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
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
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
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
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 finescale EM Gauge (4mm/ft) railway layouts.
Gauge O Guild – Guildex 07/08 Sep 24 Bingley Hall, Stafford Showground, Stafford ST18 0BD “7mm” or Gauge O railway modelling show.
Much Markle Large Model Airshow 7/8 Sep 24 Much Markle Steam Show Site, Ledbury HR8 2LX Large model air show
Swansea Model Railway Exhibition 14/15 Sep 24 Swansea Leisure Centre, Swansea SA1 3ST Model railway show
Swindon Railway Festival 14/15 Sep 24 Steam Museum, Swindon SN2 2EY 20+ model railway layouts displayed alongside the real thing; Swindon-built locomotives.
Aldershot Model Railway Exhibition 12/13 Oct 24 Alderwood Leisure Centre, Aldershot GU12 4AS Farnham & District Model Railway Club layouts
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 2/3 Nov 24 Springfield Events Centre, Spalding PE12 6ET Club show with around 20 layouts
LOMEX 2/3 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
Gauge O Guild – Winter Show 07 Dec 24 Robin Park Leisure Centre, Newtown, Wigan WN5 0UL “7mm” or Gauge O railway modelling show.

* If they didn’t, 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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