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Until last year it was owned by Godalming furniture dealer Roger Heath-Bullock, who operated as Cultural Exhibitions, and this is the second Buxton to be organised by the new owners, Devon-based Trident Exhibitions. Mr Heath-Bullock, though, still has a hand in the running of the fair and naturally takes a stand.

He is one of nearly 60 dealers exhibiting at the Pavilion Gardens in the Derbyshire spa town from May 14 to 18, including such familiar names from the quality fairs circuit as Cynthia Walmsley, Haynes Fine Art, Nicholas Shaw, Shapiro and the Willow Gallery, the last two being among 19 newcomers to the event.

But probably the best known dealer at the fair will be Kensington English pottery expert Jonathan Horne. In addition to manning his customary stand Mr Horne, in his capacity as chairman of BADA, will officially open the fair, and he has also provided the loan exhibition of 16th and 17th century English needlework.

Very much an antiques fair of the old school, and none the worse for that, Buxton is one of the very few events to maintain a general dateline of 100 years (with the exception of fine art).

Admission is £5.