Special Events

Here You’ll find a listing of all of our previous and upcoming events so if you want to see the types of things we put on here at the Museum in addition to our usual operation, just take a look.

Admission to our special events will be charged at varying prices depending on the event so please check the details before coming along to any.

 

Coming Events

 

Past Events

October 15th 2016
Train Running Day – The Sunny South Express

On Saturday October 15th 2016, the Brighton Toy and Model Museum will be hosting our next train running day .

This time the theme is the ‘Sunny South Express’.

The Museums ‘0’ gauge layout will be in use and a variety of model trains will be running to emulate the through train services between Manchester and Liverpool to south coast resorts which ran in the 1930s.

The entry price will be £10 for adults, £5.50 for disabled people and £5 for children.
As always, members and Patrons will pay half price!
The Museum is open 10:30 to 17:00 and the train running times will be 11:00 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 16:30

Please check back here or on our Facebook event page for any last minute changes.

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October 8th 2016
Railways of India

Join us on the evening of the 8th of October when Lawrence Marshall will be delivering a brilliantly evocative talk on this fascinating and quirky railway network.

Speaking from his own memory, the lecture will start at 19:00 and finish at around 21:00 with a break half way through for refreshments which will be available at the bar.

Door open at 18:30 with a £5.00 entry fee per person.

We look forward to seeing you there.

You can also find these details on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1600542480239780/

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September 25th 2016
‘In the Sky’ Children’s Play day

Come and join us in the Sky for the Toy and Model Museum’s next themed play day!

Expect aerial arts and crafts, sky high story-telling, not to mention our always popular wooden train set, and another special treasure hunt!

The admission fee is as always, £5.50 per child which includes one accompanying adult.
Any extra adults would have to pay the regular price (£6.50)

Keep checking here or on the facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/843089042488257/ to get the most up to date details as soon they’re announced.

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August 21st 2016
‘In the Jungle’ Children’s Play day

Come and join us in the Jungle  for the Toy and Model Museum’s next themed play day!

Expect wild arts and crafts, story-telling, our always popular wooden train set, and not to mention a great treasure hunt!

The admission fee is as always, £5.50 per child which includes one accompanying adult.
Any extra adults would have to pay the regular price (£6.50)
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July 10th 2016
A Special ‘Trains’ Playday

The Brighton Toy and Model Museum will be hosting a special train Play Day on Sunday 10th July from 2pm to 4:30pm.
Expect arts and craft, story-telling, a wooden train set, a thomas the tank engine train set and a great treasure hunt!
The admission fee is £5.50 per child which includes one accompanying adult.
Any extra adults would have to pay the regular price (£6.50)

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June 12th 2016
‘Under the Sea’ Children’s Playday

The Brighton Toy and Model Museum will be hosting an “Under the Sea” Play Day on Sunday 12th June from 2pm to 4:30pm.
Expect some fun games, arts and crafts, face painting, story telling, the usual wooden train set , crosswords and the Museum quiz, “I spy with my little eye”. The entrance also gives access to the Museum collections and to the old penny slot machines.
Don’t hesitate to bring your best costume!
Admission fee: £5.50 for a child and one accompanying adult (half price for members and patrons)
£6.50 for any additional adult.

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May 14th 2016
Family Fair
Day

The Brighton Toy and Model Museum celebrates its 25th anniversary and you’re all invited to celebrate it with us on Saturday the 14th of May at our Family Fair Day.
Punch and Judy shows, face-painting, vintage 10p slot machines, a chance to play on our pin bagatelle, other puppet shows and much more.

This event is part of the Brighton Fringe so limited tickets are available from the Fringe Box office but many more will be available on the day on the door here at the museum so no need to buy in advance.

Prices will be, as usual
£6.50 for an adult
£5.50 for senior citizens
£4 for children and students
£14 for families
(Pricing gives access to the Museum where the activities take place.)

Keep an eye on this page or on our Facebook event page for more details.

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May 12th 2016
Sharing Toys: Memories and Recollection

Centred around our memories of childhood and play, and based on Brighton Toy and Model Museum’s ever popular children’s play days, the night-time event will include all the things you would normally expect from a normal playday, but this time for grown-ups.

These include:

Construction toys to play with
Story Telling
Teddy bear cuddle area – tell the toys about your day!
Drawing and colouring activities
Share your memories in the memory book
Doll customisation. Dolls, scissors, permanent markers and sharp objects will be provided. And you can take your creations home with you.
View our exhibition to see the memories we’ve already collected.

All activities are included in the entry price.

Drinks and light refreshments will be on sale.

Tickets £4 (£3 concessions)

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April 23rd 2016
Train Running Day

On Saturday April 23rd 2016, the Brighton Toy and Model Museum will be hosting our next train running day .

The Museums ‘0’ gauge layout will be in use and a variety of model trains will be running to entertain and delight the visitors.

The entry price will be £10 for adults, £5.50 for disabled people and £5 for children.
The Museum is open 10:30 to 17:00 and the train running times will be 11:00 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 16:30

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March 17th 2016
The Fascinating world of Magnus Volk

Do you know the story behind the Volk’s Electric Railway?

