Photos by Rob Tysall
Forced to postpone three Miniatura Shows over the last 18 months due to Covid, at long last the Miniatura show will go on. Ann Evans has the details.
The amazing Miniatura show run by Andy Hopwood has been enchanting hundreds of dolls house enthusiasts since 1983 when Andy’s parents Bob and Muriel Hopwood were the people in charge. It came as a huge disappointment at the start of the pandemic in the Spring of 2020 for the show to be cancelled after such a long run. Hopes rose again for the Autumn Show only to be dashed again, and sadly the Spring Show of 2021 could not go ahead either.
Finally, the good news is that all seems fine for the Autumn 2021 Miniatura Show to take place – at its new venue of Stoneleigh NAEC, near Kenilworth.
Regardless of whether you’re into 1:12, 1:24 or 1:48 scale dolls houses, you’ll find there are miniatures that you’ll love. The show will be brimming with incredible artisans who hand-craft miniatures of every kind of household item. From china tableware to fabulous working clocks; from tiny readable leather-bound books to food that really does look good enough to eat. You’ll discover dolls from all periods of history and with this being the Miniatura Show prior to Christmas, a whole range of Yuletide miniature décor so that visitors can deck their own dolls houses with sparkle.
Additionally, there will be stands selling dolls houses in all scales and styles; also, room boxes for miniature scene. Plus, materials and accessories needed for anyone making their own dolls houses, fitments, furnishings and dolls.
The show will also be running workshops so visitors can try their hand at a new skill. And there will be some fascinating dolls houses on display. One being Jon Trenchard’s amazing Hordle Castle which he’s been working on for 30 years – since he was 12!
Hobbyist Kitten Von Mew will be bringing her intriguing dolls house along – the first house she has ever made. It’s a Georgian two-up, two-down building with an attic, which she has decorated as a quirky vintage house full of mystery and intrigue.
Another special feature ‘house’ is Ken Bonham’s 100th scale threshing barns. Ken has a passion for historic barns and he’ll be bringing one or two along for visitors to see the complexity of these structures and learn something of their history.
There will be a charity stand run by Pat Cutforth with a prize draw, donated items and kits to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Also, the Miniature Needlework Society will be putting on a display of member’s work, as will a number of other miniature clubs and societies.
Kastle Kelm Miniatures will bring a smile to everyone’s faces with their cute and quirky dolls and woodlands creatures. Similarly, visitors will love the unique characters created by Smallsorts and the beautiful period dolls of Rob Lucas and World of My Own.
Organiser, Andy Hopwood is looking forward to the event immensely, but obviously Covid is on his mind. He said, “At this point in time there is no mandatory legislation for checks to be made (passports etc.) but we urge all visitors to bring proof of their vaccination with them just in case this changes. We will be able to take temperatures and we are ready to perform checks if necessary.”
Andy added, “Most importantly, if you have any symptoms of covid you must take a flow test before travelling to the show. If you have covid then of course we will not be able to allow you into the show. If you arrive at the show and discover you have symptoms, then please report to our medical staff straight away so we can assist you.
“We want this show to be the true celebration of our hobby that we know it can be. We want you to enjoy your hobby in a safe environment and we look forward to seeing you there!”
Miniatura takes place at Stoneleigh NAEC, Warwickshire, on Saturday 2nd and 3rd October 2021. Door prices for both days will be Adults – £6.00 / Children £3.00. Weekend tickets are only available in advance. Advanced adult tickets are half price.
Tickets that were bought for Spring 2020 will be honoured at any future Miniatura event without question including the Spring 2022 at the NEC.
There’s plenty of free parking at Stoneleigh and even a shuttle from Coventry to Stoneleigh.