International Antiques and Collectors Fairs (IACF) have announced three additional dates for 2013 at their Swinderby, Ardingly and Shepton Mallet events.
These are: Swinderby on April 29;
Ardingly on June 18 and 19; and the particularly popular three-day
Shepton Mallet fair on July 5-7.
Robert Thomas, IACF director, told
ATG: "Our stallholders have long been asking for further dates at
Swinderby and Ardingly.
"The Shepton July fair is one which we
have been trying to get for a couple of years - so to be able to
reinstate this summer date marks a welcome return to six outings a
year for the premier West Country event."
The Shepton Mallet event is held at
the Bath & West Showground, also the venue for Sue Ede's
popular giant flea and collectors' market, held on Sundays, with
eight events this year, so it all adds to the mix of West Country
The extra date at Swinderby Airfield
- launched in 2010 followed the scrapping of the two-day
event held on the site - is a vindication not only of this event
but of the success of IACF's "Monday-only" fair concept, also seen
at Newbury Racecourse and the Hertfordshire Showground at Redbourn,
and is a particular hit with trade buyers.
The Ardingly fair has now been going
for 40 years and was taken over by
DMG in 1996, which was also the date that DMG started to run the
Shepton Mallet fair. DMG sold their four big UK fairs to IACF in