THE annual Alresford Festival of Toy Trains returns to Perins Community School in June.

The show, now in its 22nd year, helps raise money for Save the Children and other groups in and around Alresford.

The largest vintage toy train show in the country, it boasts 20 vintage layouts and 80 specialist sales tables selling old and new toy and model trains. 

Vintage layouts include the Hornby O gauge electric layout and Clockwork layouts in addition to a large Hornby Dublo two rail layout and a three rail layout.

There will also be a mammoth Tri-ang Railways layout circa mid 1960s with Minic motorway plus Tri-ang TT and TRIX layouts.

Lone Star 000 and Brio will be available for children to play with and a Tri-ang Industrial layout will be on the stage.

A large LEGO layout set up by members of the Brickish Association will be one of the top attractions with Tri- Lionel Marx and American Flyer 0 Gauge Tinplate trains.

The Bowman Society will be running live steam trains indoors and outside will be a large Playmobile Garden railway.

Alresford Scouts will run a BBQ with real ale supplied by The Pots Brewery, served by Alresford Pigs. 

Blues band Watch Out will contribute live music and refreshments organized by Four Marks Scouts will also be available.

A small Classic Car Show will be held on the School Field.

The festival takes place on Saturday, June 14 from 11am until 5pm. Admission costs £5 for adults, £3 for children and £14 for a family. Early entry at 9am costs £10.

Further details are available from Bob Leggett on 01962 733475 or log on to