Preston Arms Fair – 13th August 2017

The August 13th Fair started with a queue of 80 plus visitors waiting for 9am and the door to open !  Once again the footfall was excellent and for this fair we had several new Dealers/Collectors taking tables.  Many dealers said they had enjoyed excellent sales and very many visitors also said to us that they had purchased superb items, we notice that there are now many visitors from north of the border who have started to visit our fair on a regular basis.

 Please see the photos of this fair, all tables were taken and the range of collectables were really superb.

The Dealers £50 raffle was won by Steve Robinson, well done Steve, nice display !

 Our next fair will be held on the 5th November, and we hope to see you then at The Park Hall Hotel

 All the best from the Preston Arms Fair Team !


Preston Arm Fair – Bank Holiday Mon 29th May ’17

The weather as usual was cold and rainy befitting most of our Bank Holidays ! Despite this the fair was very well attended and you can see in our photo gallery many of the dealers tables attracting lots of interest, the waiting list for tables has grown and we may well expand the fair in the near future.   Many visitors and dealers reported a very good day with a lot of militaria being brought to the fair by Veterans or their families which, of course, is a great way to acquire items that have never been in a collection. Our next fair will be on Sunday the 13th August 2017 and we hope to see you all there , and as always drive carefully and the best of luck with your search for that special item for your collection !

 The Preston Arms fair Team

Preston Arms Fair – 5th March 2017

The first Preston Arms Fair of the new year was a resounding success with all tables being taken and with a growing waiting list from dealers wanting to attend the fair, this together with the most visitors we have ever achieved made the day a memorable one.

In line with our advertising policy for the fair we have re-booked all of the magazines from last year, the latest one is the “History of War ” an excellent publication, and not forgetting the superb “Black and White ” which lists all collectors fairs in the U.K. We believe that our fair is the most advertised collectors event in the U.K.

For pictures of the fair on the 5th March 2017 please visit our Gallery. The winner of the Dealers Raffle was Mick Stott, well done Mick !

Following the success of the new Militaria Fair on the Wirral at the Leasowe Castle we are pleased to advertise the second fair which will be held on Sunday the 23rd April 2017.
For details telephone : 07927842645

 We would like to wish all of our dealers and visitors and collectors a superb New Year of collecting and we hope to see you all at our second Fair on the 29th May from 9am to 2.15pm

The Preston Arms Fair Team

Preston Arms Fair -14th August 2016

Our twenty Eighth Arms and Militaria Fair held on the 14th August 2016 compared favorably with the August fair last year with regards to numbers of collectors attending. All fairs are different, our dealers reported good interest in their collectables but several said that the spending was down from the last fair held in May of this year…however the atmosphere was superb and we all enjoyed a great day.
There were many excellent items offered for sale by visitors, one of which was an excellent German Naval Dagger with an Ivory handle circa 1938.
The winner of the Dealers raffle was again Alan Jones from The English Armory ……… 2nd Time Alan !!
Our next fair will be held on the 13th November 2016, and again the event will be fully booked with very many regular well known Dealers, we hope to see many of you there, and we wish you success in finding that special item for your collection !
Best Regards from the Preston Arms Fair Team  and drive safely !

Preston Arms Fair – Monday 30th May 2016

The 2nd Fair of the year was again very well attended by our regular collectors and also first time visitors, many who had heard of our Fair from the increased advertising we have taken out in excellent magazines like the History of War and Britain at War.   Also improved signs to the Fair were placed on the Services .

Due to the events happening in Normandy to remember ” D Day ” in early June six regular dealers were absent from the Fair but we were pleased to welcome the same amount of excellent new dealers from our waiting list so the Fair opened with a full complement of tables, and the Fair was a success.
There has been no further significant moves regarding the so called New Weapon De-Activation Regulations. As the U.K. may well vote to leave the June , where this regulation came from , it may be possible that no further action will be taken, time will tell.
Our next Fair will be held on the 14th August 2016 , we hope to see you all there, and as always best of luck in our hobby of collecting and safe driving  !
The Preston Arms Fair Team

Preston Arms Fair – Sunday 6th March 2016

The first Preston Arms Fair of 2016 held on the 6th March was by far the best attended fair we have yet enjoyed. We now have a regular attendance of circa fifty plus dealers with a waiting list so we can always deliver to the our visitors and collectors a full house of dealers to choose from, with a wide and varied scope of artifacts  from many eras of history.

To keep our fair to the forefront of the military collectors world we are now advertising in the following excellent Magazines for each of our Arms and Militaria fairs.

  • The Armourer
  • Classic Arms and Militaria
  • Gun Mart
  • Britain at war
  • History of War
  • The “Black and White “

 Of course the A5 leaflets , our Website and the best of all, Word of Mouth, are altogether making our fair far more noticeable to UK collectors. Many of our visitors have travelled some distance to attend, and indeed many of our superb dealers are not just local people but are from hundreds of miles away in many cases.

Many of us are awaiting the new regulations for de-activated weapons in the UK ! Many rumors are circulating of course, and the wrong Kneejerk reaction to the recent discovery that the weapons used in the recent French massacre were re-constituted and not normal live firing weapons, could have devastating impacts on our hobby. The inference is obvious honest collectors will suffer for this and If all previously legally held de-activated weapons with UK certificates, of both “early” and second variant are “Recalled ” to be welded up , the values of these items would be reduced by at least 50% leaving many honest collectors both out of pocket and very disappointed that their treasured historical artifacts have been virtually destroyed as far as collecting goes. Would Blank Firing Guns and items such as the Shoei FG42 replica be exempt?

