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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Northern exposure: Antiques centre branches out from the south to the Lake District

22 March 2021

Vincent Page, owner of Antiques on High in Oxford and Sidmouth, has turned his sights northwards.

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Hemswell Antique Centres boss shares “crazy" experience of lockdown

22 March 2021

“Due to our digital presence with our website, social media and the live virtual shopping tours I have been conducting all over the world my skeleton team of 10 staff have been kept extremely busy.”

Leslie Wright

Promotions and appointments – news across the art and antiques sector around the world

17 March 2021

A new fair director in London, a promotion at Bonhams US and a new auction location in South Africa - here is a round-up of the latest moves.

The Open Art Fair

The Open Art Fair loses court appeal over early closure

15 March 2021

BADA Ltd, the organiser of The Open Art Fair, has lost an appeal against a small claims court ruling that said two dealers need pay only part of their stand fee as the event was cut short.

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New event planned as Paris Biennale ‘turns the page’

15 March 2021

A new art and antiques fair is being planned for the end of November to replace the Paris Biennale (Biennale des Antiquaires).

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Clerkenwell vintage fair is latest to keep virtual events going once live ones return

15 March 2021

Spring is here (ignore the weather) and fairs and markets are suitably blooming again with the prospect of getting back to business.

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Sunday means salvage at Drew Pritchard’s regular virtual events

15 March 2021

Angela Whittle is one of the 30-plus group who take part in salvage supremo Drew Pritchard’s regular virtual Salvage Sundays.

Bermondsey: a look on the bright side of life

15 March 2021

Silver dealer David Addlestone is a longstanding trader at the Bermondsey Antique Market in south London which is reopening on Friday, April 16.

Sunbury Antiques fair at Kempton Park Racecourse.

Fairs make welcome return to calendar

08 March 2021

Fair organisers are now planning for the spring and summer as the roadmap to ease coronavirus restrictions in England allows outdoor events to be held from April.

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On your marks, get set to go for fairs reopening

08 March 2021

Roadmap means reopening time is getting closer at last but some hurdles remain.

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Antiques centres look ahead to reopening

08 March 2021

Adrian Gilmour, co-owner of the Hungerford Arcade, is thrilled at news that non-essential retail can reopen in April.

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Cooper Events springs back into action

08 March 2021

West Country-based fair organiser Cooper Events is targeting a late spring return following the government announcement that hospitality venues would be permitted to reopen indoors as part of ‘stage three’ of its timetable for easing Covid-19 restrictions in England.

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Trade tastes a virtual slice of the Big Apple

08 March 2021

Without the usual January influx of collectors, curators and dealers to the Big Apple, two significant art-buying dealer events decided to go virtual. For some exhibitors, the results were better than expected.

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Obituary: fair organiser Patricia Harvey (1928-2021)

08 March 2021

It is with great sadness we announce the death of Patricia Harvey.

Prime minister Boris Johnson

Art and antiques sector cheered by easing of lockdown

01 March 2021

Plans for shop reopenings, new fair dates and rescheduled auctions are under way as the art and antiques sector welcomed the news of the government ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown in England.

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Fair organisers and dealers wait for green light

22 February 2021

It’s fingers crossed again as new provisional fair and market dates are chalked in

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Contemporary fair heavyweights count on digital for now

22 February 2021

As the pandemic continues to upend the art market calendar, two heavyweights of the Contemporary art and design fair scene are going digital.

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Frieze launches ‘pop-up gallery’ space

22 February 2021

Frieze is opening No 9 Cork Street, an initiative housed in two converted townhouses that will accommodate visiting galleries throughout the year with a focus on Modern and Contemporary art.

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Barbara Jones sketchbook offered at Firsts online winter edition

15 February 2021

A sketchbook by English artist and muralist Barbara Jones (1912-78) is among the items for sale at 'Firsts Online: Winter Edition'.

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Decorative fair teams up with Bonhams for 350-lot auction

08 February 2021

These 19th century carved stone lions form part of a 350-lot auction put together in a joint collaboration between Bonhams and The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair (DATF).

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