Former Hornby Visitor Centre to reopen as The WonderWorks – with a special job role on offer

CEO of Hornby Hobbies, Olly Raeburn at The WonderWorks

The former Hornby Visitor Centre in Margate will reopen as The WonderWorks this month.

The WonderWorks is an immersive experience, showcasing world-famous hobby, toy, collectable and specialist brands from Hornby Hobbies.

The reimagined tourist attraction is opening its doors to the public on October 30, with new miniature worlds including Micro Scalextric Gotham City and current showstopper exhibition pieces including the Ferret armoured car and a motorcycle used in the latest James Bond film available to see up close.

Based in part of the old Hornby factory that has been home to the famous brands for almost 70 years, the former visitor centre has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world and has been featured on TV series ‘Hornby: A Model World’.

Everything about the experience has changed except for the price. Tickets for The WonderWorks experience will remain at £5 per adult, with concessions available for families, children, and groups. Visitors are also welcome to visit the shop or to enjoy homemade treats in the café without entering the paid exhibition.

Coming to work every day surrounded by toys, collectables and rare items while working for a company with over 100 years’ history  is a dream job for a craft maker, a dream builder – a Master of Miniature.

The WonderWorks in Margate is looking for a Master of Miniature; a craftsperson and entertainer whose dream is to be immersed in the world of modelling and to spend each day surrounded by famous brands such as Airfix, Corgi, Hornby, Pocher and Scalextric.

Would you like to become a Master of Miniature and show off your modelling skills, engage with and educate visitors to the exhibition, and share your excitement for the world of miniature?

If you think you have what it takes, head to the Hornby Hobbies website.


    • People who are into scale modelling know Hornby/Airfix/Humbrol isn’t going anywhere. Of which, they’re the only folk who ever really visit the museum, going off a pal that used to work in their gift shop.

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