UK Scale Model Shows in 2024

Everybody, especially grown-up and young kids, loves scale models*. That’s everything from large radio-controlled model aircraft and ships – through detailed model cars, trucks, Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV), figures, space & sci-fi, scenes & dioramas – to elaborate model railways in all gauges down to tiny z-scale. There are whole worlds in miniature on display at model engineering shows, exhibitions and other events, for the whole family to enjoy. And the entry fees are usually as ‘cheap as chips’!

So, if you happen to be in the neighbourhood when a model show/display is taking place, why not pop along?

These are some events I’m aware of for this year.

NMRC – Model Railway Exhibition 06 Apr 24 Hellesdon High School, Norwich NR6 5SB Norwich Model Railway Club exhibition.
Welling Model Club Show 06 Apr 24 Falconwood Community Centre, Welling DA16 2PG Model aircraft, Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV), figures, Sci-Fi, cars, etc.
East Midlands Model Show 07 Apr 24 Hinkley Leisure Centre, Hinkley LE10 1BZ Wide range of scale plastic models
Yeovil Model Show 07 Apr 24 Westfield Academy, Yeovil BA21 3EJ Plastic scale model show
NewGOG – South Wales O Gauge Show 13 Apr 24 Lysaght Institute, Newport NP19 0RA “7mm” or Gauge O railway modelling show.
Sword & Lance Show 13 Apr 24 Northern Echo Arena, Darlington DL2 1DL Figurines, military figures and plastic scale models
Poole Vikings Show 13 Apr 24 Parkstone Grammar School, Poole BH17 7EP Scale plastic model show
Royston Model Railway Exhibition 13 Apr 24 Bassingbourn Village College, Royston SG8 5NJ Royston & District Model Railway Club exhibition featuring around 18 layouts.
Calne Model Railway Show 13/14 Apr 24 Calne Leisure Centre, Calne SN11 0SP Local show with six layouts
Statfold Model Railway Exhibition 13/14 Apr 24 Statfold Country Park, Tamworth B79 0BU Multiple layouts and exhibitors
Macclesfield Model Railway Exhibition 20/21 Apr 24 Tytherington School, Macclesfield SK10 2EE Local railway modeller group exhibition
National Garden Railway Show 27 Apr 24 NAEC Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth CV8 2LH The 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers show featuring 17 layouts in a variety of garden scales, and 70+ trade stands & exhibitors
Model World Live 27/28 Apr 24 Hall 12, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham B40 1NT A new national scale model and model railway engineering show.
Scottish National Scale Model Show 27/28 Apr 24 Live Active Dewars Centre, Perth TH2 0PH Plastic scale model exhibition
Bristol Model Railway Exhibition 03-05 May 24 Thornbury Leisure Centre, Bristol BS35 3JB 30+ layouts from around the UK.
South Downs Model Show 04 May 24 Bohunt High School, Worthing, West Sussex BN14 8AH Plastic scale model club show
expoEM Spring Show 11/12 May 24 Bracknell Leisure Centre, Bracknell RG12 9SE EM Gauge (4mm/ft) spring show with 4 railway layouts
Mildenhall Model Fair 18 May 24 The Jubilee Centre, Mildenhall IP28 7HG Military vehicles, aircraft, cars and figures.
Colne Valley Railway Miniature Steam Up 18 May 24 Yeldham Road, Colne CO9 3DZ An all steam event on CVR’s miniature 7¼” track with a number of visiting locomotives
Jarrow MRC Exhibition 18/19 May 24 Primrose Community Association, Jarrow NE32 6QY Jarrow Model Railway Club annual exhibition showing around 18 layouts.
de Havilland Aircraft Museum Model Show 19 May 24 de Havilland Aircraft Museum, London Colney AL2 1BU Plastic scale model show with the real thing in the background