I imagine no thought by those making decisions ( Who the hell are these people ? ) has gone into the logistics of how and who would be welding up these vast amounts of de-activated weapons ?? Costs etc.. ( This is to pay to have your item to be butchered !! ) Would you ever see your item again??

We hope many of us has contacted our MP’s and MEP’s to urge them to work against this new ruling, if we do not the authorities will feel that no one is interested and will pass unhindered regulations.

It looks like, yet again, that a majority is being affected by the actions of unhinged minorities

The existing regulations are more than enough to control collecting de-activated weapons ……..All that needs to happen is that European specifications are brought up to UK standards…Job Done !!

Our next Fair will be held on the Bank Holiday Monday the 30th May 2016, we hope to see many of you there for another superb collectors day at Preston

We wish you all an exciting 2016 in the collectors world and that you find those special items for your collection !

Life      Prosperity        Health 

 The Preston Arms Fair Team

Preston Arms Fair – Sunday 8th November


As usual the last Fair of the year fell on Remembrance Sunday . A two minute silence in memory of all of the British and Allied  Soldiers both killed and wounded in the two World Wars and in all the conflicts that have followed, including the brave Soldiers confronting the present terror in Iraq and Afghanistan, we remember them all.  Poppies were for sale in the reception and a good amount of money was collected for the Royal British Legion.

We are very pleased to report that this fair was probably the best ever, there was a very steady stream of visitors throughout the day and indeed people were still coming in at 2pm ( Free of charge at that time ) The atmosphere was very good and most dealers reported excellent sales , and purchases !

Despite moving to the much larger Park Hall Hotel, we are building up a substantial waiting list for tables from dealers in the North West and further afield, must be doing something right !

Our next Arms and Militaria Fair will be held on Sunday the 6th March 2016 and we hope to see many of you there, and as always drive carefully and enjoy your hobby.

Best wishes from the Preston Arms Fair Team for a very Happy Christmas and a Wonderful New year of 2016

Preston Arms Fair – Sunday 9th August 2015


” Our latest Fair held on the 9th August 2015 was well attended for a Summer venue, our visitor numbers down only by 30 on our previous fair.

Since we moved to our new venue at Charnock Richard ( Park Hall Hotel ) we have been able to increase the numbers of dealers to circa 45 and climbing !! We are pleased that we are building up dealers who offer quality Antique Weapons and also Specialist Medals from many eras of history…..

With regards to the advertising for our Fair, we have always placed our adverts in leading magazines and for 2016 we have added the  ” Military History Monthly” magazine to these, another top quality monthly magazine which specializes in detailed histories of famous battles and personalities from all ages.

Our next Fair is on Sunday the 8th November ( Almost Christmas again !) when we will have a very good representation of German and Allied Soldiers and Vehicles from WW2  1944 by the excellent ” North West Collectors Re-Enactment Group” for our visitors to see…..

The Group is now attending large Military Shows such as the Yorkshire Military Show, Southport Air Show and the excellent Heywood Tank Weekend where the group demonstrated many WW2 Weapons for the visitors including am impressive Blank Firing session. The group will play a leading role in the new Military Re-Enactment show now in the planning stages for mid Summer 2017 in Leicestershire, full details will be coming early next year with a Press Release…watch this space..the Battlefield Arena is superb !

Well, we look forward to seeing many of you on the 8th November….and we wish you, as always, success with finding that special piece for your collection ! “

Best Regards from the Preston Arms Fair Team


Preston Arms Fair – Bank Holiday 25th May 2015

The second Arms and Militaria Fair held on the 25th May 2015 at our new venue at the Park Hall Hotel was very well attended and the weather stayed fine for us !  The venue is very easy to get to and the excellent car park facilities for 1000 cars is very well appreciated by all !
We had several new dealers specializing in Air weapons, Edged Weapons and medals in addition to our very regular stalwart dealers, whose professionalism has made the fair one of the best Arms and Militaria Fairs in the UK.
We thank the super efforts of the staff of the Hotel who erected over 100 tables to make the fair, and also the catering staff who supplied the refreshments…..
The Dealers Prize Draw for £50 was won by Dave Redfern from Dad’s Militaria…Well done Dave !
Our next fair is to be held on Sunday the 9th August 2015 and we hope to see you there and we hope you continue to enhance your collection with that special item !!
Best Regards from the Preston Arms Fair Team

Preston Arms Fair – 1st March 2015 – Park Hall Hotel

The new venue for our 22nd fair at the Park Hall Hotel, Charnock Richard, M6 was by far the best yet.
As with all new venues we have some improvements to make for our next fair on the 25th May ( Bank Holiday Monday ) and in fact we make every effort to make both the dealers and collectors experience better than the previous fair. The Lancastrian Suite is very spacious and has a great atmosphere and everyone who attended reported that they had very much enjoyed the day and the majority of tables were rebooked for May.
Again we had large number of re-enactors from the North West Collectors Reenactment Group present in full uniforms depicting WW1 and WW2 which added atmosphere to the venue, a big thanks to all who took the trouble to attend. We thank also Duncan from “Tanks for Sale” of Chorley for the loan of the  20mm Flak Gun which was on show at the entrance to the fair
At the next fair we will have several new dealers who have been on our waiting list and this new spacious venue now allows them to attend, plus the very loyal dealers who have been instrumental in making our fair the success it has become, most of whom have never missed a fair.
For those collectors who have not as yet had the Preston Arms Fair Experience, you are missing not only the friendliest of fairs but a fair committed to making your visit a truly memorable experience…Please see the pictures of our new venue in our Gallery section..
Until  we see you again take care and best wishes to you all in finding that special item for your collection!
Best Regards from the Preston Arms Fair Team