Carronade 2018!

Saturday 12th May, 2018.
Graeme High School, Falkirk, Scotland
10am - 4pm

Adults £3, Concessions (under 16, over 60) £1
50+ Traders
40+ demonstration & participation games
Painting competitions
Our ever-popular Flea Market 

A date for your diary. And over the winter months a wee incentive whilst you tackle all those gaming, painting and modelling projects!  

Carronade 2018 contacts:

TRADERS: Douglas Thomson, email, telephone 07973 270687

CLUBS: Kenny Thomson, email, telephone 01324 714248

The Traders

The list of attending Traders, so far...

Club & Trader Games

Demonstration & public participation games

Flea Market

The popular Carronade flea market

Painting Competition

7 categories for miniature artists

Carronade 2018 FAQs

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.

Yes, There is LIMITED FREE parking on the school grounds. Please park responsibly and take care not to block access routes. Thank you.

Alternative nearby parking may be found at the Callendar Business Park and Falkirk Council also operate a number of car parks in the area.

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.

CARRONADE! Named after the short range, heavy calibre cannon used by the Royal Navy in the Napoleonic wars and cast at the Carron Ironworks on the outskirts of Falkirk.

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!