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Kensington Dollshouse Festival Summer Show 2023

Round-up of our latest event at Kensington Town Hall

The dust has settled on another great show at Kensington Town Hall.  This is the 38th year of this very special event & even train strikes could not stop dolls house enthusiasts travelling from all over the UK & the world to view the incredible miniatures on show.

 Perfection in Miniature Awards 2023:

Alongside the Debut Award, we had the 8th Perfection in Minaitures Awards taking place.  What an incredible competition this was this year.  Such a wide range of miniatures entered; it made judging this year very difficult as everyone had a different favourite!  The winners were:

1st Place Nicola Mascall & Masters Miniatures with their Edwardian piano stool with embroidered lid.

2nd Place Abi Trotman of Tobacco & Regrets with ‘Good Housekeeping’ a selection of 1950’s household appliances.

3rd Place Gill Rawlings of Petite Fleur with ‘Almost Ready for the Orchid Show’ a beautiful display of orchids, made from brass & hand painted.

The ’People’s Choice Award’ went to Tine Krijnen & Valeria Bonomi who made a moving automata of ‘The Dancing Red Shoes’  These perfectly formed ruby slippers moves as if by magic accompanied by a piano tune (played by Tine herself). See all entries in the Perfection in Miniature Awards HERE.

LDF Debut Award:

Something that we have promoting for the last 12 months is our commitment to finding new & talented makers for our shows.  For this reason, we joined forces with Emma Waddell of Dolls House Grand Designs to offer an award for new craftsmen attending our shows.  This took in all new makers from the Christmas Show in 2022 & our Summer Show in May. We are pleased to say we had a total of 39 new stands at these shows & picking a winner was a tough job.  We wanted to support a business that we felt would be around for a long time & who had really thought about what they were selling & how they were promoting their business.

We were pleased to present the trophy to “LIVE A LITTLE MINIATURES”. Based in Canada, they travelled all the way to London with their handmade Chandeliers & handbags (2 things that you can never have enough of!)  They won a free table at one of our shows in 2024 + £500 to go towards the costs of attending a show. Miniature Dream Homes was the runner up.

Houses on Display:

One of the highlights of the show was the beautiful Cabinet House created by Steve Putnam.  Steve is a regular visitor to our show & we were pleased to be finally able to persuade him to pack up his incredible dolls house & bring it to Kensington for us all to admire. You can read more about Steve’s House HERE

We also had a small but unique house created by Amy Balfour.  Her unique decorative style is so fresh & gave inspiration to so many visitors.

Unicef for Ukraine.

Once again we raised money for Unicef & their work in Ukraine at the show. We had our popular ‘Lucky Drawers’ which were filled with beautiful miniatures donated by our exhibitors.  We also had a couple of vintage box shops up for auction, donated by The Pig Style.  I am pleased to announce we raised £2000 – our best total ever I think.

Children’s Activities:

As always we want to get the young visitors to our shows involved too.  The Marvellous Mouse Hunt was running throughout the show & over 50 children took part in this activity that has become such a KDF tradition.  We also opened the doors to the Gingerbread Craft Club again.  Children could make mini packaging for their dolls houses, with the help of some printouts designed for us by Shepherd Miniatures. Others dressed some peg dolls – always a popular activity for a certain age group.

Show Highlights:

KDF Exhibitors old & new all brought some incredible work for us to view.   Here are a few photos below, or why not watch this vlog HERE by Josje. It is a great record of the show.

London Dollshouse Festivals – Next Events:

LDF Online Showcase – September 4th – 10th 2023. Access via our website
KDF Christmas Show – December 2nd – Kensington Town Hall