Preview: South West Model Show

Preview: South West Model Show

Following the festivities of Easter and the extended weekend away from the workplace there is always a lull when returning to work.

However, May provides people with not one but two bank holidays ensuring they can recharge their batteries over a long weekend. With the weather picking up around the UK it could be the perfect time to get out of the house and enjoy a day out somewhere. The first bank holiday weekend (May 3rd to 5th) sees the annual South West Model Show being held at Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet in Somerset.

The show is a huge favourite with modellers, with organisers expecting over 10,000 people to attend the two-day event. There is something for everyone with pretty much every type of model covered with a range of exhibitors demonstrating their latest models as well as a number of old favourites. A host of top names will be in attendance giving their expert advice on how people can get the best out of their own collections.

Events such as the South West Model Show provide opportunities to gain inspiration for building a layout or adding equipment to a growing collection. There can be many things that people simply have not thought of before or simply did not have the know-how to do so. For example, exhibitors of model railways will be able to provide advice on how to build an intricate layout or even recreate a scene from the British countryside.

However, the South West Model Show is not just about railways. Visitors will also be able to see models take to the sky, power their way along the water and tear up the road. As Mamod rolls a new marine engine off the production line, enthusiasts may be interested to see the other nautical models on display.

There is set to be a dedicated model boat hall set up at the event along with a boating pool. Organisers explain that there will be a series of demonstrations from some of the "finest radio controlled scale model boats in the south-west".

Organisers are also delighted to welcome back the team responsible for the model airplane displays which will run throughout the weekend. A host of top name pilots such as Ray Watts, Jason Pinnell, Tim Rowe and Toby Black will be on hand to show visitors the prowess that these scale models have in the air.

Back on the ground there is a return of the The Southwest R/C Truckers club who will be showing off the latest trucks and providing a series of demonstrations along a specially designed track. Visitors will be able to view a host of radio controlled cars which were a big hit at the 2012 event.

The fun kicks off at 10:00 BST on Saturday (May 3rd) and will remain open until 18:00 BST, while on the Sunday (May 4th) it will close at the earlier time of 17:00 BST. Prices are £13 for adults, £5 for children under 15 and under 5's go free while two-day tickets are available for £22. All tickets can be purchased on the door but visitors can take advantage of a discount by purchasing online.

Family tickets group bookings and discounts for club members are also available.