NEWS UPDATE 5th AUGUST 2021
Further to our previous update it is with great disappointment that we need to inform you that unfortunately the Toy and Train Fair planned at Walsall Wood for Sunday 19th September 2021 has again had to be cancelled due to the fact that the venue is still currently using the Sports Hall as a Vaccination Centre and is likely to continue to do so throughout September 2021. We are however in talks with the venue asking that they give us an end date as soon as possible in the hope that we can have our 21st November 2021 date.
We will keep the website updated as soon as we have clarification but in the meantime we intend to take bookings for the 21st November 2021 date. We will hopefully before then also release dates for 2022.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes you but we are governed by the venue on this issue and trust you will fully understand th current circumstances and importance of everyone being able to be vaccinated and continue to support us when we can resume operating.
Anyone who wishes to provisonally book a table please email us with your details including phone number and requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanking you once again for your past and continued support in these most frustrating times. 2021 marks the 30th year of our Toy Fairs at Walsall Wood so we are champing at the bit to get back to as normal as possible as soon as possible.
Geoff and Linda Price
NEWS UPDATE: 2021 TOY FAIR DATES
Due to the ongoing COVID restrictions we have not planned an event for January 2021. We have however planned dates for March, May, September and November 2021 in the hope that we can start up again as soon as the National/Regional restrictions allow us to do so. We have been in touch with the venue who are happy to have us return as soon as they are allowed to do so and in this respect we have asked for the following dates to be reserved but subject to us accepting cancellation from them if they are unable to allow us to operate. Obviously when we do start up there will no doubt be some COVID safe operational regulations we will have to operate and adhere to.
We will obviously update as necessary on our website as and when the proposed dates get nearer. The dates are as follows for your information so as you can start to plan your diaries for the year.
Sunday 7th March 2021 Cancelled due to COVID19 restrictions
Sunday 9th May 2021
Sunday 19th September 2021
Sunday 21st November 2021
We look forward to your ongoing support in the future.
Please note we will not be increasing either the stall rents or public admissions for 2021.
Geoff and Linda Price
CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
WALSALL WOOD TOY & TRAIN COLLECTORS FAIR
- SUNDAY 29th NOVEMBER 2020 and NEWS ABOUT 2021 FUTURE DATES
Please note that our event at Walsall Wood on Sunday 29th November 2020 is CANCELLED. Whilst the Govt has let Leisure Centres re-open unfortunately they still have to adhere to strict guidelines regarding the number of people using the Centre. As the current COVID situation is still causing concern Walsall Wood Active Leisure Centre has informed us that they will not be hosting any large events for the rest of 2020 and therefore cancelled our November date - they are however keen for us to have events in 2021 but again a lot will depend on what Govt regulations at the time in question will be. We are therefore currently trying to look at dates for 2021 in the hope that we can have the events at our regular months of January, March, May, September and November 2021 - As soon as we have such dates available we will post them on our website so that Traders can contact us as to their availability and customers can log them in their diaries for 2021. Please continue to visit the website for updates.
We know that all of you will understand the current crisis our country is facing and we will always put the interests of our traders/customers first. Many of you are in the older vulnerable age group. Plus we have been involved in the organising of events for over 45 years including for the last 29 years at Oak Park. 2021 will mark 30 years for our event. We will once again continue with our events at Oak Park as soon as the conditions for us all to enjoy our fascinating hobby is met.
We will continue to update our website as and when we have new information available.
Please everyone keep safe and hopefully our toy fairs will be back as soon as feasibly possible. Please all stay safe and we look forward to seeing you in the future.
Geoff and Linda Price
NEXT TOY FAIR DATE: 2021 Dates to be announced soon -
Doors Open 10.30am - 3.00pm
Email email@example.com for availability of tables
Dates for 2020 now confirmed as follows:
Sunday 8th March -
Sunday 17th May - (Cancelled due to COVID-19) Sunday 13th September - (Cancelled due to COVID - 19)
Sunday 29th November (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
PRICE INCREASE ON ADMISSION FOR 2020
Unfortunately with ever increasing costs of putting events on after three years in the new centre we have had to put a slight increase on the Admission Prices for 2020. Therefore as from the 5th January 2020 toy fair Adults will be £2.00 - Seniors/OAPS will be £1.70 and Children will remain at £1.00.
Stall rents will remain at the same level as in 2019.
We will still be the best value for money against other similar Toy Fair events. We look forward to your continued support throughout 2020 and beyond.
Geoff and Linda Price
CAR PARKING at Oak Park Active Leisure Centre
- 200 NEW ADDITIONAL SPACES completed on the site September 2019
Please note that as since May 2018 a new policy has been introduced on the car park at the Leisure Centre. Will all visitors please make sure that they are parked appropriately in the parking bays between the lines as we understand checks are being made by wardens and anyone found to not be parking correctly are likely to receive a ticket. Please note that parking is actually free but you must park correctly.
We do not want to see our customers receive parking tickets so please be alert.
