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MAFVA Nationals Model Show & Competition


The 2023 MAFVA Nationals will take place at our regular home; the Burgess Hall on 18th June 2023.

The venue : The Burgess Hall, Westwood Rd, Saint Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 6WU.

For details of disabled access please contact Burgess Hall.

For 2023 Trade and MAFVA branch bookings  bookings contact

2023 Show layout

Trade Stands: The traders will be in the main hall and drama studio, with MAFVA branches  and visiting clubs on the ground floor in the main hall and drama studio.

2023 MAFVA National Competition: The competition area will be upstairs. Competition entries are £1 for adults (£2.00 for non MAFVA members), free for juniors (up to age 16).  In addition to the MAFVA competition classes, there will be open classes for non-members. 

For details and rules please see……nals-competition/

Model broken in transit? Repair it at the Model Repair Station.

Refreshments On the ground floor is a bar that will be serving hot and cold drinks plus a variety of snacks.  There is also a café next door in the Sports Hall.

Bring & Buy: The Bring & Buy will be upstairs in the Aquarius Room.

Membership and back issues desk, the tombola and others will be in the foyer.


Entry for paid-up MAFVA members will be free, (you will be able to re-subscribe on the door).  Adult non-members will pay £5.00, while entry for accompanied children (under 16) is free.

Access and parking

Show location:

Burgess Hall, One Leisure St Ives, Westwood Rd, Saint Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 6WU

Free parking is available on site. Please follow the directions of the stewards.

Phone: 01480 388500

By car:

The two main routes are:

  • From the A14, turn off on Junction 26 towards St Ives (A1096).  Turn left at the second roundabout into Meadow Lane and follow the one-way system via Cromwell Place and Oliver Road into East Street, turn right into Globe Place, first left into North Road, right into Ramsey Road, first left into Westwood Road and follow to Burgess Hall.
  • From the A1/A1(M), take the A14 and at the first roundabout (Junction 23) take the first exit towards Huntingdon and March (A141).  At the fourth roundabout, take the second exit onto the A1123 (Huntingdon Road) and go through Wyton and Houghton.  At the traffic lights in St Ives turn right into Ramsey Road, then second right into Westwood Road and follow to Burgess Hall.

There is a large car park just outside the hall, but as this is shared with the Sports Hall we ask all drivers to park responsibly.  Traders will be parking on the adjacent tennis courts.

By public transport:

The main east coast railway line passes through Huntingdon, which is the nearest railway station to St Ives and is between 45 minutes and an hour from London.  Buses run from Huntingdon to St Ives.  You are advised to check timetables before departing.

Cambridge, Huntingdon and St Ives are connected by the guided Busway.


Time Event
08.00 Set-up for traders and exhibitors only
10.00 Doors open to public
10.00 Competition entries open
12.00 Competition entries close
16.00 Competition results announced and presentation of awards
17.00 Show closes
19.00 Hall closes for traders and exhibitors


Bring & Buy.

Visitors wishing to sell kits or books at the Bring & Buy can download the form in advance by clicking here.

See you at St Ives!

Archive – past MAFVA shows

The 2022 archive is in preparation and will be published here in due course.

There were no MAFVA Nationals in 2020 ans 2021 due to Covid.

The 2019 MAFVA National was a great success. Click here for report.

Watch the video of the 2019 show.

The 2019 Nationals was sponsored by…..





Competition prizes were kindly supplied by Airfix Model World Magazine and Armourfast.

Some of the traders that exhibited at the 2019 show were:

• Armourfast • Arrowhead Minatures • Avid Reader • Black Lion • Bull Models •  Christopher Morris Books • Dan Taylor Modelworks • Early War Minatures • Freindship Models • Frome Model Centre • Giesbers • Kit Krazy • Matador • Parabellum • Pol Models • S&M Models • Sgt’s Mess • Sovereign 2000 • Tiger Hobbies • 


A very warm welcome to…..


       Rif Raf Models from Dundee



Breveco Modelling from the Netherlands

The 2018 Show

The 2018 Nationals Model Competition was sponsored by AIRFIX MODEL WORLD, who supplied a wealth of prizes and are still offering discounts on Key Publication subscriptions and one-off bookzines. See Member’s Area for details.

The 2018 Video: 

The 2018 photographs: 

The 2017 Show

The 2017 show competition was sponsored by : Airfix Model World, Casemate Publishing, Tiger Hobbies and Revell


A big thank you goes out to our sponsors and the attending traders. Without the help and support of these people the MAFVA Nationals wouldn’t be possible.

See the pictures of 2017 show here

See the results of the 2017 competition here (PDF)

The 2017 show competition was sponsored by sponsored by : Airfix Model World, Casemate Publishing, Tiger Hobbies and Revell


Juniors Competition sponsored by: Armourfast


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