20-22 February 2015
Reviewed by Amanda Hayes
My son is a huge fan of trains so we were delighted to have the opportunity to review Brighton Modelworld. Modelworld is situated in the Brighton Centre adjacent the seafront and has plenty of parking within walking distance. The show was so much more than we were expecting, not just one hall of model trains but four floors of every type of model imaginable. From Meccano to LEGO, trains to boats and cars there is truly something for everyone to enjoy.
The models on the stands are staggeringly complicated with many hours work put into them yet didn’t seem out of reach of anyone wanting to have a go. Most of the exhibitors are from their local model or railway clubs and were extremely friendly, helpful and offered plenty of advice. In the main hall you will find much larger scale models with working digger’s cars and trucks laid out across a large area. Large scale trains, boats and fairground rides make up the rest of the hall’s displays.
Whilst you can’t touch the models there are plenty of hands on things for children to enjoy with remote controlled tanks and cars to play with, models to make and paint and my sons personal favourite two different miniature trains to ride on. At 50 pence per ride they made an affordable treat for young children. Throughout the day there are also several short films showing on the top floor, yet another thing that makes it good value for money.
There is a good selection of trade stands, some selling products such as railway parts and some promoting their venues such as the Bluebell Railway. Absolutely everyone we spoke to was full of passion and enthusiasm; they were a pleasure to listen to and really knew their stuff. There is a small café on each floor selling snacks, drink and ice creams so you won’t go hungry while you look around.
Brighton Modelworld is a fantastic day out that everyone can enjoy; don’t be put off by the title, it’s certainly not all model railways but a huge selection of models you will be amazed at. My one tiny niggle was that there were hardly any places for small children to stand on to see the exhibits so parents were continuously picking their children up. A step per family to borrow on entering would have been a great idea.
Whether you are a family looking for an enjoyable day out or a model enthusiast you cannot help to be enthralled by this excellent show.
For more information visit www.brightonmodelworld.com.