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.

NEC fair

Art & Antiques for Everyone: no fairs to be held in 2023

19 December 2022

Art & Antiques for Everyone, the fair held three times a year at Birmingham’s NEC, has been scrapped for 2023, raising concerns that it will never return.

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Laura Knight: her ‘time has come’

19 December 2022

Dealer Karen Taylor is among those noting that “collectors seem to be following the trend set by museums and buying more work by women”.

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Welsh antiques wonderland

19 December 2022

Suggestions on centres to visit, from Cardiff and Pembrokeshire up to Denbighshire

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Ephemera Fair discovers the joy of six

19 December 2022

Event will change next year to be held less frequently but with greater impact

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Top stories this week – including news of the Art & Antiques for Everyone fair being cancelled

18 December 2022

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of the Art & Antiques for Everyone fair being cancelled for 2023.

Bart Drenth

A new TEFAF boss and recent auction house hires – the latest Movers & Shakers

15 December 2022

A round up of recent appointments across the world of art and antiques.

Art & Antiques for Everyone (AAfE) fair

Art & Antiques for Everyone fair cancelled for 2023

14 December 2022

The much-loved event at the NEC Birmingham, that had run three times a year pre-Covid, has cancelled plans for next year.

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Despite news of Ally Pally’s demise, 2022 has largely been a refreshingly positive experience

12 December 2022

The year ended on a sombre note: after a near unbroken 40-year run of antiques fairs at Alexandra Palace in north London, the much-loved fair will no longer be held at this most special of venues.

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Merged Paris fair brings back the crowds

12 December 2022

Over 17,000 visitors including representatives from French and foreign museums, major collectors and decorators attended the first staging of the newly merged fair Fine Arts Paris & La Biennale.

IACF Alexandra Palace

IACF says September Ally Pally fair was last

05 December 2022

The annual antiques and collectors’ fair at Alexandra Palace is no more.

The Emporium Hungerford

Hungerford's Emporium traders eager for an enthusiastic buyer

05 December 2022

The search is on for a new owner of The Emporium in Hungerford.

IACF Alexandra Palace

It’s farewell Ally Pally, but a heartfelt welcome to Redbourn

05 December 2022

IACF calls time at north London venue and launches an event just to the north

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Wanstead Vintage Fair runs the week before Christmas

05 December 2022

The popular Wanstead Vintage Fair is organised by Karen Stuckey four times annually, with the last of the year running the week before Christmas, on Saturday, December 17.

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“I always do well here": Derby event answers dealer’s prayers

05 December 2022

Silver specialist delighted to count a Welsh Bible box among his sales at the Jaguar Fairs event

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Weird and wonderful buys at Shepton Mallet Antiques Fair

28 November 2022

Some lucky youngsters were among the attendees at IACF’s Shepton Mallet Antiques Fair earlier this month.

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A taste of Olympia: Buteux sauceboat buy

28 November 2022

A silver sauceboat made in London, 1731, a scarce remaining work by Huguenot female maker Elizabeth Buteux, was one of the highlight sales at the recent Winter Art & Antiques Olympia Fair.

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Outside move kept classic arms fair on the map

28 November 2022

‘Zero profit’ but event got through Covid and has 220 stands at the next event

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Toys, teddy bears and dolls fest is back – three years on

28 November 2022

To quote toys specialist supremo Daniel Agnew, ex-Christie’s teddy bear auctions, co-organiser of the annual 'London International Antique Doll, Teddy Bear and Toy Fair: 200 Years of Childhood': “It’s like being in a museum where everything is for sale.”

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Holy acceptable price tag

28 November 2022

Small is indeed beautiful for traders at two redundant churches given a new life as antique centres in the heart of Norwich some years ago.

LAPADA Fair

LAPADA fair to make 2023 comeback

21 November 2022

The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair in Berkeley Square, London, will return next year.

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