About the National Festival of Railway Modelling
About 80 miles north of London is the city of Peterborough, with a population of about 202,000 and home to Sir Frederick Henry Royce (1863 – 1933). Without Royce, the iconic Rolls-Royce engines may have had a less “catchy” name like Johnson-Rolls after co-founder Claude Johnson who described himself as the hyphen in the Rolls-Royce name. Peterborough is also where the annual National Festival of Railway Modelling event is held at the East of England Showground just off Oundle Road.
The festival has been an event in Peterborough since 2009 and is expected to draw about 5,000 enthusiasts, hobbyists, and the curious over the two days making it the biggest show of its kind in the area, attracting 5,000 visitors over the 2 days.
There will be over 30 British and Continental layouts in a variety of gauges and close to 100 trade stands. Represented will be the many modelling clubs and societies and opportunities to learn more from experts as they conduct “How to” demonstrations on the many aspects of railway modelling. Food and drink will be available from food outlets in the exhibition area and the Cambridge Suite will be providing food and drink as well. The show will stage a children's area, open to children aged 5-16 years.
National Festival of Railway Modelling
The organiser is Warner’s Shows who specialises in many indoor and outdoor events across the UK. They are the premier marketing voice of railroad modelling. One big supporter of the festival is the Market Deeping Model Railway Club located north of Peterborough.
Entry To The Event
For pre-booked ticket holders, the doors open at 9:30 a.m. and for everyone else at 10:00 a.m. with the exhibition closing at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. The entry fees are £10.00 for adults, £5.00 for the 5-16 age group and there is a family package available for £30.00.
Somewhere to Stay in Cambridgeshire
The National Festival of Railway Modelling is usually held in Early December so “glamping” may not be so glamorous. The closest caravan park is the Ferry Meadows Caravan and Motorhome Club Site in Peterborough. There are several other caravan parks and many hotels in the Peterborough area for any taste and budget.
Other Things To Do Around Alwalton
Weekend visitors curious about the crime of murder in the Neolithic ages will be interested in a side trip to the Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, built in 1816. It housed the city's first infirmary from 1857 to 1928. The museum has a collection that includes telling “evidence” of Britain’s oldest known murder victim from around 6,000 years ago. Another choice for local and long-distance tourists is the Longthorpe Tower, a 14th-century three-story tower and fortified manor house. It contains the finest and most complete set of domestic paintings of their period in northern Europe.
For visitors using wheelchairs, there is full disabled access around the ground level venue. Parking is free for both old jalopies and the most prized Rolls-Royce luxury cars, but no dogs are permitted apart from official guide/assistance dogs.
When is the next National Festival of Railway Modelling?
The National Festival of Railway Modelling is planned to take place at East of England Showground, Oundle Road, Alwalton, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE2 6XE, Saturday 5th December, 2020. This is a Weekend Model Engineering Event.
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