New additional car parking now completed and open - To access the additional parking for Oak Park Active Living Centre when you drive through the gate and onto the original car parking head for the far side where you will see a link road that goes up past the astro turf and then at the top it opens out to approx 200 parking spaces. You can only access this by coming in to the leisure centre entrance although you can see it from the old car park adjacent to the KFC from the Lichfield Road as well. Hopefully all the problems we have been having with lack of space will now be resolved. Once parked on this additional area you can quickly walk down on the pathway on the lefthand side and it will bring you directly to the main entrance of the centre.
Further parking on the old car park next to KFC off the Lichfield Road is also still available for anyone coming from that direction and again is just a short walk down to the centre. Alternatively you can use on street parking where applicable in the area.
We thank all our customers/visitors for their patience and co-operation over the last few months whilst the new additional car parking was being made.
Thanks for your continued support.
Geoff and Linda Price
NEWS UPDATE - December 2018
BILL WHITTAKER well known Coach Operator from West Bromwich along with his Miniature General Buses and keen collector of models
On Friday 23rd November 2018 we were sadly informed of the sudden death of our long-time friend Bill Whittaker, aged 78 years, who was well known in the area for his Coaches and Miniature General Buses. Bill supported all our events and particularly Sandwell his ‘local’ show. Bill also became part of the scene at Sandwell Park Farm, West Bromwich, for many years throughout the summer months giving rides to children on his little General Buses. Bill was also a keen collector of model buses and attended many of our toy collectors fairs. Collectors will remember the Corgi Bedford OB “Whittakers” which was issued some years ago and we ourselves produced a Limited Edition - Whittakers LLedo LP15 and LP17 Single deck and Double Deck Buses which were released at the Sandwell Historic Vehicle Shows.
A full tribute with photographs is on this site – go to Geoff & Linda Guinness Model Bus Collection link at the top of this page and then on the side panel click on “Tribute to Bill Whittaker”.
18th March 2018 - Thank you to all the Traders and Public who turned up today Sunday 18th March 2018 to the Toy & Train Collectors Fair at a very snowy Walsall Wood. Traders who were unable to attend due to the attrocious weather in their area please confirm your bookings as soon as possible for the next event by either emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning on 01922 643385.
We managed to continue with the event during difficult conditions outside.
Your support was greatly appreciated and we look forward to seeing you all again on the 13th May 2018 when we hope for better weather. See below newspaper report and pictures which appeared in the Walsall Advertiser on the 22nd March 2018. It is sad to report that on the 29th March the Walsall Advertiser ceased publication.
Geoff and Linda Price
See Ann Evans two page report and pictures below from our event in the May 2017 issue of Collectors Gazette.
Since moving to the new larger hall in September 2016 we have held our original 2016 charges for the first two events in the new hall which have not sen an increase of either table rents or admission charges since January 2012. An achievement which we do not think any other organiser within the UK could say they have done. However we do need to increase both our table rents and Admission charges to the event from 1st January 2017.
Therefore please note we have tried to keep the increases to an absolute minimum and they still represent excellent value compared to similar size fairs elsewhere in the country.
From 1st January 2017 the following charges will apply.
Table rents will be £21.00 per single table - 2 tables will be £39.00
For more than 2 tables please request information.
Admission Charges from 1st January 2017
Adults £1.80 - Senior Citizens £1.50 - Child £1.00
For future reference the new postal address is Oak Park Active Living Centre, Coppice Road, Walsall Wood, Walsall, WS9 9BH - Telephone: 01922 652266. Additional parking for visitors can still be used on the old car park off the Lichfield Road as well as the venues new car park. You will see the building from the old car park easily and it is only approximately 2 minutes walk.
This new venue is the beginning of a new era for our Toy & Train Fair which has been going for 26 years. A brand new larger and brighter sports hall which will enable us in the future to take a few more traders and offer more space giving comfort for both visitors and traders.
See the Toy Fair page for pictures of the new sports hall.
For pictures and details of the Walsall Mayor's visit to see the Model Bus Collection please go to the Geoff and Linda Price Guinness World Record Model Bus Collection page link above and then to the News page
See the Express & Star Feature on Geoff and Linda by clicking on the link below
DUDLEY CLASSIC CAR & TRANSPORT SHOW, HIMLEY HALL, DUDLEY
SUNDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER 2015
Many thanks to all our traders/exhibitors and the public for the tremendous support we had at our event at Dudley Classic Car event on the 6th September 2015. The weather was perfect resulting in a good day out for all.
A huge thank you for all the goodwill messages from the hundreds of individuals and clubs at our Dudley event. Apologies to those of you we could not get to but a perfect end to 44 years of classic car shows for us. We are unable to respond personally to all the hundreds of messages we have received but some of the comments will be on a special website page - The End of an Era (link on the side panel)
A particular thank you to all our staff past and present over the years including Amanda in the rally control, Nicola for her help with administration and work on the show days, the marshalls, family members who have supported us throughout the years along with the caterers, security, first aid as well as the host venues for their assistance and co-operation for the smooth running of the events and all the public supporters over the years.
Finally thanks to our two wonderful boys Nick and Richard who have seen the events grow from start to finish and had to put up with all the ups and downs of working with outdoor events all their life - getting up at 6am in the morning with long days whatever the weather. We leave the Classic Car event scene with some amazing memories and lots of friends and acquaintances gained over the past 44years.
All the best to everyone for the future.
Geoff and Linda Price