Films, wrestling and railways at the Alban Arena

THE annual Chiltern Model Railway Exhibition steams its way back to the Alban Arena this weekend with more than 20 new working layouts.

In total there will be 26 working layouts as well as specialist and trade stands, demonstrations, static exhibits and society stands.

Refreshments and a licensed bar will be available on both Saturday and Sunday and a free vintage bus service will operate between St Albans City and Abbey Stations and the Arena.

The show opens at 10am on both days and closes at 6pm on Saturday and at 5pm on Sunday. Admission is �7 for adults which includes a colour programme and two children aged five to 16 are admitted free with an adult. Additional or unaccompanied children are �3.

The following Saturday, January 21, finds the Arena given over to the thrills and spills of All Star American Super Slam Wrestling.

It features two hours of non-stop action from British and American wrestling stars and gets underway at 7.30pm.

Tickets and further information can be obtained from the Arena box office on 01727 844488 or online at

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n Two films are being shown at the Arena next week – one a romance and the other a thriller.

Restless, which is being screened at 7.30pm next Tuesday, January 17, tells the story of a terminally-ill teenage girl who falls for a boy who likes to attend funerals and their encounters with the ghost of a World War Two Japanese kamikaze pilot.

At both 1.30pm and 7.30pm next Wednesday, January 18, the Arena is showing Contagion which focuses on the threat posed by a deadly disease and how an international team of doctors is contracted to deal with the outbreak.

Tickets for the matinee are �4 and for the evening showings �6 with concessions �4.