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.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Midlands Dolls House and Miniatures Fair: 17 November 2013

.........otherwise known as the Droitwich show, organised by Warners Shows in association with Dolls House and Miniature Scene magazine
The Impney Regent Centre, Droitwich Spa
17th November 2013

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Ken and I drove down to Château Impney on Saturday for an overnighter ready for the show the next day.  The hotel is in the most wonderful 'house' (plus 100 acres).  We had a lovely leisurely start after lunch at home and arrived in time for tea.  Dinner in (not) the restaurant was very good and super value at three courses for £19.95.  I am not sure if they offer something more when the main restaurant is open.  At the moment it is closed for refurbishment - due to finish a couple of months ago?  It was still very pleasant and I was just thrilled to be actually staying there.  I am a Brummie, born and bred, so Château Impney has a certain caché for me and in my growing-up years I would never have imagined I would step through its portals.  Just see what having a passion for minis can bring!

Following a scrumptious breakfast I toddled off to the show.  There are something like sixty vendors which doesn't sound huge but I can honestly say they lasted me the whole day. These sixty vendors covered 125 stands, so there was plenty to go at.  I always arrive for the early entrance at 10 am (pre-bookers often get an extra half hour before a show) and  I spend the first couple of hours just methodically covering the whole room; in this case a large hall and another room.

I met Ken for lunch.  The restaurant is in the same building; you can see its balcony on the right in the this photo.  Again, the food was brilliant as it is still the Château's catering.  Sadly I was only ready for a toasted teacake and a cuppa and off I went again. This photo was taken nearly at the end of the show when the crowds had thinned out.  The traders I spoke to said they thought they had done well.

At 1pm Graham Barlow of the Miniature Scene of York was doing an Open Book Workshop.  For just five pounds you got two kits to make an open leather covered book.  One was already cut and just ready for you to assemble alongside Graham and the other was a packet of what you'd need to make another.  What a bargain.

At 2.15 Jane Harrop gave a talk about giving tired miniatures a face lift.

I decided to attend both of these but I am embarrassed to admit to being very rude and sneaking off before Jane finished as my other half came and whispered scone and tea to me. One cream scone with jam and a cuppa later we were wending our way home with all my little treasures from the day.  Here they are....

I have wanted a baby house almost since I started this hobby, but could never afford the kits.  The Bespaq cupboard itself costs around $100 (£60).  I bought this part-made one for £35 and it has all the rest of the kit with it.  I've checked through and it is complete.  Indeed who ever owned it has added a few bits and pieces. In case you aren't sure what you are looking at here, the cupboard is a 1/12th replica which makes the contents 144ths.  Whoever started this kit has made a fabulous job of painting the items.  I have no idea where to share the progress of this with you - maybe here? - as it doesn't fit in any of my fourteen blogs!! (click on the picture to see the detail)

Here's Paul for Muir House (the 1/24th project).  He's better in real life.  I am considering pinching someone else's characters to live here - remember Paul Temple and his wife Steve?  Nah, thought you wouldn't - so that's a good thing, makes them easier to steal for my narrative for Muir House. 
This was also bought for Muir house but by mistake.  I knew I wanted an Aga but afterwards realised I wanted it for the Gate House (1/48th project) not Muir House.  I am now debating whether it will work in Muir House.  It probably will; I just need to do a bit of research as to the history of Agas - I am sure they were around in 1937 but its a case of who would actually buy one.

(PS - written later - doesn't work in Muir House - no chimney for the flue!  if anyone is looking for a lovely metal Aga from Malcolm's Miniatures.  It is yours for £20 o.n.o. plus postage.)
I bought  eleven pieces of white kitchenware from Jan's minis; again this is half scale and for Muir house.  I won't show them all to you here.  They will be in the album attached to Muir House or the one for the show if you want to have a look at them.
I saw this bed made up (also Jan's Minis) and liked it.  It is destined for the maid's room but if it comes up as well as the sample one I will buy another and use them both in the guest bedroom instead.

The show-stopper for me was this lovely Christmas market stall from Jane Harrop.  It is incredibly pretty and Arts and Craftsy which I love.  I am the luckiest lady as I am now the proud owner of all the little things inside the stall.  They will be my Christmas decorations in the Gate house.  To see those you'll need to go to the album that belongs to the Gate House  or the one for the show.

Last, but not least, I found the right date Fairy liquid for Chocolat's kitchen.  It was introduced in 1959 so this is spot on.
The poster is just a bonus as it is the 'packaging' in the bag that the liquid was put in.



  1. Hello Em! I love the reports on the various fairs that you attend and the visits with the vendors! I have always had a keen interest in the British way of enjoying this hobby and so the expressions of what are collectable for the English consumer I find very intriguing! I never heard of Fairy liquid before! Was it a syrup?
    Tell me More! I LOVE THE BABY HOUSE! You really scored on that one! I think that the finish of the wood is really beautiful and the mini mini contents are fascinating! I love the way you shop! :D You haul from the shows keep me glued to my seat wondering just how they will be used and I am never disappointed, either! Keep up the great blogs and although I am not a smaller scale affection-ado, I will be tuning in regularly to see just what you are up to! Enjoy your time in Florida and Have a Wonderful New Years Em!


  2. Hello Elizabeth - nice to see you. Like you I follow this hobby on both sides of the pond and cherry pick what I want from each. Fairy Liquid is a washing up liquid (detergent for dishes) - probably the first of its kind sold on a massive scale in the UK back in the fifties. 'Hands that do dishes can be soft as your face with mild green fairy liquid' (sung!) - how about that for great advertising - jingle still stuck in there after sixty years! There's a blog for the baby house, so keep an eye on that as I do a refurb on it when I get back next Spring. You can find all my blogs from the link at the top left. I am quite cross with myself because I have already redone the kitchen and sitting room but I never took photos before I left. What a chump. Still not sure I am a small scale person either but it is going to be interesting having a crack at it. Glad I have people like you to share it with.

  3. Hi again Em! I too am stuck with advertising jingles that I know every word to same as you! "A young mind is a terrible thing to waste" on soap suds! Oh, If Only I could remember Math the same way that I recall Alkeseltzer's antacid tablet commercials! " For a cold ( achoo!) head-ache too (boom boom) or if your stomach is upset.... "


  4. Those guys knew what they were doing!