entrance fee  for Adults/Seniors remains at   £2.50 with accompanied children at 50p, children under 7 will be free.  


Unfortunately we won't be able to accommodate children's push chairs inside the fair rooms, but we will look after the chair, if you wish to take your child into the Fair with you. The fair has access for wheelchair users. 

A map, venue information and a list of traders are all available on our website at www.mgmfairs.co.uk

Friday, 2 June 2017

MGM Fairs

MGM Fairs have many shows all around the country throughout the year so, if you are lucky one is likely to turn up near you.  Click here: MGM Fairs for more information

I will do my best to remind you when they are due and will be adding next years list to the months above when I get them.


Thursday, 1 June 2017

The Matlock Dolls House & Miniature Fair

MGM Fairs:  Matlock Dolls House Fair

The Matlock
Dolls House & Miniature Fair 

The Imperial Rooms,
Imperial Road
MATLOCK,
Derbyshire, DE4 3NL


SUNDAY 11 June 2017

Fair Opens 10.30am - 3.00pm

Hi Everyone,
 

Another great dolls house show from MGM Fairs is coming  back to Matlock on Sunday 11 June 2017 at the above address.  The Fair opens 10.30am till 3.00pm.  

We have some  really great miniature traders attending this year, some of them new to the fair,  such as Valerie Claire Miniatures, Lazy Days and Dateman Books, as well as previous traders such as John Peck, Wallflower Miniatures, Tee Pee Crafts and Angie Pyatt, so please check out  our website for the complete list at http://www.mgmfairs.co.uk

You should be able to find everything you need for your dolls house projects, whether it is  furniture, dolls, food, lights, wood, tools, fabrics, shop items and even some dolls houses.  See some of the traders work below.

 

There is Pay and Display car parking, next to, and across from, the venue.

W
e shall also have our usual Free Prize Draws, so you could win something,  just for coming along.
 
The Entrance fee  for Adults/Seniors remains at   £2.50 with accompanied children at 50p, children under 7 will be free.  

 
Unfortunately we won't be able to accommodate children's push chairs inside the fair rooms, but we will look after the chair, if you wish to take your child into the Fair with you. The fair has access for wheelchair users.  

A map, venue information and a list of traders are all available on our website at www.mgmfairs.co.uk

I look forward to seeing you on 
Sunday 11 June  2017 and hope we all have a really great day.

Gail Tucker
Fair Organiser

Haberdashery & Other Items from Valerie Claire Miniatures

Haberdashery & Other Items
from Valerie Claire Miniatures

Soft Furnishings from Wallflower Miniatures

Soft Furnishings from Wallflower Miniatures

Miniature Books from Dateman Books

Miniature Books and Magazines from Dateman Books

Canework Demonstration by C&D Crafts

 Cane work Demonstration and Sales from C & D Crafts

Craft, Filigree, Lace, Braids and Supplies from Tee Pee Crafts

Ribbons, Braids, Jewellery Findings, Threads, Silks and Filigree items from
Tee Pee Crafts

Romany Caravan from  Lazy Days

Romany Caravans and
Narrow Boats
from Lazy Days

Sunday, 28 May 2017

York Show 4th June

Just a reminder to get to the York show if you possibly can next weekend.  I think it is a really good all-round show with a good variety of vendors and certainly access to all the necessary stuff if you are just starting a project.

Click here:  Yorks Dolls House Fair (June)  for more information or read my previous reviews of the show.

I am away for a couple of weeks immediately after the show but I will try to post a review and photos as soon after then as I can.

Sorry to have not posted for ages but haven't been working on my project for a while.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Shows in December



Here are some UK shows being held in December - 


DECEMBER 2016
Saturday 3rd -- Kensington Dolls House Festival, Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London, W8 7NX  (KDF)
Sunday 4th -- Marriot Hotel, Southampton Road, Portsmouth 10.30am 4.00pm (Dolly's Daydreams)
Sunday 4th -- The Town Hall, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands (MM Fairs)
Saturday 10th -- The Shoreham Centre, 2 Pond Street, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5WU. (MGM Fairs)
 Sunday 11th -- Leisure Centre, Sea Front, Felixstowe 10.30am 4.00pm (Dolly's Daydreams)


Thank you Miniature Scene for this list

Sunday, 27 November 2016

York Dolls House Fair, 20th November 2016

As this blog records the shows I visit it seems right to write a post to at least acknowledge that I went to the York Show on 20th November.

There isn't a review here as there is nothing I can add to the one I wrote for the Spring Show back in June (see York Dolls House Fair, 5th June 2016).  Same venue and same 'arrangements'.  I didn't take any photos at the show and seemed to wander around in a daze achieving very little.  This is no criticism of the show but does demonstrate that what you take away from these events is very subjective and is as much to do with your attitude on the day as it is to do with the show.

There were 81 vendors and I only managed to pick up a few very ordinary things for my project so I came away feeling very flat.  Others have got a bounty of lovely things from exactly the same day in the same place.

If you want to see what I bought they are posted over in my project blog  Dalton House