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The building at the Kent showground was opened early last month by the Duke of Kent just in time for the large agricultural show. A permanent structure made from smoked glass panelling, with a state-of-the-art heating and cooling system, dmg Antiques Fairs were the first to hold an event inside.

“The building creates enormous opportunities for the Detling fair to grow and prosper,” said dmg’s senior fairs manager, Alan Yourston. “Our Cornwallis stallholders have all moved in, but the building has the space to house twice as many, with each of the two sections able to hold around 140 table top dealers and 16 good-sized furniture pitches.”

The July Detling saw the fair revamped, with the outside pitches modified to create a more centralised layout. The outside stallholders now surround the John Hendry Pavilion and the new Kent Pavilion, making the whole fair much easier to navigate.

Many dealers may have been happy to move inside at the July fair, but plenty were more than happy to trade outside since there were more than twice as many outside pitches than at the previous staging. The next Detling fair is on September 11 and 12.