We were honoured to be able to take over the long-established Bristol Toy & Train Collectors Fair, and we re-launched the event early in 2017 with a first fair in February, followed by three more within the year. Regrettably, twelve months later, we found that the future of the event had been thrown into question, thanks largely to a strangely unenthusiastic attitude from the venue management.
Stuart Vowles of Bulldog Fairs had been running the fair since 1975, making this one of the longest-established regular toy fairs in the country. Located in the brand new halls at Abbeywood Community School, just five minutes’ walk from Bristol Parkway rail station, the fair can host around 100 stalls in a great atmospehere, giving this the potential to become the Number One toyfair for the South-West.
While Stuart focuses his time on Bulldog’s other ventures, our aim had been to uphold and enhance the reputation of the Bristol event; building on its long heritage as we developed the fair into something bigger and, we hoped, even better. In 2017 we were delighted to welcome back many of the regulars who’d stood at Bristol for years, as well as seeing plenty of new faces, but we must now ask everyone to bear with us while we attempt to resolve the ongoing issues. We do hope to revive the event as soon as we can.
Our regular Valuation Roadshow – a popular feature of all our events – is part of the Bristol event, and those familiar with our fairs at Didcot and Cirencester can always anticipate the delights of our equally excellent all-day catering!
Early-birds and trade from 8:00 am, main doors open at 10:00 am, with entrance at £2.50 per head and free entry for accompanied children under 16. See here for Map & Directions.