The title isn’t a typo! I’m pleased to announce that the National Garden Railway next year, in 2023, will return to being a spring event, which it always was prior to the Pandemic. The date booked for the show is Saturday 15th April 2023, a little later than shows of the past, which were sometimes as early as the last week in March. The return to April will remove the conflict with early summer holidays, something which the Association’s primary demographic is well placed to take advantage of.
The venue will again be the Peterborough Arena. You may have noticed media reports that part of the East of England Showground, on which the Arena sits, will be the subject of an application for housing and a leasure resort. This affects outdoor events only. The Arena will continue as the vibrant and well used indoor exhibition venue that it’s always been.
Setup of the 2022 show is taking place in front of me and is well advanced. The layouts and many of the traders are ready for visitors tomorrow. You can still buy tickets on the day and the forecast tomorrow is dry with a high of 21 degrees. If you haven’t made up your mind to visit the greatest garden railway show in the UK, it’s not too late! I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.
Alan Regan, Chairman & Show Director