The popular ‘Antiques & Home Show’, held six times a year at the Lincolnshire Showground, is to change from a three- to a two-day event.
Beginning in the New Year (on January
28-29), the fair will be held on a Monday and Tuesday with a
day's hiatus before the start of the nearby Newark
International Antiques and Collectors' Fair which runs on
Thursday and Friday at the Newark and Nottingham Showground.
Swallow Fairs, organisers of the
Lincolnshire Antiques & Home Show, say they have cut
the fair to two days to maintain its integrity. While Lincoln's
Monday trade day and Tuesday public day continue to be supported by
stallholders and buyers alike, organiser Richard Burgoin told ATG
that attendance on the Wednesday, when so many of the stallholders
had left the showground, was poor.
He added that, as Swallow rent the
site for a two-week period for each fair, costs had not changed and
there could be no reduction in stand rates.
The change of days for 2013 certainly
provided a subject for debate at last week's fair held from October
1-3, when sympathy for the organiser's position was juxtaposed with
the concern traditionally expressed towards any change that
jeopardises the back-to-back scheduling of the Lincoln and the
Holding the fairs in close proximity
appeals to those dealers with the stock to sustain a full five days
of trading - three at Lincoln and then two at Newark - and is key
to attracting overseas customers on a buying trip to the East
Dealers from 21 different countries
passed through the Buyer's Lounge at the October Lincoln
During the Wednesday break that will now
separate the two giant fairs, buyers and sellers staying in the
region will be encouraged to visit the many nearby antiques shops
and centres. The Hemswell Antiques Centre are planning a number of
initiatives tailored to overseas custom - including making their
website accessible to Far Eastern and Latin American customers.
However, in August at least, the two
fairs will be more than a week apart.
Richard Burgoin said, because of
another event at the showground, it had not been possible to hold
the two fairs back-to-back in August when Swallow's Lincoln will be
held from August 12-13 and IACF's Newark on August
The final Lincolnshire Antiques
& Home Show of the year will remain a three-day
Monday to Wednesday event, which is scheduled to run from December