Southampton Mineral & Fossil Society


2018 Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show

Saturday 1st September

Lyndhurst Community Centre.

The Lyndhurst Community Centre location for the Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show.

Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show Details

The 2018 Show will be held on Saturday 1st September and is always held on the first Saturday of September so for subsequent years the dates will be:
  • Saturday 7th September 2019
  • Saturday 5th September 2020 (30th Anniversary Show)
  • Saturday 4th September 2021
Why not put them into your calendar app now so you will never miss one. Doors open to the public at 10:00 and the Show finishes at 16:30. Admission is only £1 for adults with accompanied children and Junior RockWatch members free (show membership card).

The Show is in two halls, all on one level, and is suitable for visitors with mobility disabilities. Facilities for the disabled are present in the venue. Refreshments are available throughout the day at reasonable prices. Further details on the Show can be obtained from SMFS using this link.

The layout of the Show has the majority of the sales and dealers in the main Linden Hall and all of the exhibits and displays in the Pine Hall. This allows the exhibitors to be able to spread out gives better access for visitors to view the displayed material and to talk with the exhibitors.

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The main hall at the Show.

The main hall at the Show hosts most of the dealers with the displays in the second hall.

The 2018 Show poster.

The Show poster for 2018 is available for download as an A4 size PDF copy from here.

The Mineral & Fossil Show features for 2017

The Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show is held on the first Saturday of September every year in the ideally-suited Lyndhurst Community Centre with over fifty tables for the enjoyment of our visitors combining mineral, fossil and geology-related displays with numerous dealers in fine mineral and fossil specimens, crystals and jewellery.

  • The Etches Collection For 2017 we were delighted to have a display from The Etches Collection Museum of Jurassic Marine Life. The Etches Collection is a new and unique experience, based on the collection of Steve Etches, local Kimmeridge fossil collector and expert, who over the past 30 years has discovered, collected, prepared and researched over 2000 incredible late Jurassic Kimmeridgian specimens. These are now on display in the new, custom-built Museum of Jurassic Marine Life at Kimmeridge which takes you back to a time before humans existed - a time when parts of Dorset were under the sea. This gave a unique opportunity to see some of the specimens from Steve's collection and to learn about life in the Jurassic period in what is now part of Dorset’s world-famous Jurassic Coast. To find out more about The Etches Collection Museum of Jurassic Marine Life

  • Also in 2017 we had displays by national and local groups and individuals showing their work in enhancing our knowledge of the geological history of the South Coast and beyond:

  • Dinosaur IsleWe welcomed back the Dinosaur Isle museum from the Isle of Wight with their superb display of the fossils from the island including exhibits for children to pick up and feel. This was a great opportunity to see some IOW dinosaur remains. To find out more about Dinosaur Isle visit

  • Hampshire Cultural Trust Hampshire Cultural trust displayed material from their extensive collections of geological specimens from Hampshire. To find out more about the natural history specimens in the collections visit

  • DGAG logoWelcome as always were The Dorset Group of the Geologists' Association who staged a display on their latest work on the geology of Dorset which is now world-recognised for its geological importance. To find out more about DGAG and their work visit They will be joining us again for this year's Show.

  • Various members of SMFS staged individual displays of their collections and special interests in different aspects of the hobby, demonstrating the broad range of interests and knowledge within the Society.

  • The 2018 Show will, as always, provide an opportunity for you to bring along your unknown mineral and fossil specimens for identification by the experts who will be present on the day.

  • Our new, humorous show poster for 2018 can now be downloaded from here as an A4 sized copy in PDF format. This is a deviation from our usual format and uses the winning print from our Annual Photographic Competition, see our News Page for details. Our previous posters are now collectors items due to the unique poster artwork by Phil James. You can download our previous show posters, from 2009 to 2017, as an A4 sized copy in PDF format, using the links below.

  • Posters for 2009 to 2017 download: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.

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View Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show in a larger map

Get full travel directions to the Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show from Google Maps©.

Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show Location

In the centre of the Lyndhurst, Hampshire, in the New Forest, Lyndhurst Community Centre has good facilities and ample parking. It is easily accessible from Junctions 1, 2 or 3 of the M27 and is on the the A35; follow the signs for the New Forest Visitor Centre that is in the same car park. The lovely town of Lyndhurst is the administrative centre of the New Forest and has many other attractions to make it a great day out for the whole family. For more information on Lyndhurst and the New Forest follow this link, Lyndhurst.

Full directions to Lyndhurst and LCC from Google Maps© are available from this link: directions & map or click on the map left. For those of you with satellite navigation systems the street and postcode for LCC is High Street, SO43 7NY.

