(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!
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.
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)
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)
2020 UK Mini-Ship Shows (including ‘Ship Shows’)
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.
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 JULY – DUE 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) 2019 UK Mini-Ship Shows (including ‘Ship Shows’) 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)
A ‘Retrospective List’ of Mini-ship Shows.