Make Fathers Day special this year at Chester-Le-Street Toy Fair
By Charles Paxton
Should you be looking to spoil your Dad this Fathers’ Day with some nostalgic toys, models or figures, consider popping over the Pennines with him to the Chester-Le-Street Toy Fair on Sunday. You can find the latest details at http://www.carlisletoyfair.com/clstf_visitors.html
Did you know that Carlisle Toy Fair has new organizers now? Jim and Therese Corr of Durham Vintage Toys have recently donned that mantle. They have plenty of experience in such things as they also run the Gateshead Toy Fair and Chester-Le-Street Toy Fair.
Jim tells me Chester-Le-Street Toy, Train and Sci-fi Collectors Fair will be open from 10.30 am – 3.30 pm with entry just £2.50 for adults and £1.50 for Senior citizens and children under 16. You can buy, sell or swap treasures from the toy box at
Park View Community School, North Lodge, Lombard Drive DH3 4BB
Note that Early Bird Tickets enable entry from 8 am for £5
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By Charles Paxton
Cumbria’s largest toy fair will return to Carlisle’s H&H Convention Centre on Sunday September 28th for the second time in 2014. The fair is biannual and now’s the chance to admire, buy, swap or sell the toys, models, figures and games of years past in preparation for Christmas.
This time you can purchase Early Bird tickets and thus get in before the main opening! See Carlisle Toy Fair website for all the latest information!
The March 2014 Fair was the best attended yet, and there’ll be a host of new and familiar trader stalls again for the September fair which promises new treasures of the toy boxes and cabinets of northern Britain!
Whether you are into Daleks or dolls, light sabres or light railway locomotives, there’s a huge range of models, figures and toys. There are also display cabinets for your treasures. When hunger strikes or you need to rest your feet a while there’s great food at the H&H centre’s Borderway Cafe. There you can refresh yourselves while you talk toys together, admire your prized purchases or just reflect on all the amazing things you’ve seen and what you’ll be seeing next.
There are interesting displays every time. At the March ’14 toy fair we saw Meccano robotic magicians and an enormous crane courtesy of the North East Meccano Society. Please don’t be shy to ask questions about the things you like because there are mavens here from northern Britain who are happy to impart their considerable knowledge to fellow model and toy-lovers regardless of your own passion, whether it be railways, military vehicles, diggers, tractors, rockets, board games or soft-toys.
There will be treasure-trove of classic models, toys, figures and games on display and for sale at Carlisle’s Toy Fair on Sunday March 23rd at Carlisle’s H&H Borderway Exhibition centre, at Rosehill, accessible just off the M6 at junction 43. This biannual event is Cumbria’s largest toy fair and it draws enthusiasts from far and wide. For collectors it presents an opportunity to seek particular treasures, for the rest of us serendipitous chance to find the kinds of toys that we always wanted (or wanted more of) and a reunion with the things we may have wrecked or lost as children. For parents it is an opportunity to find something special for birthdays or Christmas. Die-cast military, civilian and agricultural vehicles are available in various conditions from mint boxed to battered veterans of the sand-pit. All the big names in models are there: classic Dinky,Corgi, Matchbox, Hornby, Mecanno, Triang, Britains, Bassett-Lowke and more besides. Many of the traders are happy to chat about their wares and tell you the historical background of a particular model or toy. Furthermore there’ll also be display cabinet trade stands so you can protect and show-case your collections!
Entry is just £2.50 for adults and 50p for children under 10. There’s free parking on site and plenty to see and a lot of expertise gathered under one roof and for refreshments there’s a very good cafe with a range of tasty snacks and drinks.
You can find full details on The Carlisle Toy Fair official website.