Fairs and Markets

Antiques fairs and markets offer a great way to browse and buy.

With so many exhibitors or stallholders in one place you can view a lot of different items quickly and compare prices and quality.

Depending on the event, the first day or morning may be for reserved for trade buyers before the general public gain access.

Some antiques markets are held weekly whereas some fairs may be quarterly, biannual, once a year or have some other frequency. Check the Calendar section of this website for details or view the listings every week in the Antiques Trade Gazette newspaper.

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New venue helps art fair Fine Arts Paris expand

23 October 2018

'Fine Arts Paris', the new November fair in the French capital launched last year, celebrates its second staging in a new venue with an enlarged exhibitor list.

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Stand rates reduced as Swallow’s Lincolnshire show becomes four one-day events in 2019

22 October 2018

Arthur Swallow Fairs has announced a significant change in the format of its antiques and home fairs held at the Lincolnshire Showground.

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Two become one: Fair organisers react as Arthur Swallow Fairs shift to single-day events

22 October 2018

Schedule change for Lincolnshire Showground marks a shift in strategy but other organisers are more cautious.

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Fairs report full houses amid strong dealer demand

22 October 2018

“The only downside to the fair is that we are having to turn dealers away.”

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Get into the spirit of buying at Winter Olympia 2018

22 October 2018

This year’s winter Olympia runs simultaneously with a festive fair on the level below.

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Antique ceramics dealers join forces to relaunch New York fair

16 October 2018

Dealers have joined forces to relaunch The New York Antique Ceramics Fair with a traditional focus after the annual event was cancelled earlier this year.

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What to See: Five art and antiques events in Wales this week

15 October 2018

Buyers in Wales this week have a wealth of art and antiques to choose from including a 19th century traditional Welsh hat.

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Kensington fair cancelled at eleventh hour

15 October 2018

The Kensington Antiques Fair was cancelled at the eleventh hour just before it was due to open at Kensington Town Hall.

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Why plastic can also be fantastic when it comes to toys

15 October 2018

Plastic has gained a bad name when it comes to the environment – clogging up oceans for a start.

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Buyers sniff out perfume bottles

15 October 2018

Vivienne Knight and Vanessa Turner are two specialist dealers in perfume bottles who will be setting out their vibrant stalls at the two-day International Perfume Bottle Association’s UK convention.

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Wexford fair in tune with opera festival event

15 October 2018

Since the first Festival of Music and the Arts took place in 1951, the annual Wexford Festival Opera in the south-east Irish town has specialised in neglected works and has become one of the world’s leading opera festivals.

Buxton fair having a ball once again

15 October 2018

The long-awaited relaunch of Halcyon Fairs’ antiques fair at the restored Victorian Octagon ballroom in Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens has finally arrived.

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Antique arms fairs combine at Olympia

15 October 2018

The next Antique Arms Fair at Olympia in west London will incorporate another key London collecting event, the long-running Park Lane Arms Fair.

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Kensington Antiques Fair cancelled days before opening

11 October 2018

The Kensington Antiques Fair has been cancelled just days before it was due to open at Kensington Town Hall.

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What to see: Five places to view and buy antique jewellery this autumn

08 October 2018

Anyone who counts diamonds among their best friends has plenty to keep them busy this month.

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London mid-century fair takes film focus

08 October 2018

Midcentury East is back in London’s East End with its biannual selling show at the Brutalist-Modernist Haggerston School on Sunday, October 14.

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Collecting field to relight the fire

08 October 2018

Despite the fact that smoking cigarettes has been ostracised, the rise in interest for vintage smoking paraphernalia has increased.

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Dealers at the Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair offer advice on discovering your top table

08 October 2018

Fairs can be an ideal place to hunt out that perfect piece of furniture thanks to the high volume and wide variety these events provide. At 'The Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair' there is a particularly strong selection of tables (and much else) this year.

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Two fairs in Munich lead a spotlight on the art and antiques scene in Germany

08 October 2018

Autumn in the Bavarian capital Munich is traditionally fair time. Shortly after the Oktoberfest closes, exhibitors at two art and antique fairs are hoping for masses of equally enthusiastic visitors.

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Moon jars inspire artist Michel François

08 October 2018

Born in Paris, now based in Falmouth, Michel François trained as a sculptor but switched to ceramics, becoming artist in residence at the Bernard Leach Studio.

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