Inventor Magnus Volk was not only the creator of the Volk’s Electric Railway and the “Daddy Long Legs” marine electric railway – he was also a key figure in the development of the electric light, the electric car and so much more. If you want to know more about the fascinating history of Magnus Volk and how he changed Brighton, come along to Brighton Toy and Model Museum on Thursday 17th March at 7pm.

£5 entry fee. Tickets available on the door or online through the Eventbrite link here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-fascinating-world-of-magnus-volk-tickets-22609650072.

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Lecturer: Ian Gledhill

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March 13th 2016
Dinosaurs Return! Children’s Playday

Due to amazing demand for tickets for this event we have to announce that it is, again, SOLD OUT!!!

Our Next Play Day will be a return to a Dinosaur theme and will be held on the 13th of March!

The second Dinosaurs Children’s Play Day at the Brighton Toy and Model Museum is taking place soon so dress up as your favourite dinosaur come along to enjoy our wild activities. Expect Jurassic arts and crafts, face painting, storytelling and play with the usual Museum’s soft toys and wooden train set.

£5.50 (£2.75 for members/patrons) includes the entry of a child and an adult.
Suitable for ages 3-10

Tickets will be on sale from our Eventbright page from Tuesday next week (1st of March).

Here is the link to the Eventbright page but remember, tickets wont actually go on sale until Tuesday.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dinosaurs-play-day-returns-tickets-22278710222

We have a maximum of 45 child places so please buy early to avoid disappointment. The last event sold out in about 2 hours!

Keep checking here or keep an eye on our Facebook page to get the most up to date details as they’re Announced.

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February 28th and 29th 2016
Toys in the Community – An Exhibition

After over a year’s work collecting reminiscences of peoples’ childhoods, family lives and upbringings Brighton Toy and Model Museum’s Toys in the Community project has had its début.
The project comprises a website www.toysinthecommunity.org which hosts numerous photographs and films of people discussing their memories. It also has a page where people are encouraged to add their own memories in writing, film or audio.
The project has also created a travelling exhibition. The exhibition takes the form of 9 display boards featuring photos and quotes from interviewees alongside video extracts, photographs and a selection of toys that can be handled and played with. It also includes a memory book, which can be used for recording your own memories in words or pictures.
The exhibition will be in situ at Brighton Toy and Model Museum in February on Sunday 28th and Monday 29th from 11am to 5pm. Admission is £5 (£4 concessions).
For more information please go to the toysinthecommunity.org website or email memories@brightontoymuseum.co.uk

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February 7th 2016

Children’s Dinosaurs Playday ***SOLD OUT***

Due to phenomenal demand, this event is now SOLD OUT.

Sorry if you missed out but we will consider running it again in the future.

Our first Play Day of 2016 is going to be grrrrreat!

The Dinosaurs Children’s Play Day at the Brighton Toy and Model Museum is taking place on Sunday 7th February, so dress up as your favourite dinosaur come along to enjoy our wild activities. Expect Jurassic arts and crafts, face painting, storytelling and play with the usual Museum’s soft toys and wooden train set.

£5 (£2.50 for members/patrons) includes the entry of a child and an adult.
Suitable for ages 3-10

Tickets are now on sale on our Eventbrite page here (with an additional 50p charge to offset what we’re charged for selling online): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/childrens-dino-playday-tickets-20967826333

We have a maximum of 50 child places so please consider buying in advance to avoid disappointment on the day.

Keep checking here or keep an eye on our Facebook page to get the most up to date details as they’re decided.

January 16th 2016
Train Running Day – ‘The Grand Tour’

On Saturday January 16th 2016, the Brighton Toy and Model Museum will be hosting our next public train running day on the theme of “The Grand Tour”.

The Museums ‘0’ gauge layout will be in use and model trains from across Europe will be running to evoke the feeling of those pre war journeys around the continent.

The entry price will be £10 for adults, £5.50 for disabled people and £5 for children.
The Museum is open 10:30 to 17:00 and the train running times will be 11:00 to 13:00 and 14:30 to 16:30

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December 13th 2015
Childrens ‘Christmas’ Playday

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Our next PlayDay is on 13 December and the theme is …CHRISTMAS!
We’ll be hosting an afternoon of festive fun with all our usual attractions, including face-painting, arts and crafts, toys to play with and a story teller. The story will naturally be on a Yuletide theme and the crafts will centre around making Christmas decorations, including the basics such as paper chains and snowflakes to garlands, angels and stars. Face-painting will be on a similarly festive theme, unless you want something else, we can paint you up to look like anything you want.
£5 (£2.50 for members/patrons) includes the entry of a child and an adult.
Suitable for ages 3-10

Keep checking here or keep an eye on our Facebook page to get the most up to date details as they’re decided.

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November 21st 2015
A Musical evening with Harry’s Tricks

Come and Join us at the Museum for an evening of Music from Britain and America from the 1920’s, 30’s, 40’s.
‘Harry’s Tricks’ will be providing the sounds to get you swinging and swaying and maybe even doing the Charleston.
We will have a licensed bar to help grease any creaking joints so no excuse not to cut a rug in a truly nostalgic setting.

