The BIG ONE in the North West
The venue is now re-named the University of Bolton Stadium (for many years it was called the Macron or Reebok Stadium). This Toy Fair is a great place to buy or sell toys, trains and models.
There are more than 250 tables of toys, and collectables at each event, with top dealers travelling from all over the UK to take stalls at the show.
Dalesman Diecasts from Leeds bring a huge range of diecast model cars, lorries and buses by Corgi, Tekno, Minichamps, EFE, Lledo and Sunstar to each Bolton Stadium Toy Fair.
Along Classic Lines fill their stalls at the Bolton Stadium with a huge range of new a 0 and 00 gauge model railways by ACE, Hornby and Bachmann and are always keen to take your old trains in as part exchange.
Diecast models are always popular at any toy show and at this fair there is always a huge number of models on display. DMB Models always have stalls full of all kinds of plant and machinery models. Collectors Toyshop of Halifax, IC Toys, DMB Models and Andrew Clark Models are just some of the traders selling diecast models at the Bolton Stadium.
Simon Goodyear of Train Time has been selling 0 and 00 gauge vintage toy trains for over 30 years and is a regular trader at the fair. Hornby, Bassett-Lowke, Leeds Model Centre, Marklin and Bing are just some of the makes of early tinplate trains that Simon deals in.
There are stalls with Dolls and Teddy Bears at each fair. These can be rare vintage items or the latest Steiff limited edition collectable bears.
Tiger Hobbies specialise in military models and always have a stall piled high with tanks and aeroplanes, both static and radio controlled.
There are hundreds of other collectables for sale at the Bolton Stadium, including new and second hand model railways in N, OO and O gauges, Scalextric, Disneyana, books, videos, Dragon Dolls, board games, Lego, Sci-Fi and TV related toys and models, collectors cabinets, trading cards, model tractors, tinplate toys and lead figures.
The Bolton Stadium is the home of Bolton Wanderers Football Club. The Premier Suite within the stadium is an ideal venue for a large collectors fair. Access from the motorway network could not be easier, the stadium is just 500 yards from the M61. Unloading is flat and parking is free.
The Premier Suite also offers a luxury on site hotel, De Vere Whites, as well as hot and cold refreshments.
The Middlebrook Retail Park, a very large shopping and leisure facility with many shops, a cinema and restaurants etc. is situated right next to the stadium.
Nearby Hotels for visitors to the Bolton Stadium -
The Bolton Whites Hotel
is located within the Macron Stadium complex itself and offers luxurious accomodation for visitors. The telephone number for De Vere Whites is 01204 667788 or visit their website at www.devere.co.uk
The Premier Inn
is located directly opposite the stadium. The hotel has 74 bedrooms and offers excellent rates. The telephone number for The Premier Inn is 0870 111 2936 or visit their website at www.premierinn.com
The BIG ONE in the North West
280 Stalls of Collectable Toys, Trains and Models