Autumn’s Carlisle Toy Fair, September 28th

a classic model train in motion at Carlisle Toy Fair 2014

There’ll be classic, vintage and new trains, planes, trucks, tanks, dolls, soft toys, movie and TV memorabilia, posters and games at Carlisle’s Autumn Toy Fair on Sunday, September 28, 2014

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!

Enthusiasts exchange specialist knowledge at Carlisle Toy Fair

Talk to knowledgeable enthusiasts at the displays !

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.

Model cars and trucks and much more , Carlisle Toy Fair is an ideal hunting ground for for collectors and Christmas shoppers alike.

Model cars and trucks and much more , Carlisle Toy Fair is an ideal hunting ground for for collectors and Christmas shoppers alike.

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.

Joe Etheridge, North East Meccano Society President with The Meccano Wizard which performs robotic magic tricks!

Joe Etheridge, North East Meccano Society President with The Meccano Wizard which performs robotic magic tricks!

Daleks and steam engines, there's a wide range of models and toys at Carlisle Toy Fair to suit varied tastes.

Daleks and steam engines, there’s a wide range of models and toys at Carlisle Toy Fair to suit varied tastes.

Carlisle Toy Fair organizer, Alan Gunston of AG Collectibles displaying his increasingly popular poster art work at the March 2014 Carlisle Toy Fair.  Alan's love of trains and bridges is conveyed in his atmospheric fine art poster prints on railway themes!

Carlisle Toy Fair organizer, Alan Gunston of AG Collectibles displaying his increasingly popular poster art work at the March 2014 Carlisle Toy Fair. Alan’s love of trains and bridges is conveyed in his atmospheric fine art poster prints on railway themes!

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Classic Models and Toys at Carlisle Toy Fair on March 23rd 2014

Alan Gunston, Carlisle Toy Fair Organiser, loves the models, the trade and the talk.

Alan Gunston, Carlisle Toy Fair Organiser, loves the models, the trade and the talk.

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!

Overview of Carlisle Toy Fair

Overview of Carlisle Toy Fair

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.

Classic clockwork train set at Carlisle Toy Fair

Train enthusiasts will find much to delight them! This one, run by clockwork is a good example.

Talking toys, buying, selling and swapping. It's all great fun.

Talking toys, buying, selling and swapping. It’s all great fun.

People discussing toys at Carlisle Toy Fair

Exchanging information is a large part of the fun!

There'll even be two display cabinet traders at this Carlisle Toy Fair, so you can organise and showcase your treasures!

There’ll even be two display cabinet traders at this Carlisle Toy Fair, so you can organise and showcase your treasures!

You can find full details on The Carlisle Toy Fair official website.