INTERNATIONAL Antiques and Collectors’ Fairs (IACF) are to pilot a one-day Monday fair at Newbury Racecourse with two dates confirmed for this year of June 28 and August 2.
IACF stallholders had expressed a preference for a one-day fair
at a central sizeable venue and Newbury Racecourse's central
southern England location means that exhibitors can realistically
travel there and back in a day.
Newbury Racecourse is ten minutes from the M4, and close to the
M3 and A34. The racecourse has its own station with direct access
to London Paddington (40 minutes) and the West Country.
In response to stallholders' opinions, this is the second
one-day fair announced by IACF, who confirmed last month that they
are scrapping their two-day event held at Swinderby Airfield in
favour of a Monday only fair to be held at the site.
At Newbury there will be 90 indoor pitches and 250 outside
pitches available. Indoor stands will cost £60 and pre-booked
outside pitches £40, with casual outside pitches available on the
day for £60. This compares to £150 for a two-day inside stand at
Newark and £120 for a two-day outside pitch. Opening times for
buyers are 8am for the trade (£10) and 10am for the public (£5).
There is car parking for 3000 vehicles.
Robert Thomas, IACF director, is confident that the venue will
be a success.
"There is a real niche for a fair in this part of the country,
particularly over the summer months, so it was an obvious choice
for us to start a new event," he said.
Speaking of IACF's fair at Shepton Mallet in March, Mr Thomas
added: "We had a fantastic response from dealers at this fair and
are looking forward to adding more dates to our calendar next
IACF are not the first organisers to run antiques fairs at
Newbury Racecourse. Back in 2001/2 Matthew Adams of Adams Antiques
Fairs held eight fairs at the course, before selling it to Sue Ede
and Robert Pugh (Towy Fairs), who themselves ran it for a year.
Although Berkshire offers a number of small fairs and markets,
the only upmarket fair in the county was the East Berkshire
Antiques & Fine Art Fair held in Maidenhead at the Berkshire
College of Agriculture.
This was revived from an existing fair by Cooper Events, owned
by Sue Ede. It ran three times in the spring and summer of 2008/9
although the fair was dropped from Cooper's portfolio at the end of
Now a local Maidenhead antiques dealer, Martin Lister, is taking
on the fair. A regular exhibitor at the venue and many others
including the NEC, Mr Lister's first fair at the college is
scheduled for May 1-3.
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