About the North Somerset Model Show
The seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, or simply Weston, is situated in Somerset County in southwest England just off the Bristol Channel. It is the birthplace of Leslie Townes Hope (1903 – 2003) who left at age five with his family to emigrate to the United States. He went on to become a stand-up comedian in vaudeville and an actor, singer, dancer, and author. Better known as Bob Hope, the famed comedian’s career lasted 80 years. Hope was in his mid-thirties when the world’s first helicopter took flight in 1939. There are over 100 helicopters on display at The Helicopter Museum in Weston and it is also the site of the North Somerset Model Show held every July.
Bob Hope and his friend Bing Crosby will not be there for obvious reasons but the one-day North Somerset Model Show, sponsored by the North Somerset Model Society (NSMS) will be well attended by International Plastic Modellers' Society (IPMS) clubs from all around the country.
This is indeed a gala event for modellers and traders. The models on display include trains, tanks, boats, aircraft, and even some sci-fi exhibitions from movies or the fertile imagination of the model builders. Collectors and hobbyists will find many bargains to be had. The Helicopter Museum provides the perfect venue with the real “choppers” providing the backdrop among the displays and dioramas.
Other than providing modellers a place to meet and mingle, the NSMS raises funds for various charities through events like the model shows. They have a long-standing association with The Helicopter Museum. They hold meetings twice a month and are affiliated with IPMS.
Entry To The Event
The current admission fee to The Helicopter Museum is £7.50 for adults, £6.50 for concessions, and £4.50 for children. Two family packages are offered for £20.00 (two adults and two kids) or £22 if you add another kid. The show runs from 10:00 a.m. to the late afternoon. Do contact the NSMS if there are any additional charges to attend the model show and for any last-minute entry fee changes.
Somewhere to Stay in Somerset
Weston is a tourist destination so there are many options for people looking for a campsite, a “glamping” site, a hotel, or a B&B. The closest campsite to the Helicopter Museum is the West End Farm Caravan Park sitting on 15 acres of land that is dry, well-drained, and level in a beautiful country setting.
Other Things To Do Around Weston-super-Mare
Visitors staying for a few days will have many things to explore in the Weston area and along the coast. Heading west from the model show is the Weston Museum, It was established in 1861 and is home to the North Somerset Council museum collection with exhibits relating to the town and surrounding area from 400 million years ago to the present day. The museum includes Clara’s Cottage, a typical Westonian home of the 1900s. From there, take a stroll to see the collection of scooters and other memorabilia by Nigel Cox at the Lambretta Scooter Museum.
The Helicopter Museum is mobility friendly with wheelchair access to all areas. The museum welcomes dogs on a lead but check with the NSMS about bringing a dog to the model show as there will be some fragile displays. Free parking is available at the Weston Milton Station about a 3-minute walk to the museum. Check with NSMS about parking on-site during the model show. Finally, remember to thank Bob Hope for all the memories.
When is the next North Somerset Model Show?
The North Somerset Model Show is planned to take place at Helicopter Museum, Locking Moor Road, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, BS24 8PP, Sunday 12th July, 2020. This is a Model Engineering Show.
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