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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Safety first as dealers get set to resume indoor trading and fairs prepare to restart

08 June 2020

Dealers, fair organisers and antiques centre managers are preparing to return to business with a mixture of enthusiasm and caution.

ATG letter: Don’t forget indoor fairs are returning

08 June 2020

MADAM – I was interested to see the details of ‘grand reopenings’ on front and p4 of ATG No 2445.

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June 15: not a moment too soon

08 June 2020

Despite the difficult challenges, dealers are delighted to open their doors once again

ATG letter: No room at the inn yet for our events

08 June 2020

MADAM – If any of your readers who run events have any news I would be grateful for any updates.

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David Hockney print stars among early sales at first online IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair

02 June 2020

Results from an online prints fair prove that sales continue at online events.

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The grand reopening pushed back to June 15 for auction houses and antiques shops in England

01 June 2020

Date for English trade premises to accept visitors again is now set and Covid-19 safety measures planned

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Runway Monday could restart IACF’s fair schedule

29 May 2020

IACF, organiser of the UK’s largest outdoor antiques fairs and markets, is making tentative steps back into the live events arena.

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LAPADA Fair postponed over continuing coronavirus concerns

29 May 2020

LAPADA has postponed its annual September fair in the wake of continued uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic.

PBFA online fair to go monthly

25 May 2020

The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA) is planning an unlimited succession of virtual fairs starting on the 29th of each month as it adapts to a world without traditional fairs.

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Portobello Road to become traffic-free to enable social distancing for shoppers

20 May 2020

Portobello Road will close to traffic during weekday trading hours to allow more room for shoppers and visitors.

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Coronavirus: La Biennale Paris called off until 2021 but dealers face “no financial risks”

12 May 2020

Organisers of La Biennale Paris have postponed the 32nd edition of the event until next year.

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Petworth fair unveils first virtual event but plans for physical staging later on

11 May 2020

Blackbrook Gallery, a specialist in 19th century naïve animal painting, offers Cheviot Ram at the first Virtual Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair opening this week.

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Dealers report sales at PBFA's inaugural online fair

11 May 2020

A 1902 calendar from Hasegawa, Tokyo, filled with colourful illustrations and verse was among the sales at the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association’s (PBFA) first virtual fair.

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Art and antiques businesses may be able to reopen premises later this month under guidance to be issued by government on Sunday

07 May 2020

A number of businesses should be able to reopen this month when relaxations to the current UK lockdown are announced by prime minister Boris Johnson on Sunday, May 10.

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London rare book fair 'Firsts' cancelled and digital event to be launched

05 May 2020

'Firsts, London’s Rare Book Fair 2020', has been cancelled for the summer and will instead be replaced with a digital version.

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Print fair joins the online revolution to display works during lockdown

04 May 2020

The 'London Original Print Fair' (LOPF) is one of the many dealer events moving online as the coronavirus lockdown continues.

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Rare book fair in Paris postponed until September

27 April 2020

The ‘Salon International du Livre Rare’ (International Rare Book Fair) which was due to be held this month at the Grand Palais in Paris, has been postponed until September 4-6.

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Coronavirus: PBFA launches inaugural virtual book fair

23 April 2020

Browsing at a fair can mean the serendipitous discovery of a treasure for the collection. To help recapture a bit of this magic online, The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PFBA) launches its first virtual book fair next week.

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Coronavirus: latest changes to auctions and fairs dates

23 April 2020

With the coronavirus outbreak impacting the art and antiques trade, many fairs and auctions have been cancelled or postponed in both the UK and overseas. Here is a list of events that ATG is aware have been affected so far and this story will be updated as we receive further information.

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Open Art Fair: BADA to refund 20% stand cost

13 April 2020

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) Council is giving members who exhibited at the curtailed The Open Art Fair (TOAF) sums equivalent to 20% of their stand rental charges.

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