A brand new Toy & Train Fair steams into Swindon!
With vintage toys and games proving to be among the most rewarding of current investments, Swindon based Retro Ronnie is launching a new Toy & Train Fair in the New Year, to meet an increasing demand from enthusiasts and collectors.
While interest rates slowly creep upwards and shares continue to flutter in the wake of Brexit, collecting nostalgic toys, games and other childhood memorabilia can be an entertaining alternative that’s potentially highly lucrative. The right ones, which might include Star Wars merchandise, Lego or diecast models, can earn a pretty penny – as well as be great fun to seek out.
Tim Pearson and Ronnie Davies, the driving force behind Retro Ronnie, are passionate collectors themselves. They already organise similar events in Cirencester, Didcot and Bristol, but the introduction of a fresh venue in Swindon, at the town’s famous County Ground, is especially close to their hearts. “We are both Swindon lads,” explains Ronnie Davies. “I was brought up in the area and at night the floodlights used to shine in through my bedroom window. The County Ground has been a real focus for Swindonians ever since the land was granted to the townspeople by the Goddard family, late in the nineteenth century, and we thought it was time we gave something back to our home town.”
Best known as the stadium for League Two’s Swindon Town Football Club, the County Ground also offers excellent conference and events facilities, hosting concerts, festivals, cultural events and, from January 2018, a regular Toy & Train Fair. “Ours will be the first toyfair at the County Ground,” admits Tim Pearson, “but it’s an ideal venue for us. It’s very central, amazingly well signposted – just follow the brown ‘football’ signs – and there’s plenty of on-site parking. We’re also very fortunate to have had tremendous support from the staff at the County Ground, and their input is going to be vital to the long term success of the fair.”
Interest from the trade has been enthusiastic and bookings for the 100 or so pitches have come in from new sellers in Swindon, Oxford and Reading, as well as the bulk of Retro Ronnie’s existing dealerbase. “We’re already looking at an expanding range of stock, with many of our regular dealers bringing everything from action figures and Dinky, to board games and tinplate, but we’re also seeing a significant presence from dealers in model trains and rolling stock. That’s only right, of course, seeing as Swindon is the home of Great Western,” suggests Ronnie.
There will be three dates annually, with the first on Sunday 7th January. Further dates will be confirmed shortly.
Doors open 10:00 am – 2:30 pm and admission is £2.50 (£1 for young adults 12 to 16, with accompanied children under 12 free). There will be a bar serving drinks, refreshments and snacks, including hot bacon and sausage rolls. Families can also make the toy fair part of a fun day out, linking with the Designer Outlet and Steam railway museum nearby.
The County Ground, Swindon, SN1 2ED
Sunday January 7th 2018, 10:00am – 2:30 pm