£8 for an adult, £5 for a child. For more information:
https://www.facebook.com/events/435766373281762/

 

November 8th 2015
Childrens ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Playday

On Sunday the 8th of November we will be holding our next Playday.

The Brighton Toy and Model Museum will be hosting an Alice in Wonderland based Play-Day between 2pm and 5pm.

Expect arts and crafts, storytelling, face painting, building train sets, soft toys, a quiz, ect.

Entry will be £5 per child with an accompanying adult free.

Keep an eye on this page to get the most up to date details as they’re decided.

 

October 17th 2015

Train Running Day ‘The Flying Scotsman’

On Saturday October 17th the Brighton Toy and Model Museum will be having a special public train running day on the theme of “The Flying Scotsman”. The Museum’s “0” gauge layout will feature locomotives and trains which operated under the auspices of the “East Coast Joint Stock” as the “Special Scotch Express” from 1862, and from 1924 under the LNER, as the “Flying Scotsman”. The cream of “0” gauge model maker representations of this iconic train will feature in action, including many rarities not often seen in use. The Museum’s newly re-furbished 00 layout will also feature more modern representations of the period.

The entry price will be £10 for adults, £5.50 for disabled people and £5 for children.
The Museum is open 10:30 to 17:00 and the train running times will be 11:00 to 13:00 and 14:30 to 16:30

THE FLYING SCOTSMAN BACK IN BRIGHTON

This, possibly the most famous steam locomotive in the world, made a momentous visit to Brighton in 1962, for the one and only time, attracting considerable attention. In tribute to this most iconic of steam locomotives, on Saturday 17th October, the Brighton Toy and Model Museum will present the “Flying Scotsman” locomotive and examples of the crack London to Edinburgh express service it was named after, running in scale model form. The Museum’s extensive world famous O gauge model railway layout will operate the representations of various phases of the train, since it’s inception in 1862, using models by top makers of the time. Included will be many scarce models not often operated because of their rarity and age, except on special occasions, such as this.

The Flying Scotsman locomotive, built by Sir Nigel Gresley in 1923, continued in service right up to British Rail’s dieselation of motive power in 1963. From it’s earliest days it ranked as “Concorde” or the QEII” as the zenith of british transport engineering. After “retirement” , it was privately owned by various individuals and operated on rail-tours in the UK, USA and finally in Australia. In the USA the tour ran into financial difficulties and was seized by US creditors. Fortunately Sir William McAlpine paid off the debt and organised the return of the locomotive back to the UK. The Flying Scotsman is presently undergoing final restoration to main-line running by the National Railway Museum, it’s present home, in 2016. Sir William is to be thanked for rescuing an icon of British transport heritage from the clutches of US liquidators, as it’s days would have surely ended in US posession. The Brighton Toy & Model Museum is also pleased to rank Sir William as one of it’s Patrons.

The Brighton Toy and Model Museum’s special “Flying Scotsman” themed running day on Saturday 17th of October will see the trains in operation from 11.00 to 1.00 and 2.30 to 4.30, the Museum being open from 10.30 to 5.00. The Museum is directly beneath the Brighton Main Line railway station forecourt, a stone’s throw from where the “real” Flying Scotsman stood in 1962. For more information see the Museum’s web site : www.brightontoymuseum.co.uk. or telephone 01273 749494.

Keep checking here or on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/815954711852882/ for up to date details.

 

 

October 11th 2015

Children’s ‘Halloween’ Playday

The Brighton Toy and Model Museum will be hosting a Halloween Play-Day on October 11th between 2pm and 5pm.

Expect arts and crafts, storytelling, face painting, building train sets, soft toys, a quiz, ect.
If you’re looking forward to dressing up like a witch, a pumpkin, or any kind of monster, pop in at the Toy Museum and make some magic happen!

Entry will be £5 per child with an accompanying adult free.

Keep an eye on this page or on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1676671632548771/ to get the most up to date details as they’re decided.

 

September 13th 2015

Children’s Playday, Once Upon a Dream…..

On Sunday 13th of September we will be holding our second Playday of 2015.

This time there’ll be mythical beasts and fantastical tales and of course as always, plenty of FUN!

Aimed at Children from ages 3 up to 12.

The £5 entry fee (£2.50 for members/patrons), includes 1 child and 1 adult but any other accompanying adults will need to pay the standard Museum admission cost.

Why not Like our page on Facebook to get notified as soon as new events are planned?
https://www.facebook.com/Brighton.Toy.Museum

 

August 16th 2015

Children’s Super Spacey Playday

On Sunday 16th of August we will be having our first Playday of 2015, and, in honour of NASA taking those awesome pictures of Pluto this event will be themed on Space Exploration and Science Fiction.

Expect papercrafts, art, stories, play and most importantly FUN!

All based around rockets and aliens, astronauts and space stations.

Aimed at Children from age 3 up to 12.

The £5 entry fee (£2.50 for members/patrons), includes 1 child and 1 adult but any other accompanying adults will need to pay the standard Museum admission cost.

If you’d like to find out more then take a look at our Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/503359766479560

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