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, 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 - 

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

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Scottish Dolls House Fair

This is a bit eleventh hour, but worth a punt in hopes it reaches some of you who can get there.  There is a show in Edinburgh tomorrow:

for full details,click here:  Scottish Fairs

In brief:

Scottish Dolls House Autumn Fair
Next Fair .. 6th November 2016
Fair is Open from (10:30am to 4:00pm)
Royal Highland Centre
Strathmore Restaurant - Lowland Hall
EH28 8NB
Adults £ 3.50 Children under 12 FREE (Please pay at Door)
Cafeteria Available - Free Parking - Disabled Access

It is showing 23 traders, so not a massive show BUT everyone of those is a gem for one reason or another.  I'll let you check them out for yourself as we all need/like different things.  There are at least six in that list that I would be making a bee-line for.

I always think however small a show is it is a great chance to go feely-touchy shopping instead of  the internet throw of the dice. 

Think of it this way if you had a local dolls house wouldn't you be in that shop every five minutes; well, in Edinburgh, this weekend there are 23 shops all in one place.

The organiser is Dream Home Miniatures - the JiaYi retailer where I bought a few things at the NEC - this vendor on its own is worth a trip.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Miniatura photos

Thank you to Andy Hopwood at Miniatura for sending me these wonderful photos to share:


Laurence and Angela St. Leger

Tiny Tails Miniatures

Vanessa's Dolls

WHB Miniatures

Little Bits and Pieces by Julie

Malcolm's Miniatures

S & W Golland


Stephen J Randall

Sylvia's Mini Knits

Jane Harrop

Jane Davies

Het Porcelein Boompje

Gek Miniature Art

Five Valley Bears

Annie Shushneva

Botiny Miniatures

Dateman Books

Dolls House Direct

Eggers Delight & Elite Designs

Elisabeth Causeret

Enchanted Dolls
Al'turn'ative proportions

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Miniatura, Autumn 2016, 1st and 2nd October 2016

What a terrific weekend!  We travelled down to the NEC after lunch on Friday for an overnight stay ready for an early start the next day.  Indeed we stayed two nights so it was absolutely relaxing and enjoyable.

If you buy the weekend ticket the number of visitors to the show is limited on Saturday - not sure to how many -  and the room was certainly very, very busy as soon as the door opened.

It opened smack on time at ten o' clock and this is the queue still going in at about quarter past.

By about two in the afternoon it looked like this - much calmer and easier to get around, though still busy.

So, this is a case of deciding what's most important for you.  If you are someone who must find the best bargain and that special one-off piece then you decidedly need to be there at 10 am on Saturday as a lot of stock is gobbled up that day.  If you prefer things a little calmer then Sunday is your day.  On Sunday the pattern seems to reverse - it is nice and quiet at 10 am and tends to get busier as the day progresses.  If you are just greedy like me then it is absolutely a two-day event.

There were 155 vendors (maybe two no-shows?) so enough for anyone to go at.  That said, the longer you are in this game the pickier you get and, whilst surrounded by 155 wonderful people, I am thinking oooh I could do with this or that person here!  Just plain cheeky some folk.

I do feel Miniatura is creeping more upmarket and I am hoping it won't become the Brum version of the Kensington show.  It is lovely to have a wide mix of things to buy at all sorts of budget levels.  Not only do we all have a different bottom to our pockets but there are countless approaches to dollhousing from basic child-like houses, not overly fussy about scale or quality but stuffed full of things the owner loves all the way through a myriad of levels up to museum quality collectors' houses.  A show that can appeal to all of this has a challenge on its hands for sure.

My first attack was to check out my (maybe) next project:

This is the Sussex by Dolls House Direct and with a couple of tweaks might well fulfill the notion I have of an Edwardian house overlooking a park or at the seaside somewhere, inhabited by Vita - a very modern arty lady.

I think Gary's houses have come on leaps and bounds since mine and his acquiring a laser cutter though some are a bit over-trimmed for my taste, but he is offering different to everything else around and a massive choice of styles and sizes; and he will tweak where possible.

My current build is one of his and I didn't want side windows, for example, no problem.

After a bit of discussion about what can and can't be done I walked round the whole show fairly slowly and for once I timed this tour - it took me three hours.

