The Chester Model Centre Christmas and Holiday Gift Guide

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Gift Ideas for Model Railway and Hobby Lovers of all ages

Find gifts for everyone at Chester Model Centre! Whether you’re shopping for a 3 year old, a 103 year old or anyone in between, our shop is chock full of unique and creative gifts sure to spread smiles this Christmas season. Think of us as a department store for hobbies with two floors to explore.

Here are a few ideas to inspire you:

Curious Creators

Inspire creative fun and get the young ones in your life started with a happy hobby! Start their model railway journey with Bolt (age 3+)

Bolt Hornby Playtrain set

 Car Obsessed Kid

This three-piece set of Metropolitan Police vehicles includes a Land Rover Discovery, a Vauxhall Vectra and a Jaguar XJS – hours of fun and open ended play! 

Metropolitan Police Vehicles

Budding Builders

Do you know that kid who takes everything apart to see how it works? Airfix Quickbuild kits are great for exploring how things fit together without the mess - no paint, no glue, just build! (ages 5+) 

Airfix Quickbuild Volkswagon Beatle Yellow


It’s more than just a game, with a mix of artistic creativity and tactical strategy. If you know someone who loves board games then its time they try wargames – it’s like a hobby within a hobby!

This Starter Set is perfect for new players: 

Warhammer Starter Set

Already know a wizard of war games? Make them smile on Christmas morning with the latest models, paints and accessories.

Model Train Enthusiast

We know the type 😊 and we know they are very particular. Top Tip! Make sure you know what gauge they work in – OO, N, O8 – so we can help you find the right locomotives, rolling stock, buildings and figures to suit. These terriers are particularly fun and popular.

Hornby Terrier R3848x DCC

Yearning for Yesteryear

With enigmatic images and the dramatic set titles children of the 1960s spent hours pouring through the Tri-Ang catalogue with hopes and wishes for Christmas. Those wonderful halcyon and imaginative days can be relived with the introduction of the Tri-ang Railways Remembered Train Sets

Tri-Ang Victorian Train Set RS48

Mindful Moments

We now stock Kidicraft jigsaws and have a huge range starting t 68 pieces going up to 1000! Can’t you just imagine a calm moment spent alone or together building this beautiful Vintage Toy Shoppe scene while sipping mulled wine and listening to festive tunes? 

Ye Olde Toy Shoppe Jigsaw Kidicraft

Dad & Lad

The real gift is time spent together and this Thomas & Friends OO Scale Electric Train Set is sure to provide hours and hours of fun. 

Thomas and Friends OO Scale Electric Train Set

Family  Fun

It’s waaaaay more fun when the whole family can get involved. This Hornby Family Fun Project is great value and has everything you need 

Hornby Family Fun Project

 Railway History Buff

Did you know we have tons of books about Britain’s railway history? This one gives a definitive introduction to the riches of Britain's past - the perfect way to get acquainted with express trains in all their variety.

Britain's Heritage Express Trains book

If exploring two floors of fun to find the perfect item is someone on your lists idea of a great day out, our vouchers are the solution. Pick them up online or in store.

 Chester Model Centre Gift Card

Happy Christmas and happy hobbying from Paul, Mark, Elliott, Colin, Ian and the whole family at Chester Model Centre!

P.S. Take advantage of FREE Parking on selected days at Chester Racecourse (CH1 2LY). You can also get 4 hours FREE Parking when you spend £15 at Tesco on Frodsham Street (CH1 3JS). 

Free Parking Days at Chester Racecourse Christmas 2022

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