TRADERS: On the day, there is likely to be 40+ Trade stands from the wargaming world ensuring you are well served for all your wargaming needs. Better start writing up that shopping list!
CLUBS: 40+ Clubs showcasing both demonstration and public participation games covering a variety of genres and miniature scales.
FLEA MARKET: Our ever-popular Flea market - a chance for some to clear their Lead Mountain, whilst others add to theirs!
PAINTING COMPETITION: Our painting competition, open to all, covering historical, fantasy and SF periods and genres. Go on, give it a try!
REFRESHMENTS: Hot n’ cold drinks and snacks available from the canteen, alongside refreshment facilities.
And of course, our friendly green and white apparelled FDWC Carronade Crew club members will be only too happy to answer any questions you have on the day.
The Flea market booking process is usually opened in early April. Please keep an eye on this site for future announcements. Until then, flea market bookings are closed.
No. Halls 4 & 5 are on the first floor, accessed by stairs. Disabled lift access is available upon request.
No. Some traders *may* have network access for bank cards, however, it is advisable to bring enough cash to avoid disappointment. And a shopping bag!
Yes. There is an on-site café with seating, providing hot and cold snacks. There are also washroom facilites.
SHOW HISTORY Established in 2006, Carronade has gone from strength to strength since our first experiment to try a show. We were not certain that there would be support for another Northern show but decided to give it a go after checking that the club finances were healthy enough to cope if it proved to be a disaster! We need not have worried.
The first show in Falkirk College was well attended and we covered our costs with a small profit. It has grown every successive year and we soon had to switch to our current venue at Graeme High School for more floor space. We are using every practical space in the school building now and only wish we had more.
One early Carronade innovation was to run a flea market rather than a traditional bring and buy. We believe we were one of the first UK shows to use this format which is better known at US conventions.
Gamers can hire a small table for a nominal fee in one or more of four 1 hour sessions during the day and sell their own items for whatever price they negotiate, with no cut taken by the club. It has proved hugely popular.
Staffing a show as large as Carronade! is a challenge if you still want club members to have time to look around the show and buy some new toys.
The flea market format needs just one club member present to manage the hall while a traditional bring and buy needs many pairs of hands. So, for us, it was either run the market area as a flea market format or nothing.
With the numerous traders, club demonstration and public participation games and the popular painting competition we hope our fellow gamers have a grand day out at Carronade!