We had a wonderful time at the show last weekend. So many heartwarming conversations with exhibitors and visitors alike. Is there anything better than being in a room where everyone loves the same hobby?
It is impossible to thank everyone by name but our helpers were brilliant as always, the NEC staff made the whole thing run as smoothly as ever, the exhibitors inspired us with their work and the visitors fired us with their enthusiasm. It is immensely rewarding to see it come together every time and even after 66 shows we still get a buzz from the atmosphere - long may it continue.
Below is the news update that appeared just before the show in case you missed it.
Exhibitors often create new pieces especially for Miniatura and this time you will see fairies at Penny Thomson's stand and dragons at the Miniature Scene stand. Dateman Books have some special offers on their new Rupert the Bear and Beatrix Potter books especially for the show. Elite Petite Interiors will be launching a new range of panelling and ceiling roses in all scales.
The Sitting Room is an additional seating area for you to rest awhile between shopping trips. Just like a traditional sitting room there will be some relaxing activities like newspapers to read and jigsaws to make but food and drink should be consumed in the usual catering area. We hope it makes your visit a little more comfortable and would welcome any suggestions for future improvements.
The Menu is now available to help you plan your visit. We realise that it’s an important part of everyone’s day and the NEC work closely with us to provide the right food and drink for our visitors.
The printable list of exhibitors is invaluable to many visitors to make sure they know exactly where their favourite exhibitor is going to be. The show guide has a lot more information in it and can be purchased at the entrance when you arrive.
A full listing of fun and informative one hour workshops can be found here. This is always a popular feature of the show and is a great way to meet new people and learn new skills.
Last time our Secret Shopper prize was a wonderful painting from Colin Watson of Dolls House Paintings. We have no idea what the prize will be this time but if you want to be in the prize draw drop in at the information stand for a chance to win.
Also at the information stand will be tickets for the Autumn Miniatura 2016 at a special price. If you come to every show you will be able to get a discounted ticket if you buy direct from us at the show.
Finally we have been asked to pass on a message from Jan Rodger who many of you will know from the show.
“Sad to tell you Pat Rodger, the “mum” of Jan’s Miniatures died on January 25th.
She had been unwell for some time but deteriorated after a short stay in hospital.
Jan sends her heartfelt thanks to the miniaturist friends who came to Pat’s service, their presence was greatly appreciated by all the family.
Jan will be scooting around Miniatura as usual in April.”
Pat loved coming to the shows and her kind comments and support were always appreciated by the organisers. She will be missed by us all and our sympathies go out to Jan and her family.
New to the show, Lydia Barnard has a wonderfaul range for the budding doll maker. Visit her stand this weekend to see tools, materials, inspiration and advice.
As usual we are puttiing on a few workshops for you to enjoy.
We are grateful to the clubs, societies and exhibitors who offer up their enthusiasm and expertise and, judging from the smiles and laughter that we often see, the students enjoy it immensely.
The full schedule of workshops is available below and you will be able to book onto them at the information stand when you arrive.
You will also find more information in the show guide.
There can be a small fee for taking part in the workshops but this is normally just to cover the cost of materials or a donation to charity.