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Display by the NHM (London) at the Show.

All displays are all together in one well lit exhibition room.

Regular Show Features

For 2018 we will have over fifty tables for the sales of minerals, fossils, gems, crystals, second hand, out of print and antiquarian books and maps. There will be minerals and fossils from worldwide and British locations at prices to suit all pockets. An ideal way for a beginner to start a collection. There are also cut and polished ornamental pieces and jewellery for sale.

There are thirteen tables of displays of minerals, fossils and geology by national institutions and groups, local Societies and individual collectors. All of the people on these stands have considerable knowledge and will be pleased to see your specimens and unknowns - who knows you may have something that is rare.

Throughout the day there will be food, tea, coffee and other refreshments on sale in the Oak Room at reasonable prices.

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The Linden Room.

The Linden Hall main display area.


A good selection of minerals on sale at the Show.


A wide variety of fossils on sale at the Show.

Antiquarian books.

Second hand, out of print and antiquarian books for sale.

Old geological map.

Old geological maps and antiquarian maps for sale.

The List of Exhibitors and Show Layout for 2017

Show plan.

Show layout and table numbers for dealers and exhibitors.

You can download the Show Handout for 2017 with exhibitor list, table layout and full Show details as a PDF file from here.

Exhibitors List for the 2017 Show

Table Exhibitor Subject Contact Details
1-3 Down To Earth Geological Supplies High quality affordable fossils, minerals, geological books and maps., 01452-714945
4 The Rock Gallery Minerals, rocks and fossils. The Rock Gallery, 07512-156579
5-6 Broadstone Minerals Quality world minerals, gemstones and gifts. Broadstone Minerals, 01202-696523
7-8 SMB Minerals A good range of unusual specimens.
9-10 UK Fossils Online fossil shop. UK Fossils, 01454-859924
11-12 John Cooper's Books Second hand earth sciences and natural history books. 020-8777-0249
13-14 Richard Tayler Minerals Rare species of minerals and rocks plus display minerals. Richard Tayler Minerals, 01932-862340
15 TransAtlantic Minerals UK and international minerals. 07881-821626
16-17 Rob Rider Minerals and fossils.  
18 Napier Jewellery Semi-precious gemstone jewellery. 01202-482901
19-20 Ralph Sutcliffe Minerals Specialising in British mineral specimens. Ralph Sutcliffe Minerals
21-22 Taranis Minerals Supplying quality aesthetic mineral specimens. Taranis Minerals
23 Aeroliths Meteorites from around the world. 01202-887084
24-25 MMM Minerals, fossils and mining memorabilia. MMM, 07903-290276
26-27 James Fossils & Minerals Fossils, minerals, geological specimens, books & prints.  
28 Chris Drury Mineral and fossil specimens.  
29-30 Dr. Quartz Stone gifts, minerals, fossils, crystals. 01380 871006
31-32 Stonechat Minerals, fossils, crystals gemstone gifts and jewellery. Stonechat, 01954-252063
33-34 Earth's Wonders Minerals from around the world. 07786-634674
35-36 Dr. Dinosaur Fossils, minerals & dinosaurs.  
37-38 Mike's Minerals & Fossils Retailer of world-wide minerals and fossils. Mike's Minerals & Fossils, 01297-444967
39 Simon Rox Minerals and fossils, meteorites & jewellery.  
40-41 Palaeo Jo's Minerals, fossils & handcrafted jewellery. Palaeo Jo's, 01234-721314
42-43 SMFS Members Displays Our members display their interests. Why not consider joining SMFS and extend your interests. About SMFS
44-45 Dorset Geologists' Association Display promoting Dorset geology. DGAG
46-48 The Etches Collection. Display from the newly-opened Etches Collection, Museum of Jurassic Marine Life. The Etches Collection
49-50 Dinosaur Isle. Display by Dinosaur Isle museum from the Isle of Wight. Dinosaur Isle
51-52 Hants Cultural Trust Display of local Hampshire geological specimens. Hampshire Cultural Trust
53-54 J. W. Thomas Sales of surplus specimens.  
55 Ben Dye. Disposing of collection duplicates at very reasonable prices.  
56 Adrian Smith Eocene fossil display and identification.  

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Dealers hall at the Show.

Would you like to be part of the Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show?

Participate in the Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show

There is a demand for tables at the Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show but we do occasionally have vacancies due to a participant not being able to attend. If you would like to be put on the waiting list for a table we would be happy to hear from you. The cost is very reasonable for a single or double 6 ft long table space.

All dealers are in one well lit large hall that is laid out with sufficient space to allow our visitors to browse in comfort. Power is also available for lighting. If you would like to join us let us know using this link.

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