Intricate displays of life in miniature at dolls house fair

LIFE in miniature was celebrated at York Racecourse as designers, makers and enthusiasts came together for the Dolls House and Miniatures Fair.

Abbie Speakman aged 11 looks at Miniatures by Pat Kay Picture by Simon Hulme

Now in its 15th year, the biannual event was attended by more than 1,000 people on Sunday.

More than 85 exhibitors included Yorkshire Miniaturist Association and The Miniature Scene of York, as well as crafts people from around the country.

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There were also expert talks and demonstrations, giving visitors the chance to try new techniques and ask questions.

Rachel Menzies from Goole with her Dolls House of Fairfax House, York Picture by Simon Hulme

One of the demonstrations was by John Lloyd of Green Scene, who gave a hands-on display of static grass application, offering hints and tricks on how to create realistic grass in minutes.

Designer Jane Harrop gave a talk on the characteristic styles of interiors and furnishings through the centuries.

Event manager Kathy McKenna said: “It was a glorious day, with a buzzing and lively atmosphere that really captured the world of miniatures.

“The show covered every aspect of the hobby, from hand-made houses to intricately crafted dolls and accessories.”

Rachel Menzies from Goole with her Dolls House of Fairfax House, York Picture by Simon Hulme