Posted by: marymarthatours | June 8, 2014

Kensington Dollshouse Festival, 2015


After several requests from travelers who went on our 2012 England in Miniature Tour, Martha and I are considering a short tour to London in May 2015 to take in the Kensington Dollshouse Festival.  Martha spent part of a day at the show this May and was very impressed with the quality of the merchandize, the friendliness of the vendors, and the helpfulness and enthusiasm of show organizer Charlotte Stokoe, with whom Martha talked for quite a while.

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Charlotte Stokoe and vender Kate Pinsent (left) at her booth at the Kensington Show

Vendors at the show told Martha that this is the best miniatures show in the United Kingdom, and I have heard the same when chatting with UK craftspeople each April at the Tom Bishop show in Chicago.  Not only does the Kensington Dollshouse Festival attract top quality British craftspeople, but it also has European vendors whom we seldom see in the United States.  Some vendors have been at the Kensington show every year of its 30 year history.  Many of these British and European vendors do not attend the large American shows any longer because of the high costs involved.   For example, I originally met Kate Pinsent at the Chicago International Show, but I purchased my family of dolls for Barley Hall from her at the Birmingham Miniatura because she no longer shows in Chicago.  (click here to read the whole story)  I’m thrilled that I will see her again at the Kensington show next May. 

The 2015 Kensington Dollshouse Festival dates are Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17.  Although the itinerary and travel plans have not yet been finalized, we are looking at departing from the USA on Wednesday, May 13, and returning on Thursday, May 21.   We will spend the entire seven nights at one hotel in London, hopefully one of the two hotels that are closest to the show venue.

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In addition to two days admission to the show, the itinerary will include a day trip to Windsor.  We will allow plenty of time to view Queen Mary’s Dollshouse before seeing the rest of Windsor Castle and then enjoy more time in Windsor for lunch and some exploring or shopping. 

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V&A Museum of Childhood exterior and interior

In London, the Geffrye Museum, with its full-scale rooms from 4 centuries of English homes is a must stop, as is the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood which features many unique, old dollshouses.  We have some other ideas for London visits and show-related activities, but it’s too early to reveal those.  Oh, yes, there will also be plenty of free time for our travelers to get out on their own to experience the sights and delights of London.

The size of the group for this tour is being kept very small.  We anticipate a maximum of 13 participants.  We won’t have the brochure ready for this tour until early August, but if you are interested please contact us.  We will be delighted to send you a brochure when available.

(by Mary)

Photo credits:  KDF photos copyright Martha Liska and used by permission; Windsor castle copyright Mary Wallace; Museum of Childhood exterior & interior copyright David Hawgood and licensed for reuse by Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 license.



  1. I’d be interested in the London trip. Hopefully life will be normalized then.

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Hi Mary
    I went to the Geffrye some years back when it had a showing of Christmas Down Through the Ages. I reckon it’€™s one of London’€™s best kept secrets! Hope your tour folk enjoy the experience.

  3. I am interested in price and tours, can you send information on openings of upcoming tours

  4. Are you still doing England miniature shows?? One for 2018?? Thank you
    Toni Pugliano.

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