Off for lunch which was the usual show food/chaos.  You can go out into the arena and there are eateries out there to choose from I was just too lazy.  If you are a serious shopper I'll assume you aren't that fussed about lunch as long as it comes with a good sit-down and your choice of beverage.  Mine's a tea, thank you.

On my tour I had spotted a new kid on the block Alison Davies and had admired her lovely furniture and papers and her beautiful display - her site is also lovely to look at - great marketing going on here.  

It worked its magic and I went back and bought four items and made a note of what else I want next time I see her.  Incidentally she is Pat of Lili-Anne fame's daughter so she must be steeped in all things miniature.  Her mom has eased back this summer and Dolls House Direct are now marketing her lovely bathrooms.

I then visited the Little Dolls House Company and bought a pair of lights and, being sort of frugal, managed to talk myself out of another pair I liked and a pretty chandelier.  An hour later I was back buying the other pair of lights, but I still resisted this chandelier:

Sunday morning, just after ten and I was back there for it, only to discover I had missed it by a hair's whisker.  A lady had arrived at ten to buy it and while she was deliberating about the price the lady waiting patiently behind here bought it!  Lesson learned.  If you really love something - get it - worry about the money later!

I won't take you through the umpteen other vendors that have my pennies - if you want to see what I bought go and visit my Dalton House blog.

I am not sure there is anything I can add to the masses of information you can find on Minatura's site regarding the venue but here is my take on it.

The NEC is HUGE - be prepared and do your homework as to how you are going to get to it and get around it.  

You can get to the show via min-rail link from Birmingham's main railway station and everything is under cover door to door - still quite a lot of walking just to do this - the atrium itself is massive.  You can extend this and even fly in using all the links from the airport to the door.

For most of us I suspect, we either stay 'on campus' or drive there on the day.  If you have another half like me who doesn't do the show but is happy to drop you off you can't get very close to the halls and so have to walk quite a way from wherever you are dropped..... and we know about British weather. Best way to go about this is don't try for a close drop-off place (there isn't one) but get dropped at the bus stop by the car park instead - out of the car on to a bus, free ride up to the halls and dropped outside the door.  Easy peasy.

If you are driving and parking, the car parking is always free - you need to pick up a ticket from the show as you leave.  The show information doesn't always make that clear and the advertised £12 a day or £20 for nearer car park might affect whether you want to go at all/one day/two days.  Nil desperandum, as I said it is always free on both days.

Our hotel (Holiday Inn Express) is a couple of minutes away by car and each day K dropped me off as described above and I got a taxi back to the hotel when I was finished.  £4.40 on the clock, £5 announced by driver(s) so with a £2 tip that's not a cheap way to travel a couple of minutes, but very convenient.

Taxis are allowed to drop off outside the Hall, but I was told by an 'official' in the hall there is no taxi rank outside and they can't pick up.  So, I had better whisper this, but I got a cab easily on both days, just outside the door.  If this is your chosen mode though you could always book one to pick you up as they are allowed to do that.  Book it from somewhere other than the show - again I was told to go to the Business Centre or the station to book a cab - both are long hikes away.

Miniatura have added in a couple of tables at the front of the hall, newspapers and jigsaws, so you or your companion can take a breather - nice touch - I used the area on both days to regroup mentally, as well as physically and to work out my next sortie.

I am not sure what else you might want to know but if there's anything specific just email me.  

In summary, my definite four shows a year here in the UK are two at York and two at the NEC, so Miniatura certainly ticks my boxes.

Apologies for lack of photos here but it is very time consuming, I don't take my camera now I am not 'working' and the traders are so busy it is an imposition just to ask if its OK to take a photo.  Many (quite rightly) refuse as this is an area rich in picking up someone else's ideas and making it yourself and, even worse, making and selling several look-alikes.

I am hoping I can get a press release from the nice Andy Hopwood with photos and eventually a link to a video (?)  Watch this space... meanwhile ....

I am off to play with all my lovely new 'toys'.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Film from April Miniatura

Here's a nice little 'taster' following the April Show.  It is from the Miniatura website.  Click on the link as it has other pictures and information.  Me? - currently on a count down....