Railex 2024 25/26 May 24 Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Aylesbury HP21 9PP Risborough and District Model Railway Club show with 13+ layouts
Cam & Dursley Model Railway Exhibition 26 May 24 Dursley & District Community Centre, Dursley GL11 4BX The first exhibition by the Wings & Wheels Society, Dursley and the Gloucester O Gauge Guild, with around a dozen layouts.
Exmoor Rail Model Railway Show 01 Jun 24 West Somerset College, Bircham Road, Minehead TA24 6AY Model railway exhibition with 18 layouts and trade stands
Gauge O Guild – Summer Show 01 Jun 24 Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury-on-Thames TW16 5AQ “7mm” or Gauge O railway modelling show.
IPMS Salisbury Scale Model Show 01 Jun 24 Wyvern St Edmund’s Sports Hall, Laverstock, Salisbury SP1 1RE Plastic model show
Teesside Model Flying Club Airshow 01/02 Jun 24 TMFC, Stockton-on-Tees TS21 1EW Large RC models on static display and flying
Shildon Model Railway Club Exhibition 01/02 Jun 24 OakLeaf Sports Complex, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6QZ Model railway exhibition with 15+ layouts and trade stands
Milton Keynes Model Railway Society Annual Show 08 Jun 24 The Ridgeway Centre, Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes MK12 5TH 22 layouts including the club’s new O gauge layout ‘Frimingham’, and trade stands.
Mid Suffolk Light Railway Big ‘0’ Show 09 Jun 24 Brockford Station, Wetheringsett, Stowmarket IP14 5PW Event day at the “Middy” heritage railway with 10+ ‘0’ gauge layouts.
Norwich Model Boat Club – Military Day 09 Jun 24 Model Boat Club, Eaton Park, Norwich NR4 7AU The NMBC has a busy programme of events between Apr – Oct for RC yachts, warships, tugs, steamships and submarines on its large pond in Eaton park. This event will feature RC Boats, Trucks, 4×4’s and Tanks
Weston Park Air Show International 14 – 16 Jun 24 Weston Park, Telford TF11 8LE Model RC aircraft, helicopters and hovercraft
St Neots Model Railway Club – Exhibition 15 Jun 24 The Priory Centre, St Neots, Cambs PE19 2BH Displaying the club’s layouts
Exe Model Railway Exhibition 22/23 Jun 24 Matford Centre, Matford Park Rd, Exeter EX2 8FD Exe Model Railway Society’s Diamond Jubilee exhibition. 30+ layouts and 15 traders.
Rhyl & District Model Railway Club Exhibition 29 Jun 24 Christ Church and Community Hall, High Street, Prestatyn Wales 12+ working layouts in “N” to “O” gauges. (Not much info on their dormant website)
Axminster Model Railway Exhibition 30 Jun 24 The Railway Kitchen, Station Yard, Axminster EX13 5PF Fund-raising event for ‘The Love of a Railway’ model railway project. Up to nine layouts on show, plus the ‘Love of a Railway’ layout, a work in progress recreating the old Axminster – Lyme Regis line.
Romsey & District Rail Modellers Society – open day 06 Jul 24 Scout HQ, Braishfield Road, Romsey SO51 0PB An open day with around 10 layouts.
Felixstowe Area Group – N Gauge Model Railway Show 13 Jul 24 The Memorial Hall, Trimley St Martin, Felixstowe IP11 0RJ Small N-gauge show with 9+ layouts
East Dorset N-Gauge Group Anniversary Show 20 Jul 24 Kinson community centre, Pelhams Park, Bournemouth BH10 7LH A celebration event marking the group’s 30th Anniversary with 11 N-gauge layouts.
Sleap Large Model Airshow 27/28 Jul 24 Shropshire Aero Club, Harmer Hill, Shrewsbury SY4 3HE Large RC model aircraft show
Elvington Large Model Airshow 10/11 Aug 24 Elvington Airfield, Elvington, York YO41 4AU Large RC model air show. (Next to the Yorkshire Air Museum – drop in!)
expoEM Summer Show 17/18 Aug 24 Kettlethorpe High School, Wakefield WF2 7EL Eight fine scale EM Gauge (4mm/ft) railway layouts.
