UK Mini – Ship Shows, 2020 (& onwards … )

(Last updated 4th August, 2020)

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)

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 at Welton 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)

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

COVID 19 – HOPEFULLY TO STATE THE OBVIOUS: THE UK IS SLOWLY MOVING OUT OF ‘LOCKDOWN’ AND THERE IS A POSSIBILITY AT THE TIME OF WRITING THAT THE AUGUST & LATER EVENTS MAY TAKE PLACE BUT POSSIBLY NOT IN THE FORMAT THAT WE ARE USED TO.
MORE INFO WILL COME OUT BUT THE SITUATION IS FLUID.
KEEP SAFE – KEEP SANE – KEEP WELL!
(THIS LIST WAS UPDATED ON 4th August)

As of 4th August all Collectors Fairs organised by J & J Webb & Barry Potter are cancelled until further notice. As of 1st August Bulldog Fairs are offering an event at Exeter in September. (Cancelled as of 4th August)

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)

9th August, 2020 Theale (Reading: RG7 5AS) Dave Willcocks (02392 352383) (RESCHEDULED FROM 5th JULYCONFIRMED). 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: Dunholme VH: LN2 3SU) Tim Hudson (EVENT RECHEDULED FROM 26th JULY)

11th October, 2020 Theale (Reading: RG7 5AS) Dave Willcocks (02392 352383)

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)

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.