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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Latest edition of Tribal Art London focuses on female representations in this field

19 August 2019

An example of a 'ngaady a mwaash' mask made by the Bushoong Kuba peoples is among the large offering of female-themed items at the next staging of 'Tribal Art London' (TAL).

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Irish dealers urge no border checks

19 August 2019

At a collectables fair in Dublin, talk was of post-Brexit free movement of antiques from north to south.

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A new fair sails into Belfast at Titanic Hotel

19 August 2019

As Belfast capitalises on its Titanic history and locally filmed TV series Game of Thrones, two enterprising dealers are seizing the moment to launch a new fair.

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Duo launch new Cornish antiques fair at country house venue

19 August 2019

Former farmer Ralph Retallack is now an antiques dealer in Falmouth with his partner Nicola Fuller. They are launching an antiques and decorative fair near St Ives this September and are looking to attract more quality exhibitors including architectural salvage dealers.

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Court is now in session as Magistrates Market Antiques Centre opens for business

19 August 2019

In January this year we ran a Fairs & Markets story (ATG No 2374) about the Georgian former courthouse in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, which had reopened its doors as an antiques and cultural centre using the first floor only.

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Congleton antiques centre stays open despite deluge

19 August 2019

The floods which swept north-west England at the end of July involved major downpours hitting Congleton in Cheshire. This included Victoria Mill Antiques and Collectors’ Centre on the edge of town, which stayed open despite flood damage, as this Twitter picture below shows.

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Rugby club substitute for the palace

19 August 2019

A dealer who was so disappointed that the second of the biannual Art Deco fairs held at Eltham Palace in September had been cancelled has launched his own nearby.

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Wilton House Car Boot set for bank holiday weekend

12 August 2019

Coming up on August Bank Holiday Monday (August 26) is an annual event which brings thousands of eager buyers to the grounds of a stately home in Wiltshire.

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Exhibitors prepare for Vintage on the Green event taking place in West Sussex

12 August 2019

The words ‘country’ and ‘brocante’ have an allure of their own as Lucy Haywood discovered when she founded the Country Brocante store in the village of Midhurst, West Sussex.

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Visitors to Westonbirt fair ‘happy to travel and keen to buy’

12 August 2019

A 19th century plaster bust of Napoleon was among sales at the recent Cotswold Decorative Antiques & Art Fair, which takes place in Westonbirt School near Tetbury three times a year.

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Arms fair now in 52nd year

12 August 2019

The 102nd staging of the London Antique Arms Fair is on Saturday, August 24.

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Pioneer of Shropshire antiques centre leaves to take up her pen as an author

12 August 2019

An antiques dealer in the picturesque market town of Bridgnorth in Shropshire is retiring from the trade to concentrate on her writing career.

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Stolen snuff shoe recovered after ATG article

05 August 2019

A snuff shoe stolen from a stand at a fair in June has been recovered following an ATG article alerting the trade.

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In the footsteps of Clarion, MAD begins NEC tenure

05 August 2019

An Art Deco bronze by Demétre Chiparus (1886-1947) sold for more than £20,000 at the latest 'Art and Antiques for Everyone' fair – the first edition under the management of MAD Events.

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Organiser hands over the Bermondsey market reins

05 August 2019

It’s with a rather heavy heart that Mike Collins, director of specialist market operator Sherman & Waterman, has announced that he is giving up running the Friday antiques market at Bermondsey.

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So Last Century launch third fair in Croydon

05 August 2019

Alison Davis and Alan Old of So Last Century Vintage and Retro Fairs are launching a third fair in south London.

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Bottoms up in Hatfield

05 August 2019

Art in Clay Hatfield has been running for 25 years and is regarded as one of the most important ceramic and pottery festivals in Europe.

Former Field Dog duo back with revived fair

05 August 2019

Well-known dealers Ruth and Paul Thurman were the long-term organisers of Field Dog Fairs, running antiques and collectors’ events across the East Midlands, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Northants.

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Antiques-driven rise in retail hailed by trade association chiefs

25 July 2019

Leaders of trade associations BADA and LAPADA have welcomed an announcement that antiques contributed to a recent rise in UK retail.

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LAPADA launches apprentice scheme for “a new generation of dealers”

22 July 2019

LAPADA, The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, has launched a new ‘Apprentice’ membership category for dealers in early years of independent trading.

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