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Well, Miniatura in Birmingham didn't work out for different reasons, and as I got hold of acoupleofnew Dollhouse mags I saw the me tioning of Kensington dollhpuse Festival first weekend i. december, on a Saturday even which means one can fly over Fridy mid afternoon, enjoy the evnwing in London, visit the fair/show Saturdaym enjoy an evening in London, eating out and just browsing etc, then by early afternoon fly home gain and be bck home by fairly ok time inthe evening Sunday...

I know that when we at the Excel show in Docklands, London some, ohhhh 10 years ago, we were flabbergasted over all the things but at the time I weren't as much into DIY as I am now. A good show/fair forme is where one find fabrics, ribbons and trims as well as wood trims etc etc and the shows fairly easily avaliable over here (ie Farum/Denmark as I live in the southern parts of Sweden) really isn't that kind of show eventhough one makes wonderful finds there too, but youu know what I mean huh?!!

fairly OK fly rates and Ok room rates

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Well, Miniatura in Birmingham didn't work out for different reasons, and as I got hold of acoupleofnew Dollhouse mags I saw the me tioning of Kensington dollhpuse Festival first weekend i. december, on a Saturday even which means one can fly over Fridy mid afternoon, enjoy the evnwing in London, visit the fair/show Saturdaym enjoy an evening in London, eating out and just browsing etc, then by early afternoon fly home gain and be bck home by fairly ok time inthe evening Sunday...

I know that when we at the Excel show in Docklands, London some, ohhhh 10 years ago, we were flabbergasted over all the things but at the time I weren't as much into DIY as I am now. A good show/fair forme is where one find fabrics, ribbons and trims as well as wood trims etc etc and the shows fairly easily avaliable over here (ie Farum/Denmark as I live in the southern parts of Sweden) really isn't that kind of show eventhough one makes wonderful finds there too, but youu know what I mean huh?!!

fairly OK fly rates and Ok room rates

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There are quite a few exhibitors selling DIY, Wood Profiles, Decorating Accessories and Fabrics Anna........'Blur Ribband', 'Burchmores', 'Jennifers of Walsall', 'Maria's Fabrics', 'Romney Miniatures' to name but a few.........my favourite show in the UK and just around the corner from where I had my shop on Kensington High Street for 10 happy years!

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There are quite a few exhibitors selling DIY, Wood Profiles, Decorating Accessories and Fabrics Anna........'Blur Ribband', 'Burchmores', 'Jennifers of Walsall', 'Maria's Fabrics', 'Romney Miniatures' to name but a few.........my favourite show in the UK and just around the corner from where I had my shop on Kensington High Street for 10 happy years!

So it sounds like you giving it a thumbs up then Mike ;)

Now to sell it to my beloved other half as well...

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Anna, offer to take your MIL along and I bet he'll see reason.  Isn't she also into minis?

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Yay, doing a happy dance with a twirl as we just sent of too get cost Estimates, since he hasn't been to London at all and seeing it dressed for Christmas was a treat in his Eyes... We'll see, as otherwise I lure MIL along with me!

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I was there twice...December two years ago and this past May.  Hands down my favorite show.  However, as I recall, London wasn't dressed for Christmas yet.  I remember one vendor with loads of fabrics and trim, there were probably more but I wasn't really looking for it. So much to see.  The shows I've been to in the states average about 35 vendors. Kensington has about 170.  My favorite purchases which I can't get here in the states are the wider planked oak floors and real slate roof tiles by Richard Stacey. 

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And it is a go, vacation planned and we'll book the flight and hotel over the weekend. Whohoooooo and yay 

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Flight and hotel booked :cucumber:and we'll have a couple of extra Days too to be able to enjoye London. Happy, happy, happy dance!!!

Now to peruse the lists of vendors

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That was the fun part, going through the vendor list and mapping out "the plan".  

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Confirmed ticket purchased, yay!!! Got the ticket in the email as well, will only have to print it out and add to the flder for the trip.

happy, happy, happy dance!

anyone else going by chance?

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Hi Anna how exciting! I am planning on going but only for a few hours as got my work Christmas meal that evening and then off to Berlin the next day for the chrostmas markets :) 

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Lucky you Anna. I envy anyone who can fly somewhere amazing in just a few short hours (we can in Australia, but you will only ever still be in Australia, or New Zealand, which is almost the same thing). Plus I have to drive 4 hours just to get to the airport. 

I went to Kensington in May a few years ago and loved it. I hope to make it to other international shows one day too. 

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Two morse weeks.... Happy Dance with a twirl!!!

anyone knops if it is a cash mostly or if credit card might work? Trying to make My game plan....

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It was three years ago when I went but there was a credit card facility in reception, so even if the individual vendor didn't have credit facilities, the show as a whole did - the money was transferred to the individual vendor via show organisers I think. Hopefully you won't have any problems.

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Purr-fect! Am pouring over the vendor list and hope that the floorplan will be avaliable soon too.

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LOL. Anna. When you hit the venue running, those vendors won't know what hit them! :D

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I used cash since my US credit card was going to charge me exchange fees.

I didn't do it, but I think you can get the VAT refunded to you. I think that's easier with a credit card but don't hold me to it.

I also used cash because it set my limit for spending. I had my shopping list, floor plan and a set budget. And I spent every penny!

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Floorplan plan, check! Soooo many vendors, soooo inspiring!

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My favorites are Richard Stacey, Romney Miniatures and Ironworks.  

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13 hours ago, Sable said:

My favorites are Richard Stacey, Romney Miniatures and Ironworks.

Have only seen those names mentioned and Pictures of their gorgeous stuff, and now I am actually going to see this in reality. Yay!!!!Planned to other days with what might be possible to fit into the Schedule of those days too. Happy, happy, happy...

 

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Check to see if any of the Royals are having a birthday. The shooting of the cannons in Hyde Park right by the Marble Arch was a huge surprise when I took my young sons to London. We had just landed and couldn't get into the hotel yet so we went across the street to sit in the park. All the sudden there was a frenzy of activity. Chairs were being set up, security was everywhere, a multitude of horses arrived. It was the Queen Mother's birthday. And we had a front row seat to watch the display. Very cool experience.

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:clap::clap:rWow! That must have been a happening! Will check into that too then. Plotted a few "walks" on the map. Will take out the suitcases over the weekend and see which ones to use, as it is a must there is in-used space in it formthe trip home... 

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soo exciting anna! I'm 50/50 about going as I have a work Christmas event that night and holiday afterwards but really want to go as I need to buy some lighting and a fireplace. trying to make it happen! :) 

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Come Wednesday and we'll be on our way to London... So looking  forward to that

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