MSLR Model Mania & Hornby Collectors Day 25/26 Aug 24 Brockford Station, Wetheringsett, Stowmarket IP14 5PW Event day at the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway (aka “the Middy”) heritage railway. A celebration of models of all sorts; model boats, planes, trains and vehicles.
Gauge O Guild – Guildex 7/8 Sep 24 Bingley Hall, Stafford Showground, Stafford ST18 0BD “7mm” or Gauge O railway modelling show.
Much Markle Large Model Airshow 07/08 Sep 24 Much Markle Steam Show Site, Ledbury HR8 2LX Large model air show
Oxrail 2024 08 Sep 24 Edward Feild School, Bicester Rd, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 2LG Oxford & District Model Railway Club’s annual show with 9+ layouts, traders and local organisation
IPMS Farnborough Modelfest 08 Sep 24 Hart Leisure Centre, Emerald Avenue, Fleet GU51 5HS Plastic scale model show of aircraft, cars/trucks, ships, tanks/military vehicles, sci-fi & figures, plus plenty of trade stands.
Swansea Model Railway Exhibition 14/15 Sep 24 Swansea Leisure Centre, Swansea SA1 3ST Model railway show
International N-Gauge Show 14/15 Sep 24 Warwickshire Event Centre, Southam Road, Leamington Spa CV31 1FE A range of modern image, steam, continental and American N-gauge layouts, plus society displays and over 30 specialist suppliers.
Swindon Railway Festival 14/15 Sep 24 Steam Museum, Swindon SN2 2EY 20+ model railway layouts displayed alongside the real thing; Swindon-built locomotives.
Shildon Model Railway Club Autumn Exhibition 05/06 Oct 24 Locomotion, 1 Dale Rd, Shildon DL4 4RE Model railway exhibition with 20+ layouts and trade stands
Aldershot Model Railway Exhibition 12/13 Oct 24 Alderwood Leisure Centre, Aldershot GU12 4AS Farnham & District Model Railway Club layouts
Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition 17-20 Oct 24 Warwickshire Event Centre, Southam Road, Leamington Spa, CV31 1FE A major show with over 30 clubs and societies displaying hundreds of exhibits in a wide range of scales, including locomotives & rolling stock, aircraft and marine models, stationary engines, and machine tools. Plus over 40 traders.
Blackpool Model Show 19/20 Oct 24 Norbreck Castle Hotel, Blackpool FY2 9AA Large show focused on RC and static model boats, ships, trucks, and tanks. See a video from last year.
Newbury Model Railway Exhibition 02 Nov 24 St Bartholomew’s School, Newbury RG14 6JP Around 15 club layouts
Spalding Model Railway Exhibition 02/03 Nov 24 Springfield Events Centre, Spalding PE12 6ET Club show with around 20 layouts
LOMEX 02/03 Nov 24 East Coast College, Lowestoft NR32 2NB The Lowestoft Model Engineering and Model Making Exhibition has a mixture of scale models, steam traction engines & locomotives, RC aircraft and boats.
Falkirk Model Railway Exhibition 16/17 Nov 24 Grangemouth Athletic Stadium, Grangemouth FK3 0EE Annual club show with around a dozen layouts
National Festival of Railway Modelling 23/24 Nov 24 Hall 5, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham B40 1NT Billed as the UKs largest railway modelling exhibition with over 60 of the country’s best model railways, and 70+ manufacturers, retailers, specialist suppliers and clubs/societies.
Gauge O Guild – Winter Show 07 Dec 24 Robin Park Leisure Centre, Newtown, Wigan WN5 0UL “7mm” or Gauge O railway modelling show.

* If that weren’t true, Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg wouldn’t be regularly voted ‘Germany’s Most Popular Tourist Attraction’ by the German National Tourist Office!

 

 

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