Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Remaining Trade and Exhibitor space.

Following the expiry of the the priority booking period there are still some spaces available at Midland Expo 2017 “The Last Hurrah” for both traders and exhibitors (clubs and SIGs). Remaining spaces will be allocated on a first come-first served basis so it is recommended that any clubs or traders wanting to attend submit their bookings as quickly as possible.

To download invitations/booking forms please click on the following links:


Exhibitors (clubs and SIGs);

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Midland Epo 2017 "The Last Hurrah"

As many will already know, this year's show will be the last ever Midland Expo, hence the tag-line "The Last Hurrah". The reasons are explained in the statement from IPMS Birmingham's Chairman, reproduced below.

The preparations for the show are now well advanced, with priority invitations having gone out to traders and exhibitors (Clubs and SIGs) who have supported us in recent years. If you are in this category but have not yet received an in invitation please contact the individuals shown below. The priority invitations are valid until the end of April after which any unbooked space will be made available to all-comers on a "first come, first served" basis.

Booking contacts:

Traders; Roland Turner -

Exhibitors; Matt Nicholls -

IPMS Birmingham Chairman's statement.

30th November 2016

Following this year's Midland Expo (2016) the Branch Committee and Show Management Team undertook, as usual, an analysis of the event and came to the realisation that, for various reasons, the show would become untenable within a very few years.

From a financial standpoint we have seen a year by year reduction in returns from the show and can predict that there will come a time in the not too distant future when it will start to become loss making. Inevitably costs rise each year which can only be offset by increasing trader fees and entrance prices which we feel would be counterproductive.

Separate to the financial considerations there is also the availability of the organisers. Put simply we are an ageing group - of the six of us involved this year only two are under sixty and none under fifty - I am pleased to add that Karl Robinson has since come on board for the final year which redresses the balance a little. None-the-less it does mean that a substantial proportion of the organising team are either retired, semi-retired or nearing retirement, and while that might be expected to give them more free time, in reality most have plans or commitments that mean that they will have less time to devote to running the show.

Other factors include recent and possible future changes to legislation regarding public events and ensuring our organisers and members are properly protected against legal action and covered by public liability insurance.

Given the above and not wishing Midland Expo to fade away ignominiously we took the positive decision to have one last show – Midland Expo 2017 with tag-line (Competition Secretary George Green's suggestion) “The Last Hurrah”.

Roland Turner
Chairman IPMS Birmingham.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Post show review.

So, Midland Expo is over for another year and the organisers are now taking a well earned rest for a few days. There are of course a few jobs to be done such as producing a final set of accounts to see if it was all worthwhile financially. We will then have to review the show and start look forward to what we are going to do next year.

Meanwhile our friends at Leicester Modellers have arlready published a review of the show on their own website, complete with a photo gallery.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Less than two weeks to go.

With less than two weeks to go until Midland Expo 2016 thing are finally coming together.

We have a full compliment of clubs and Special Interest Groups (SIGs), for a full list go to the Exhibitors Page.

Meanwhile the almost complete list of traders can be found on the Traders Page. At this stage we are just awaiting confirmation from one trader to compete the list.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Midland Expo 2016 flyers now available.

The Midland Expo 2016 flyers have been printed and will be available at Scale ModelWorld.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Date for Midland Expo 2016 announcement.

IPMS Birmingham is pleased to announce that Midland Expo 2016 will take place on Sunday 31st July 2016.

The venue will once again be Leasowes Sports Centre, Kent Road, Halesowen. B62 8PJ.

Club/SIG and trader invitations will be sent out in the near future to regular supporters.