Five reasons (and more!) to visit Bristol Model Railway Exhibition

20 April 2023
Returning to Thornbury Leisure Centre on Friday April 28 – Sunday April 30, there's only a few days left to book your tickets.

Prepare yourself for feeling nostalgic – the owners of 33 layouts are adding finishing touches and testing their exhibits for Bristol Model Railway Exhibition. Recreating many scenes from the past, some from the present, and some from the imagination, it promises to be an unmissable event, set across three halls, providing great ideas for your present (or future layout), and an enjoyable and fun family day out. 

Held at Thornbury Leisure Centre between Friday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30 layouts, backed by trade support carrying the latest releases, World of Railways returns with its stand too, and we're looking forward to meeting BRM, Traction, Narrow Gauge World, Engineering in Miniature, and Garden Rail readers, and future readers too, with our subscription offers.

Book your tickets to the Bristol Model Railway Exhibition in advance, and save money here

Here's what you can expect from Bristol Model Railway Exhibition:


Brighton East Bristol Model Railway Exhibition

Brighton East (EM) – one of 33 layouts to appear at Bristol Model Railway Exhibition.

Tooting our horn for a second (don't mind if we do...) we trust you'll enjoy our selection of layouts for the 2023 event. The layouts at our Doncaster and Alexandra Palace events proved popular – varied across standard and narrow gauge scales, we trust there's something for all tastes, eras and scales.

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New to the hobby? We understand, sometimes a little help or advice can go a long way. It's why we've a small number of 'demonstrators' that can give you one-to-one advice on all aspects of modelling, but for the more adventurous, they also specialise in track building, and brass and white-metal kit building of locomotives, rolling stock, and signals. Let Bristol Exhibition be the time to learn a new skill!

Take advantage of our show-only offer. The World of Railways stand is where you can meet the team behind Britain’s fastest-growing website, also home to five magazines! We're always looking forward to meeting readers, and will try to help answer any of your modelling questions, too. See our great show subscription offer to our magazines, or buy the latest copies.

Metcalfe card kits British Railway Modelling subscription

Subscribe to any magazine, pay just £5.00 on the day, and you'll get a selection of N or OO gauge Metcalfe Models card kits, and your first three magazines! Visit the World of Railways stand for more details.


Second hand stall show

Tempted to add to your model collection, or pick up modelling consumables, or spares? With the cost of postage vs. buying at the show, what you'll save in postage soon adds up, possibly enough to pay for your entry and the great day out anyway...

...of course, some won't need to pay to get into Bristol Model Railway Exhibition – here's why.


World of Railways Tombola exhibition

Take part in our tombola – with great prizes to be won, entry is free, provided you have a show guide. Some of the great prizes to be won include: 

  • a West Hill Wagon Works Bundle
  • a DC/DCC Controller by DMG Electech
  • copies of Smoke & Steam magazine
  • back issues of BRM
  • plus smaller prizes, like a BRM bits box, miniature BRM team figures, and books

Book your tickets to the Bristol Model Railway Exhibition in advance, and save money here



Hi, I still haven't been able to claim my free ticket to the show, same thing happened with last years tickets too. Although the banner states that the free tickets are available once the shows start up again. When is the website going to be updated.

Posted by Nigel Abrahams on Tue 25 Apr 21:14:48

Hi, has the list of Demonstators attending or the list of Societies attending been updated, still showing the 2022 details on the Web. 7 days to go?

Posted by David N Whannell on Fri 21 Apr 10:45:04