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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Early English sea atlas among real sales at ‘virtual’ book fair

21 September 2020

An English translation of a Dutch 16th century sea atlas was among the standout sales at the recent online edition of Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair.

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A taste of the new French season

21 September 2020

Launched in 1956, La Biennale des Antiquaires, now an annual event known as La Biennale Paris, is one of the world’s longest-established and best-known art and antiques fairs.

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Organiser delighted to be back in Bath

21 September 2020

Suspended for months, the Bath Vintage & Antiques Market at the Green Park Station in the city returns on Sunday September 27, which has delighted organiser Naomi Knight.

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Buyers and sellers have a masked ball at the Petworth antiques fair

21 September 2020

The first major vetted UK event after lockdown is dubbed ‘the happy fair’ by dealers

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Peterborough returns with over 2000 dealers

21 September 2020

One of the most popular fairs on the circuit, IACF’s Peterborough Festival of Antiques is back.

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News in Brief – including three Paris fairs being called off or altered

21 September 2020

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including the postponement of two Paris fairs and another changing its date and venue.

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Frieze Week goes virtual as 200 exhibitors prepare to participate at online event

21 September 2020

Usually the centrepiece of the London art market in October, Frieze has had to rethink the format of its two mammoth fairs.

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It’s got your name written all over it: Dealers sell trunk with fitting label

21 September 2020

Nicki and Ralph Retallack who run their second antiques and decorative fair at Enys House, near Falmouth this weekend, have been in touch with a story about coincidences.

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Satellite events and exhibitions for the autumn season in London

21 September 2020

A selection of gallery events taking place this autumn in London that focus on Post-War and Contemporary art.

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Top stories this week – including news from the first higher-end vetted fair to take place since the lockdown ended

20 September 2020

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of exhibitors reporting an “exciting” opening day at the Petworth fair.

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Coronavirus: Two more French fairs called off this autumn plus Fine Arts Paris rescheduled

17 September 2020

Three Parisian fairs have been called off or altered due to Covid-19 concerns.

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A slice of country life in Ludlow with racecourse event

14 September 2020

Organising duo diversify to attract visitors to this month’s racecourse event

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A West Sussex invasion: the Brits came and spent

14 September 2020

The buying crowd at IACF Ardingly was more local than usual but no less enthusiastic

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Fair ready for take-off in Petersfield

14 September 2020

Sara Hughes is delighted that her Vintage, Antiques and Militaria Fair at Petersfield’s Festival Hall is finally going ahead on Sunday, September 27, with 50 dealers.

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Things we learned at IACF Ardingly

14 September 2020

Top tips from IACF’s Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair.

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It’s great to be back at Malvern says B2B

14 September 2020

B2B Events is truly back on the road, said director Helen Yourston after the turnout at the first Malvern Flea since lockdown at the Three Counties Showground on Monday, August 31.

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Selling now: Exhibitors report “exciting” opening day at Petworth as dealers and buyers reunite after coronavirus lockdown

12 September 2020

Dealers at Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair, the first higher-end vetted fair to take place since lockdown ended, recorded sales within minutes of opening yesterday.

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The power of positive thinking

07 September 2020

Focus on how one antiques centre survived and now thrives by being prepared to adapt

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First serving on Wimbledon grass

07 September 2020

Sunbury fair debut on London SW19 playing fields draws the Sunday punters after swift launch

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Object lesson from Wimbledon fair: glass eyes

07 September 2020

Though the first human in-socket artificial eyes were created by Venetian glassmakers c.16th century, the earliest evidence of ocular prosthesis was found in a female burial plot in Shahr-I Sokhta, Iran – dating back to 2900-2800 BC.

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