Massive toyfair comes to Doncaster for Mother's Day

9 March 2012

Families looking for something to do on Mothering Sunday are being invited along to Doncaster Racecourse which is hosting a massive toyfair.
The fair, the biggest in Yorkshire and the third biggest in the country, will feature thousands of toys on 350 stalls.
Organiser Michael Bishop said children would be bound to find a gift for their mothers among the toys and models that range in price from 50p to hundreds of pounds.
Traders come from as far afield as Scotland, Wales and London, bringing along everything from favourites Corgi and Hornby, dolls and teddy bears, tinplate toys and lead soldiers from the 1920s right through to the latest new releases.
Among the new toys on offer will be exact replicas of sports cars including a Shelby Cobra and Lamborghini. At 1/12th of the real thing, the cars are about 25cm long, but highly detailed.
“People just stand and admire them,” said Michael. “And I am sure a lot of mums – and dads – would love to own one. At between £250 and £300 a throw they are a lot cheaper than the real thing. But the trouble is that if you buy one, you will probably buy another and then another!”
Michael, who is 65 and from Driffield, started running MB Toyfairs at Doncaster five years ago. But his interest goes back to when he left school at 16 and went to work on the toy stall at Selby market.
He later worked at Woolworths in Scarborough as a trainee manager with responsibility for the toy department and then spent a long period of time in the antique trade, with his own import / export company, while always keeping an eye on the ever-expanding toy trade. He ran toy auctions for several years, before taking over the toyfairs in 2007.
The toyfairs are a great day out for families as well as collectors,” said Michael.
“There are old toy cars, trucks, boats, planes and dolls for the mums and dads, and Thomas the Tank Engine, Lego and bargains for the children. And the great thing is that because we have so many traders and so many toys you never quite know what is going to turn up and there are always a few rarities too.”
The toyfair at Doncaster Racecourse on Sunday 18th runs from 10.30am to 3.30pm. The cost is £3.50 per adult, £2.50 for concessions, children (under-16) £1 and under-5s free. There is free parking at the racecourse for 500 cars.
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Michael Bishop is available for interview and can be contacted on 01377 240160 or 079861 37364 at
The media are welcome to the toyfair on Sunday March 18th (Please contact Michael Bishop in advance.)
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