After the excitement (and stress!) of launching a new fair in Marlborough last month, it’s back to more familiar ground with two of our regular fairs in quick succession – Didcot & Oxfordshire this coming Saturday, November 26th, and then our last trip of the year Cirencester on Sunday December 4th.
Having become well established in fairly short order, our Didcot fair (pictured here from our September event) is now proving increasingly popular, and we’re really looking forward to opening the doors on Saturday morning. We’ll be welcoming Early Birds from 8 am (£4 entry) and then the public from 10 am. Regular entrance is just £2, with children under 16 free. More details on the website.
Just eight days later, on Sunday 4th December, we’ll be doing it all over again, except this time in Cirencester. It’s hard to believe it’s almost two years since we launched our first Toy & Train Fair in Bingham Hall, and now we do it five times each year, yet each fair seems to get a little bit bigger and even better. As with Didcot, doors open at 8 am for Early Birds, and 10 am for the public, with entry charges at £5 and £2 respectively – children under 16 always free!
Collectors at the College
Our first Collectors Fair at Marlborough College took place on October 29th and, like all first-timers, we did encounter a few teething problems, but the overall feeling was very positive. Yes, the parking was an issue, which we’ll have to sort out with the College, but that aside we’ve been very encouraged by the feedback.
Building with Bricks!
It’s been a big month for Lego, and we all know how collectable some of the Danish company’s products have become in recent years. On the back of such undoubted success comes growth, and on November 17th Lego opened a new flagship store in London’s Leicester Square. The shop extends to nearly 10,000 square feet and covers two whole floors, making Lego’s 131st outlet their largest anywhere in the world.
Not only is the store jam-packed full of the latest kits and accessories, but there are also some hugely impressive models to admire, including a recreation of Big Ben, standing almost 20 feet high and requiring over 200,000 bricks, as well as a life-sized replica of a London Underground train, complete with Grenadier guardsman and William Shakespeare.
So, if you’re looking for an excuse to take the kids to London this Christmas, Lego Leicester Square may be all the temptation you need! While you’re there, look out for the new line in SuperHero MiniFigures, which are sure to be a big hit with collectors in the New Year. Oh, and in a nod to one of the company’s biggest growth markets, Lego has just opened a brand new manufacturing factory in China.
Lego sold 72 billion bricks last year – big times for little bricks. Further details on the Lego Website.
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