UK Mini – Ship Shows, 2021 (& onwards … )

(Last updated 4th May, 2021)

The majority of these events are ‘Mini-Ship Shows’ – for collectors of 1/1200 & 1/1250 scale ship models to meet, buy and swop. There will usually be booksellers, dealers in collectables & ephemera, etc., present and sometimes there will be a ‘demonstration’ wargame. Other events are advertised as ‘Ship Shows’ and although model dealers may be present it is not guaranteed that there will be. I have attempted to be accurate in this but, if in doubt, check with the organiser!

(UK Dealers also attend other ‘Collectors Fairs’ – please contact them direct for details of these. Some organisers of UK Fairs are: J J Webb Toyfairs, BP Fairs, & Bulldog Fairs)

This page is provided free by Tim Hudson of ‘Photrek’ – it has no connection with any other UK supplier or dealer. I organise the events in the Lincoln area whilst the others are organised by my good friends at Waterline Ship Enthusiasts. If you have been brought here by a link to this site from another event – please remember – its not one of mine!
Some of these shows are some distance ahead, but can be reasonably sure that these events will take place. You are asked to respect the copyright of this page.

(As much for my own interest as anything I’m putting together a retrospective list of ‘Ship shows’ in the UK TJH 31/12/2006)

2021 UK Mini-Ship Shows (including ‘Ship Shows’)

Lockdown 3 continues (checked & amended 04/05/2021)
Barry Potter Fairs (East & North) are now offering some shows. J&J Webb (East & London – Brentwood) have cancelled all events except that they now have some ‘proposed’ dates on their website). Bulldog Fairs are now offering some events in the South West.
‘Coastal Shipping’South West Ship Show in May is cancelled – now on 11th September. North West Ship Show 2021 is CANCELLED.
Ocean Liner Society – Southampton 15th May – CANCELLED – now 20th NOVEMBER, 2021
Lincoln Mini-Ship Show – is pencilled in for Sunday July 25th but obviously things may alter.
WSE Shows – (Dreadnought) are as listed below – the March 21st event is cancelled.
I attempt to keep things up-to-date but, obviously, we live in difficult circumstances and I can only offer the information I have.

21st  March, 2021 Theale (Reading:
RG7 5AS) Dave Willcocks (02392 352383) now CANCELLED

May, 2021 Bristol Ship Show – now scheduled for 11th September.

15th May, 2021 (Saturday) Ocean Liner Society (Masonic Hall, Albion Place, Soton, SO14 2DD ) (Contact email) (EVENT RESCHEDULED FROM NOVEMBER, 2020) (NOW CANCELLED – RESCHEDULED TO 20th NOVEMBER, 2021)

23rd May, 2021 Wellow VH (nr Southampton: SO51 6BR) Dave Willcocks (02392 352383) CANCELLED

11th July, 2021 Theale (Reading: RG7 5AS) Dave Willcocks (02392 352383)

25th July, 2021 Lincoln – more details nearer the time – please contact Tim Hudson (01522 524672)

11th September 2021 Bristol (South West Ship Show) – Coastal Shipping: See note above.

October, 2021 Liverpool (L’Pool Ship Show) Now cancelled- Coastal Shipping: See note above.

10th October, 2021 Theale (Reading: RG7 5AS) Dave Willcocks (02392 352383)

20th November, 2021 (Saturday) Ocean Liner Society (Masonic Hall, Albion Place, Soton, SO14 2DD ) (Contact email) (EVENT RESCHEDULED FROM MAY, 2021)

28th November, 2021 Wellow VH (nr Southampton: SO51 6BR) Dave Willcocks (02392 352383)

2020 UK Mini-Ship Shows (including ‘Ship Shows’)

15th  March, 2020 Theale (Reading:
RG7 5AS) Dave Willcocks (02392 352383)

9th May 2020 (Saturday) South-West Ship Show, Bristol, BS34 7RG (NB not Portishead) Bernard McCall POSTPONED UNTIL 20TH SEPTEMBER

24th May, 2020 Wellow VH (nr Southampton: SO51 6BR) Dave Willcocks (02392 352383) (RECHEDULED TO 23rd AUGUST)

5th July, 2020 Theale (Reading: RG7 5AS) Dave Willcocks (02392 352383) (RESCHEDULED TO 9th AUGUST)

26th July, 2020 Lincoln (This was formerly the Welton event- now in a new location: Dunholme VH: LN2 3SU) Tim Hudson (RESCHEDULED TO 4th OCTOBER – NOW CANCELLED)

9th August, 2020 Theale (Reading: RG7 5AS) Dave Willcocks (02392 352383) (RESCHEDULED FROM 5th JULY). Please see this Dockside page (and this one) for details of Social distancing, etc. at this and the Wellow event in August.

23rd August 2020   Wellow VH (nr Southampton: SO51 6BR) Dave Willcocks (02392 352383) (RESCHEDULED FROM 24th MAY – CONFIRMED). Please see this Dockside page for details of Social distancing, etc. at this and the Theale event in August.

20th September, 2020 (Sunday) South-West Ship Show, Bristol, BS34 7RG (NB not Portishead) Bernard McCall (CANCELLED)

3rd October, 2020 (Saturday) North-West Ship Show (Old Christ Church, L’pool: L22 1RE) Bernard McCall (CANCELLED)

4th October 2020 (Sunday) Lincoln (This was formerly the Welton event- now in a new location: Faldingworth VH: LN8 3SE) Tim Hudson (EVENT RECHEDULED FROM 26th JULYDUE TO RISING COVID CASES & THE GENERAL UNCERTAINTY I HAVE HAD TO CANCEL THE EVENT)

11th October, 2020 Theale (Reading: RG7 5AS) Dave Willcocks (02392 352383) NOW CANCELLED: EVENT RESCHEDULED TO 6th DECEMBER, 2020)

7th November, 2020 (Saturday) Ocean Liner Society (Masonic Hall, Albion Place, Soton, SO14 2DD ) (Contact email ) (EVENT RESCHEDULED TO 15th MAY, 2021)

29th November, 2020 Wellow VH (nr Southampton: SO51 6BR) Dave Willcocks (02392 352383) CANCELLED

6th December, 2020 Theale (Reading: RG7 5AS) Dave Willcocks (02392 352383) (EVENT RESCHEDULED FROM 11th OCTOBER, 2020) NOW CANCELLED

2019 UK Mini-Ship Shows (including ‘Ship Shows’)

17th  March, 2019 Theale (Reading:
RG7 5AS) Dave Willcocks

27th April, 2019 (Saturday) South West Ship Show, Bristol, BS34 7RG (NB not Portishead) Bernard McCall

19th May, 2019   Wellow VH (nr Southampton:
SO51 6BR) Dave Willcocks


25th May, 2019 (Saturday) Kassel (Germany)

7th July, 2019 Theale (Reading:
RG7 5AS) Dave Willcocks

28th July, 2019 Welton (Lincoln)
NB New location (Dunholme VH: LN2 3SU) Tim Hudson


5th October, 2019 (Saturday) North-West Ship Show (Old Christ Church, L’pool: L22 1RE) Bernard McCall

13th October, 2019 Theale (Reading:
RG7 5AS) Dave Willcocks (02392 352383)

16th November, 2019 Ocean Liner Society (Masonic Hall, Albion Place, Soton, SO14 2DD) (Contact email )

24th November, 2019 Wellow VH (nr Southampton: SO51 6BR) Dave Willcocks (02392 352383)

A ‘Retrospective List’ of Mini-ship Shows.