The Easter weekend is one of the busiest in the fairs and markets calendar and here’s a quick look at just 10 of the numerous events taking place:
1) In Berkshire and the long-running
antiques market run by Joy O'Meara as Jay Fairs at the Corn
Exchange in Hungerford, on Saturday, March 30.
Tel: 012355 8125633. www.jayfairs.co.uk
2) Home to Scotland's oldest university, the
small town of St Andrews is on the east coast of
Fife and during term time students make up one third of the town's
16,000 population. Mike Frodsham and Rob Walker will be running
their regular antiques and collectors' fair at St Andrews Town Hall
on Saturday, March 30. Tel: 01334 838217. www.standrewsantiquefair.co.uk
3) Brian Ashbee has his popular antiques and
collectables fair at St Margaret's Hall in Bradford-on-Avon, near
Bath in Wiltshire, on Saturday, March 30. In the
17th century this was a town made wealthy by the local textile
industry and there are still some original weavers' houses
remaining. Tel: 0117 9605946. www.boaflea.co.uk
4) Penshurst is one of
Kent's many pretty villages, made the more so by
the 14th century Penshurst Place, where Elizabeth l frolicked. Many
buyers combine a visit to the small three-day Penshurst antiques
fair with a stroll through the Penshurst Estate and gardens. The
fair, held in the village hall next to the church, for which the
event is a fundraiser, usually has some good pieces for sale -
textiles, luggage, treen. It has been run for 40 years over the
Easter and August bank holidays and now by specialist glass dealer
Stephen Hazell-Smith. Saturday, March 30, to Monday, April 1. Tel:
5) The Heritage family, who run their
Antiques2go portfolio of seven fairs and markets across the
Midlands, hold their flagship biannual two-day antiques and
collectors' fair at the Grade I-Listed Lamport Hall, near
Northampton, on Sunday, March 31, and Easter
Monday, April 1. www.antiques2go.co.uk
6) Charlotte and Frankie Milford of Field Dog
Fairs will be in Newark, Nottinghamshire, at
the Magnus Sports Hall with their antiques and collectors fair on
Sunday, March 31. Tel: 07772 349431.
7) In Lincolnshire, Arthur Swallow's Richard
Burgoin and his team will be working flat out to get their big
antiques and home show ready as it spreads out across the vast
plains of the Lincolnshire Showground on on
Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2. Visit www.asfairs.com for more information. As
usual the fair will be followed by another giant, IACF's Newark
International Antiques and Collectors Fair at the nearby
Newark and Nottingham Showground on April 5-6.
Visit www.iacf.co.uk for more information.
8) In Suffolk, Charmaine's Country
Collection, aka Charmaine Farmer, has her regular antiques and
collectables fair in the village of Risby, near Bury St
Edmunds on Sunday, March 31. Tel: 01787 280267.
9) Fresh from their success at the
Custard Factory in Birmingham - B2B's Helen
Martin and Alan Yourston will be happily directing crowd control at
their busy, 300-plus stall flea and collectors' fair at the Three
Counties Showground in Malvern on Monday, April 1.
Tel: 01334 838217.
10) Sue Ede's giant flea and collectors'
market at the Bath and West Showground, Shepton
Mallet in Somerset is one of the most visited markets in
the country with hundreds of stands inside and out. Lots of French
stuff and plenty of quirkiness. The next event is on Sunday, March