(Last updated 17th January, 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 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)
2021 UK Mini-Ship Shows (including ‘Ship Shows’)
Written as Lockdown 3 starts (checked 17/01/2021)
Barry Potter Fairs (East & North) and Bulldog Fairs have cancelled all events until further notice. J & J Webb – (East & London – Brentwood) are all cancelled, except they have ‘proposed’ dates on their website.
‘Coastal Shipping’ – South West Ship Show in May is cancelled – hopefully in September. North West Ship Show is probably cancelled.
Ocean Liner Society – Southampton 15th May – still TBC
Lincoln Mini-Ship Show – is pencilled in for Sunday July 25th but obviously things may alter.
WSE Shows – (Dreadnought) are still as listed below.
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 -hopefully now in September – From ‘Coastal Shipping’
We have been very disappointed that so many events had to be cancelled and we have not been able to meet you as we would have liked in 2020, so we will be delighted to meet as many of you as possible at our trade stand at the following events in 2021. All of the dates below are provisional and conditional on the state of the pandemic at the time. We are not currently planning a North West Ship Show in 2021, but we are hoping to be able to hold the South West Ship Show in September 2021. Sat 10 April 2021: South East Bus Festival, Kent Showground, DETLING, ME14 3JF Sun 11 April 2021: Spring Bus & Coach Gathering, London Bus Museum, Brooklands Road, WEYBRIDGE, KT13 0QS Sat 15 May 2021: Ocean Liner Ship Show, Masonic Hall, Albion Place, SOUTHAMPTON, SO14 2DD Sun 27 June 2021: Summer Event, London Bus Museum, Brooklands Road, WEYBRIDGE, KT13 0QS Sun 11 July 2021: Mini Ship Show, Theale Village Hall, Englefield Road, THEALE, RG7 5AS Sun 18 July 2021: Alton Bus Rally, Anstey Park, Anstey Lane, Alton, HAMPSHIRE, GU34 2NB Sat 24/Sun 25 July 2021: Portishead Summer Show, Clevedon Road, PORTISHEAD, BS20 7RA Sun 26 September 2021: Showbus, Hertfordshire County Showground, REDBOURN, AL3 7PT Sun 10 October 2021: Mini Ship Show, Theale Village Hall, Englefield Road, THEALE, RG7 5AS
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.