Excitement and anticipation is mounting amongst miniaturists, makers and collectors alike. We, here at ‘headquarters’, are putting the finishing touches to the show, so it's time to give visitors a roundup of what they can expect to see and what special things not to miss.
As ever, all the craftsmen have ‘pulled out the stops’ to present their best work, however there are few exhibitors to let you know about in particular as they are either new or returning to the show after a long or short ‘sabbatical’ break.
Arlette's Miniatures has been away for a few years but is back with her top quality upholstered furniture.
Bel's Mini World makes her debut at the show with realistic food that looks good enough to eat.
Dolls House Direct has recently acquired the Hearth & Home range, so visitors will once again be able to see these sinks and fireplaces.
EH Miniatures a newcomer creating delightful miniature animals.
Little Houses Plus is technically a newcomer but brings an old favourite, the Small World Products range, back to the show.
No 1. Elite Designs is another welcome returnee and their unmistakable room boxes and cabinets will be sure to impress.
Many exhibitors use Miniatura to launch new products and whilst we can't list them all you will certainly want to take a look at Miniature Mansions new book, Elite Petite's new range of 144th scale houses and furniture and Master's Miniatures globe drinks cabinet.
MENU - Available online to help you plan your visit.
PRINTABLE LIST - The list of exhibitors is now available to print out.
TICKETS FOR AUTUMN - Don't forget that Saturday tickets for the NEXT event are available at a discounted rate from our information stand.
WORKSHOPS - The Workshops this time will be:
Queen Elizabeth Dollshouses - Making a "Jack in a Box" - 11.00am to 12.30pm
The Miniature Needlework Society - Assisi work in miniature. - 12.30pm to 2.00pm
Small Scale Fiddlers Club - Make either a handbag or a rucksack - 2.00pm to 4.00pm
The British Polymer Clay Guild - Several different workshops throughout the weekend.
On SUNDAY ONLY we will also have a workshop by David Wright of Dovedale Models - 2.00pm to 4.00pm
An exciting addition to the February Prize Draw is this wonderfully painted rendition of Turner's Fighting Temeraire by Gek Miniature Art. Subscribe to our newsletter for your chance to enter our Miniatura Prize Draws.
For more about Gek's paintings see her website -www.gekart.net/Miniatures/Miniatures.html
Meanwhile we will be drawing the winner today for the book that we offered at the start of February (check your inbox!)
The book which features techniques developed by John over 40 years experience in modelmaking will be launched at Miniatura on 25th & 26th March at the NEC.
For more information about Miniature Mansions - www.miniaturemansions.co.uk
However you choose to celebrate over the Christmas period we hope you will have a wonderful time with people you love. We also hope you get the chance to spend a little time enjoying your miniatures hobby.
This Red Riding Hood is by Jane Davies and was one of our highlights from the last twelve months. We all look forward to seeing what creations our amazing exhibitors come up with next year!
See you in 2017!