Garden Railway show set for bumper start

THIS year’s National Garden Railway Show looks set to be a bumper event for visitors and traders keen to get out and about to one of the first such events post-lockdown.

The event at the Peterborough Arena, East of England Showground, is set for Saturday, June 26 and organisers say it is almost certainly the first live garden railway show for over 12 months and possibly the only such live event in 2021 where 16mm, GScale and G1 traders and exhibits will be under one roof. 

The Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers, whose members run the event, is planning for the same high levels of trader, society and layout support at the June show that have characterised the National Garden Railway Show since its inception, but says the Covid-19 pandemic will inevitably mean some changes.

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Organisers will be working with Peterborough Arena, the local authority, Public Health England and exhibitors and traders to make sure that the show is compliant with the prevailing protocols for indoor events. They expect these to include entry only by tickets sold in advance, face masks to be required and restrictions on crowd density. 

For this reason, there are two visitor sessions, and tickets for one or the other must be bought in advance. The hall will be cleared and cleaned between the two sessions in line with the All Secure Standard.

Tickets bought for the April 2020 show have been replaced or refunded and are no longer valid.
Tickets for the 2021 show can now be bought online from the show website.

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Further announcements will be made as the planning for the show progresses, through the association website and the dedicated show website at

Date: June 26. Location: Peterborough Arena, East of England Showground. PE2 6XE
Opening Times: 9.30am – 1pm or 1.30pm – 5pm
Entrance Fees: Adult £10.50, Free entry for Under 18s, but they must have a ticket, and ALL tickets MUST be bought in advance.

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