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NEWS  -  LATEST NEWS.........  24.11.18





Oak Park Active Living Centre. WS9 9BH



Doors Open 10.30am - 3.00pm


Sunday 6th January, 2019 

                               Sunday 10th March 2019 - Sunday 12th May 2019

Sunday 1st September 2019 - Sunday 17th November 2019


A big thank you to all our traders and customers for their continued support at the Oak Park Active Living Centre venue at Walsall Wood..  Please note we are holding both our stall rents and public admission prices for 2019

Extra  Car Parking is being planned on the site of the old centre just a short walk away  We are informed that work should commence within the next couple of months with a new link road from the new centre car park to the new car park site which should have another 180 extra spaces once completed.


Please note that since May 2018 the Leisure Centre has introduced new parking regulations and you must park within the appropriate marked parking spaces and not on double yellow lines or hatched/restricted areas as to do so you could receive a parking penalty notice.  However car parking is free when parked correctly.    If spaces are full we recommend that you use either the old centre car park accessed off the Lichfield Road next to KFC or use nearby on street parking but please be aware of any restrictions which may apply.


To see the report and pictures of the Walsall Wood Toy & Train Collectors 25th Anniversary Celebration on 6th March 2016 please go to the Toy Fair Section by clicking on the link at the top of this page.  






Come and join us at our next Toy & Train Collectors Fair, Oak Park Leisure Centre, Lichfield Road, Walsall Wood when we will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary Year of Toy and Train Fairs at this popular venue.  The Mayor of Walsall Councillor Angela Underhill and her consort will be in attendance at the 10.30am opening time of the event. 


The Toy Fair has grown over the years since starting in the small sports hall in 1991 and subsquently moved to the larger hall.  Our event has become one of the longest surviving Toy Fairs of its kind in the Midlands area.  This has been due to the fantastic support of both our traders some of whom have been with us since its inception in 1991 and the many many collectors/visitors some of whom have also been coming for many years.  Organisers Geoff and Linda Price thank you all for your support and welcome you along on this special occasion for us and hope you will continue attending our future events.  Thanks also go to the Management and staff at Oak Park Leisure Centre for their help and assistance over the 25 years which has been much appreciated and has contributed in part to the success of the show.


Later this year we are hoping to move into the new Leisure Centre which is currently under construction on the site to the rear of the existing centre. 


All our tables for this event on the 6th March are fully booked so there is going to be a great selection of collectable toy trains, cars, buses, aeroplanes, lego etc. alongside other collectible items at prices to suit everyone.


We have dealers looking to  purchase any surplus toys whatever you may have so bring them along.





Tune in on SUNDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2015 to WCR FM on 101.8 between 5pm - 6pm for the "Inside Tracks" Progamme presented by Pete Whitehouse.


Geoff's  life story is the topic this Sunday as Pete chats to Geoff and charts his life through his early days including work, his Guinness World Record Collection of Model Buses, Family Life, TV and Media work, organising Transport Shows over 40 years and also Toy and Train Collectors Fairs and his trips abroad to Sri Lanka collecting his models plus lots more.....  The ten music tracks throughout the programme have been selected from amongst Geoff's favourites over the years.


If you miss out this programme can be found available on your computer during the next few weeks under LISTEN AGAIN on the following link:


My thanks to Presenter Pete Whitehouse and Engineer for the programme Andy Walters  - programme produced at WCR Studios, Wolverhampton.





Keep an  eye out for the Express & Star story on Geoff and Linda coming up in the next few days.


Picture opposite of: Geoff  with Express & Star Photographer Tim Sturgess -





Geoff and Linda Price of Transtar Promotions have announced that they will be retiring from organising the Classic Car and Transport Shows from the end of this season.


Having been involved in the organisation of Classic Car events all over the country working at many Stately Homes and for Local Authorities along the way for 42+ years, Geoff having reached retirement age has been advised to slow down due to a number of health problems over the last three years.  We will still be continuing with the Toy and Train Collectors Fairs at Walsall Wood, so it won't be a complete end to our organising of events.  We will be able to enjoy going and finding more models for our large model bus collection - possibly more holidays as well.


It will not however be an end to our events as we want the Classic Car and Transport Shows to continue as having all been started by ourselves several years ago they have become well established over those years and brought a lot of friendships for exhibitors.  We have therefore come to a mutual agreement with a local midlands family partnership - Gemini Events of Bromsgrove, Worcs, to transfer them so they can carry on with the events under their own banner.  Like us the husband and wife team Stephen and Sandra Smith along with their daughter Amelia Barratt-Smith are keen to take over the running of our eight events as they already have a number of their own Classic Car events they have been doing since 2011, ours will add nicely to their portfolio which currently they run in the South of England.  They have this year been shadowing us on the events and learning how we have laid them out and on the day seeing how successful they have become.  We feel they have the drive, enthusiasm, ambition and new ideas in order for the events to continue to grow for many years.  Therefore our events at Weston Park, Shropshire, Catton Hall, Ragley Hall, Trentham Gardens, Walsall Arboretum, Beaumanor Hall, Shugborough Hall and Himley Hall, Dudley will continue under Gemini Events organisation from 2016.


As many people will know we have successfully been running events for far too many years to mention, from Yorkshire in the North to Kent in the South, doing 16 events in one year.  Along the journey we have had many regular followers, some exhibitors have been with us for over 30 years - giving us valuable support and seeing the changes in the way events grow, and how the British weather has treated us.  We have many memories and stories to tell - both highs and lows.  We hope to catch up with many of you in the future at events and hope that you will give your continued support to the Gemini Team in the future


Details for contacting Gemini Events for future events are:  -


All the very best regards from Geoff and Linda Price - Long may what we started continue for many years to come.


Geoff & Linda Price Guinness World Record Model Bus Collection


For those who have not visited the website since the end of the last Classic Car Show season see the new section on Geoff and Linda's Guinness World Record Model Bus Collection - potting the history of how their collection has grown to the massive number of models it has now reached and growing every day.

Bere Regis Miniature Coach in situ over the Booking Office - BCM 650

Bere Regis Miniature Coach returns to Dorchester on Sunday 16th August


Geoff and Linda Price will be taking their Bere Regis Miniature Coach which they have owned for a number of years for a visit back to its original home town of Dorchester.  The location will be the Top of Town Car Park  where Bere Regis had once had their offices.  There will be a launch of a new publication illustrating the fleet history of Bere Regis and District Motor Services alongside a Bus Rally and running day taking place at the same time organised by the West Country Historic Omnibus & Transport Trust (WHOTT).


Come along and say hello.



A Great Day with many memories - For further pictures of this day please visit the Geoff and Linda Price Guinness World Record Model Bus Collection link at the top of this page and then on the section NEWS - Out and About  -Thanks to everyone for making us so welcome.


In order to contact us

Geoff and Linda Price
9 Newquay Road  

Park Hall


West Midlands


Tel: 01922 643385


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