Kensington Dollshouse Festival (formerly the London Dollshouse Festival) was established in 1985 by Caroline Hamilton & Sue Atkinson, both dolls house enthusiasts, who wanted to create an event that would bring together the top dolls house makers & miniature artists from around the world with dolls house collectors & aficionados.
Over the last 35 years the Festival has become the top international show for quality dolls’ houses, baby houses, miniatures & models.
Faithful customers travel to London from Asia, USA, Africa, Australia and Europe, just to visit the Festival every year, there are 170+ craftsmen exhibiting, with approximately ¼ of the total exhibitors travelling from outside the UK and most of whom make the items they sell themselves. 95% of all the items for sale are completely hand made.
In 2005, Charlotte Stokoe took over the organisation of the Festival, and introduced other events alongside the main show, including workshops (in association with IGMA – The International Guild of Miniature Artisans), tours to places of interest, free children’s activities & the PIMA (Perfection in Miniature Awards). A one day Christmas Festival was added to the calendar in 2008, which quickly became as popular & successful as its Summer counterpart.
(KDF) is such a lovely event for a very personal hobby. Being able to meet the craftsperson and handle the items, chat and be advised and guided by them is indispensable.Janet Treacher – Derbyshire
Great care is taken when selecting each craftsman who attends the Festival, to make sure there is the perfect selection of miniatures available in all price ranges. Samples of work are always viewed before offering a table, hence keeping up the high standards of the shows.
We also provide a beautiful, free, A4, full colour catalogue with full details of all the exhibitors and clear easy to read floor plans, as well as free cloakroom facilities & excellent refreshments at the shows.
We are now the only place in Central London to buy top quality miniatures & the largest dolls house & miniatures show in the UK – a fantastic day out for everyone!
The two KDF shows are definitely highlights of my year, I centre my two trips to England from the US around them. Thanks for all the very hard work you put into the organisation.Patricia Achard – USA