Europe's No.1 Toy Collectors Fair
Collectors and dealers alike all agree that if you are serious about buying or selling quality toys and models, then there is one show to visit above all others - Sandown Park.
Book Launch at November Sandown
'British Sporting Cars in Miniature' is a brand new book written by David Wright - author of 'A History of White Metal Transport Modelling'.
The book features a comprehensive a-z guide of every British sporting car of which a model has been made and will feature over 1,000 colour photographs and runs to more than 300 pages.
You can meet David Wright and get a signed copy of the book in the foyer at Sandown Park Toy Fair at the official launch on Saturday 14th November.
The quality and variety of collectables on offer is breathtaking, with more than 500 tables of toys and models for sale. Visitors and exhibitors travel from all over the UK and Europe to visit each event.
Collectors of diecast model cars, buses and aeroplanes are spoilt for choice. Autosport Models,Patrick Trench, The Matchbox Forum, Pitstop, Peregrine Models, Dalesman Diecast, J.M. Toys and St. Martins Accessories are just some of the dealers specialising in diecast models. Diecast models by Dinky, Corgi, Spot-On, Solido, Minichamps, Tekno, EFE, Maisto, Norev and Sunstar are just a few of the brands for sale at the show.
Sci-fi, film and TV related toys and models always feature strongly at Sandown. Jim "Mr Star Wars" Stevenson always brings with him a large stock of rare James Bond, Star Wars, Doctor Who and other cult collectables, as do Movie Zone, TV and Film Memorabilia, Andy Foley of TV Toy Zone and Time Trek.
There are dozens of stalls selling toy trains, with all the well known names attending, such as Chris Graebe, Train Time, Peter Dunk and John Neale. There are is even a working 0 gauge train layout running throughout the day courtesy of ACE Trains. Hornby, Bassett-Lowke, Marklin, Lima, Bachmann, Heljan, Tri-ang, Trix and Fleischmann are just a few of the makes of trains sold.
Collectors of tinplate toys can always find plenty of stalls to interest them at Sandown. David Pressland of The Art of The Tin Toy is a regular, as is Ken Simmons, Louren Bas, John Haley, Alquin Mitchell and JC Collectables.
The thousands of different collectables for sale at Sandown include teddy bears, lead soldiers, tractors and farm toys, display cases, model railways, diecast and tinplate toys and models, jigsaws, games, books, Action Man, Thunderbirds, Star Wars, Disneyana, Scalextric, model ships and boats, kits, Bayko, Meccano and much, much more.
If you are looking into buying or selling toys or trains at auction, then Sandown is a great place to start. Vectis Auctions, Bonhams, Wallis and Wallis and Toymart.com all stand at each Sandown Fair showcasing a selection of models to be sold in future specialist auctions. Representatives from these auction houses are always keen to speak to prospective clients and are happy to offer up free advice and valuations.
Refreshments selling hot and cold snacks, meals and drinks are open throughout the day in the Food Court. There are three ATM machines in the entrance foyer and two at the opposite end of the hall for buyers in need of more cash!
Esher Railway Station is a short walk from Sandown Park and has trains running every hour to and from London Waterloo Station.
Nearby Hotels for visitors to Sandown Park -
The Sandown Park Lodge is situated within the Sandown Park complex itself and offers bed and breakfast accommodation at very reasonable rates.
All the rooms do usually sell out well in advance of each Toy Fair, so it is advised to book early.
The Telephone number for the Sandown Park Lodge is 01372 462 637
From outside the UK dial 0044 1372 462 637
The Hilton National Hotel at Cobham is 5 miles from Sandown Park.
This 4 star rated hotel has excellent facilities and is very close to junction 10 of the M25 motorway
The Telephone number for the Hilton National Hotel is 01932 864 471
From outside the UK dial 0044 1932 864 471
Cobham Lodge is an independent hotel located just 3 miles from Sandown Exhibition Centre.
Mention you are visiting the Toy Fair for special room rates.
The telephone number for Cobham Lodge is 01932 864 602
From outside the UK dial 0044 1932 864 602
The hotel has a website which can be found at www.cobhamlodge.co.uk
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