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.

Selected fair cancellations due of to the coronavirus outbreak

23 March 2020

With the coronavirus outbreak impacting the art and antiques trade, the number of fairs being cancelled or postponed is extensive.

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How Adams Antiques Fairs' London event went ahead before future dates were postponed

23 March 2020

The round of applause that broke out for fair organiser Matthew Adams at the Royal Horticultural Halls on Sunday, March 15 was loud and, exhibitors said, very well-earned.

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Kempton final March date postponed but 'we're evaluating next dates on a weekly basis'

20 March 2020

Sunbury Antiques Fairs, organiser of Kempton and Sandown fairs, has postponed the next scheduled dates of both events due to coronavirus concerns.

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IACF cancels Newark, Ardingly but reschedules Peterborough from April to June

19 March 2020

IACF, the UK’s largest fair organiser, has cancelled flagship events in April and May as “the health of our stallholders and loyal buyers is our absolute priority” during the coronavirus crisis.

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Picture special: how the show went on for Adams Fairs in London on Sunday

19 March 2020

Despite coronavirus concerns, dealers came out in support of Adams Antiques Fairs staging its monthly London event last Sunday - ahead of postponement of future dates

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Coronavirus: Cooper Events cancels its next two fairs

17 March 2020

Cooper Events has called off its next two fairs following the latest guidance on the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus: Battersea decorative fair cancelled for first time in 35 years

17 March 2020

The spring The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair has been cancelled.

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Coronavirus: UK auctioneers keep calm and carry on as many fairs take a hit

16 March 2020

The UK’s art and antiques trade is bracing itself for challenging times as the impact of coronavirus takes hold.

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Coronavirus fears force cancellations across antiques fairs calendar

16 March 2020

Salon du Dessin, Art & Antiques for Everyone and Chelsea shelved but TOAF to go ahead

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Coronavirus: ABA and PBFA call off Edinburgh antiquarian book fair

14 March 2020

Managers of the Edinburgh Premier Fair, run by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) & Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA), have called off the next staging.

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Salon du Dessin postponed as organisers reverse decision to go ahead

13 March 2020

The prestigious Paris drawings fair ‘Salon du Dessin’ has been postponed until the end of May as the outbreak of coronavirus in Europe continues to have a major effect on the fairs calendar.

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Chelsea Antiques Fair called off due to coronavirus concerns

12 March 2020

The Chelsea Antiques Fair has been cancelled in reaction to fears over coronavirus.

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TEFAF Maastricht 2020 to close early due to coronavirus

11 March 2020

TEFAF Maastricht will close earlier than planned, at 7pm Wednesday, March 11.

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First major UK antiques fair to be cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak

10 March 2020

The spring Art & Antiques for Everyone fair at the NEC has become the first major UK antiques fair to be cancelled following the coronavirus outbreak.

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Organisers say Salon du Dessin will go ahead despite new public events restrictions in France

10 March 2020

The Paris drawings fair ‘Salon du Dessin’ is to go ahead as planned later this month, despite the new restrictions on public gatherings in France.

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TEFAF Maastricht remains quieter but stand-out sales continue as Van Gogh sells for around €12m

09 March 2020

Monday in Maastricht at TEFAF was a quieter experience as visitor numbers (anecdotally) remained down into the second week of the art and antiques fair.

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Early sales give TEFAF a boost

09 March 2020

Significant sales were made in the opening hours of the 33rd edition of TEFAF Maastricht - despite the absence of some major international buyers due to fears over coronavirus.

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Brooch to burn bright in Perth

09 March 2020

The Scone Palace Antiques & Fine Art Fair in Perth is usually a draw for Scottish dealers such as Highland Antiques.

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Textile Society award supports restoration

09 March 2020

While one of the Textile Society’s important functions is holding fairs, another is its annual awards and bursaries, including a professional development award.

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Interviews: First-time exhibitors and returning dealers at The Open Art Fair 2020

09 March 2020

The first edition of 'The Open Art Fair' opens this month having morphed out of the BADA Fair. Here we speak to three dealers who have previously stood at the BADA event and another who has signed up for the first time.

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