Taking place in the town’s historic Bingham Hall, Cirencester’s Toy and Train Collector’s Fair is a fairly fresh event. The fair was launched in 2014, and it has certainly proved that there is quite a lively collectors’ market for old toys and the like. This market is quite specifically focused, as the name suggests, on toys and trains from the 1950s through to the 1980s, though the organizers do not strictly insist on only these categories. It is a wonderful place to indulge in a little nostalgia, and perhaps pick up a most beloved toy from one’s childhood.
The two gentlemen who organize Cirencester’s Toy and Train Collector’s Fair are very much experts in their field. They are collectors in their own right and have been professional dealers for a large part of their careers. It was obvious to them that there simply were not the number of vintage toy fairs in the UK to reflect the huge interest in these collectible items, which is what led them to create their own. The fair grows more popular year after year, and the organizers do now set up events in other parts of the UK like Didcot, Oxfordshire, and Swindon. It seems as people cannot get enough of these joyful tokens of the past!
Cirencester’s Toy and Train Collector’s Fair attracts many hundreds of shoppers during the one-day events dotted throughout the year. One of the reasons for its popularity is the range and quality of the dealers that take part. As well as the fantastic selection of toys and trains, visitors will also find military memorabilia, LEGO sets, advertising posters, model soldiers and anything that could be referred to as ‘boys’ toys’.
Each Toy and Train Collector’s Fair also offers a Valuation Roadshow, where a team of experts is on hand to appraise and value toys and collectibles brought to the event. This service has proved hugely popular and is one of the reasons that collectors come from all over the UK to attend these fairs.