See a toy collection beyond kids’ dreams

Thomas Butler with a Ford Model T at the Doncaster Toy Fair.
Thomas Butler with a Ford Model T at the Doncaster Toy Fair.

TRAINS, planes, automobiles - and just about every other toy you can think of will be coming under one roof this weekend.

Thousands of visitors are expected to head to Doncaster Racecourse on Sunday to experience more than 360 tables filled with toys and trains galore.

The MB Toyfairs Toy and Train fair is one of the biggest of its kind in the country - and claims to be the largest event on offer in Yorkshire.

It features stalls from some of the best-known dealers from all over the country - with several making the trip from Europe to show and sell their collections at the event.

Organiser Mike Bishop, of MB Toyfairs, said: “Every kind of toy imaginable is on offer. It’s absolutely massive and is a really big event for Doncaster.

“Examples of almost every toy from the 1920s onwards are on offer. It’s family-orientated as well as having something special for collectors. The total number of toys available will be about 250,000 so there really is something for everyone!”

The fair could be a great day out for all the family with dolls, action figures and James Bond figures, Corgi Planes, Dinky and Matchbox to Hornby Trains and tracksides and Lego toys from yesteryear just a few examples of the toys on offer.

Mr Bishop added: “We never really know exactly what toys will be being sold until the stallholders arrive. But we get people coming from far afield to put on a stall at the Racecourse.

“There are toys available from 50 pence to £3,000. At a previous fair at Doncaster Racecourse, I remember a Dinky lorry selling for £2,000. But there are many more examples of affordable items than the high-range ones.

“It’s a really popular event and I can guarantee that there’ll already be hundreds queuing by the time we open at 10.30am. We’ll be there setting up from about 4am.”

About the fair’s train focus, he said: “Doncaster is a real centre for transport with its history of train-building so there are many people in the area who have collections.”

MB Toyfairs describes Doncaster Racecourse as their flagship fair, adding that it has been running for three years and has gone from strength to strength.

The Doncaster Toy and Train Fair is open to the public from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Early bird entry for enthusiasts is available from 7.30am for £10.

Admission prices are £3.50 for adults, £2.50 for concessions and £1 for children. For more information, visit www.mbtoyfairs.com or call 01377 240160.