The Autumn Weekend

What people have said:

'It's good to know the expertise is there in the room if you need it'

‘Each time I learn something new . . . Missenden offers me a fantastic opportunity to work on my modelling skills with tutors on hand to point out how I could have avoided the mess I’d got myself into and what I need to do next.’

'Thank you for once again organizing an extremely enjoyable weekend at Missenden Abbey. Both Daniel and I got a lot out of it. Tim was a very good tutor and extremely patient with Daniel . . . I know I will be coming back for more and Daniel is trying to persuade his mother that summer school would be a good idea and a way of her getting a break from us both.'

'Having an expert on hand to help with that particular problem or uncertainty is a huge advantage.'

'Great fun, great company and a relaxing environment, what more could you need?'

Friday 16th - Sunday 18th October 2020

These details are for the 2019 Autumn Weekend. The programme for the 2020 Weekend have not yet been finalised but will be similar to that below.

Focusing on the hands-on side of modelling, our Autumn Weekend consistently delivers leading-edge thinking. There are several course options available to help you gain a better understanding of some of the key aspects of the hobby.

Electronics, be it DCC or controlling your layout, has become as integral an aspect of our hobby as kit-building or scenic modelling – especially at the finescale end of the spectrum. There’s nothing in the least bit mysterious about electronics. Our experienced and knowledgeable tutors will help, guide, instruct and advise you whether you are a novice or more experienced. Modellers in all scales are discovering just how much electronics, computers and digital technology can enhance the creative potential of their hobby.

Our new CAD tutor, Justin Newitt will be taking a course on 2D CAD.  With more people wanting to make their own kits, the course will take you through the processes needed to produce drawings for laser cutting and etching.  You will need a laptop for this.

OutbuildingsNew to the Autumn Weekend, Norman Solomon, previously at the Spring Weekend for many years, will guide you through track construction.

With up to 70 modellers at the Weekend, there is a wealth of experience for you to draw on. Our Weekends are noted for their friendliness, the willingness of modellers to share knowledge and experience and for having a good time. You should go home having learned something new and knowing what you are going to do next.

In the meantime we’ll once again be featuring our long-running weekend workshops with some of the best-known names in the hobby:


  • Then there is the Little Missenden Project for you to work on as well.

    BOOKING opens Tuesday 21st May 2019 and is via the 'Booking' page. 4 to5 weeks before the Weekend, you will be sent further details including an invitation to opt for the particular course (if not done on booking) you wish to follow during the weekend.You will have plenty of opportunity to see what goes on in the other courses, to talk to the tutors and to get advice on any problems you might have in your modelling.

    The weekend is residential but if you live locally, you can come in daily at a reduced fee.

    If you have any queries about the courses, please use the 'Get in Touch' page.

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    Autumn Specials

    Each Autumn, an experienced modeller is invited to contribute their particular skills and techniques.

    2011: Martin Lloyd - building signals and using servos .

    2012: Kevin Wilson replaced Bob Alderman as the permanent tutor. for the 7mm and larger scale

    2013 & 2014: Bob Gledhill on laser cutting 3D printing.

    2016 & 2017: Ian Mortonon Layout Wiring.

    2017 & 2018: Karl Crowther on making buildings semaphore signal construction.

    2019: Norman Solomon on track construction.


    Whether you want to use a short test track or a whole layout, electricity is an integral part (unless you still use clockwork).  The use of electronics allows you to do much more with your models and layout.

    The electronics courses now look particularly at how it can be used to control your layout but will still cover everything from simple wiring and electronics for novices, through DCC to programming, all under the guidance of knowledgeable and capable tutors.

    By incorporating the electronics into the Autumn Weekend, you can drop in to find out what is involved, watch and ask questions.  Then, next year, you can come and learn for yourself.