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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Chessboard checks into Bath fair in a selection of toys and games

18 February 2019

A selection of toys and games at the Bath Decorative Antiques Fair proves that antique playthings have their place as both decorative items and collectors’ pieces.

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Top choices at Wilton House fair

18 February 2019

More than 40 top dealers will set out their vetted stands at the annual long-running Wilton House Art and Antiques Fair.

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Furniture takes centre stage at annual Cotswolds event

14 February 2019

A William and Mary period oyster veneered laburnum and chest of drawers is among the huge selection of furniture on offer in the Cotswolds next week.

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TEFAF Maastricht hosts virtual reality tour of 470-year-old Amsterdam map and four other fair highlights

14 February 2019

TEFAF Maastricht returns this year with a virtual reality exhibition set to transform the way a 16th century map of Amsterdam is experienced.

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Olympia London to be transformed in £1bn project as planning permission is granted

13 February 2019

A £1bn plan to revamp Olympia London, including the home of the venerable Art & Antiques Fair Olympia, has been approved by planners.

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Shakespeare’s Globe and ABA partner for June fair

11 February 2019

The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA) has joined forces with Shakespeare’s Globe as its charity partner for the next edition of its June flagship fair.

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Knebworth fair offers wide range to suit glass collectors

11 February 2019

This one-off retirement day piece (below) is by glass-maker Richard Golding, founder of Okra Glass, who has been involved with the art for more than 30 years.

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Cheshire fair smooths the way to romantic buys

11 February 2019

An ancient Greek lekythos, which would have been used to smear perfumed oil on a woman’s skin before marriage, is one of the highlights at Art Antiques Cheshire.

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Organiser who goes to town for street events

11 February 2019

As ACVR Events, Jackie Edwards launched her first antiques and decorative arts street fairs in the Hampshire town of Romsey four years ago.

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US buyers fly into Battersea fair

11 February 2019

A 1976 secretaire by Bernt Rosen was one of the highlight sales at last month’s Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in Battersea where US buyers jostled with locals to bag the best objects.

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Worcestershire Antiques Fair includes array of ceramics dealers and porcelain society seminar

11 February 2019

Coming to the Two Cs two-day Worcestershire Antiques Fair at the Chateau Impney Hotel are ceramics dealers offering porcelain pieces, including Derby, from the 17th to 20th centuries.

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The CADA face of the fair

11 February 2019

Every year, a female portrait is chosen as the ‘Face of the Fair’ at CADA (see main story for fair details).

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From Roman to retro: 12 jewellery highlights from Grays Antiques Market

11 February 2019

Although the centre never closed during the Crossrail project, as that work winds down Grays Antiques Market now has a fresh chance to showcase the many exceptional dealers based in the Edwardian building on Davies Street in London. As one might expect near Bond Street, period jewellery, from Roman rings to 1970s retro, is the main stock in trade.

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UK dealers heading to TEFAF Maastricht 2019 ‘confident of return logistics' ahead of Brexit

04 February 2019

UK-based exhibitors at TEFAF’s Maastricht 2019 edition (March 16-24) tell ATG they have prioritised the return transport of art and objects from the event ahead of Brexit's scheduled date on March 29.

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Julian Trevelyan’s final work provides lift to new Connect fair

04 February 2019

Julian Trevelyan’s (1910-88) final oil painting, depicting Strawberry Hill against a pink sky, sold in the first hours of Connect – The Independent Art Fair’s inaugural staging on January 29.

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Famous cricketer graces plate at the Chester Antiques Fair

04 February 2019

A rare blue-printed plate featuring the legendary cricketer WG Grace (1848-1915) is among the highlights at the Chester Antiques Fair.

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Moon-case clock set to shine at Galloway Antiques Fair

04 February 2019

An eight-day arched brass dial rolling moon-case clock, c.1750, is on offer for £3350 from Lancaster House Antiques at the next Galloway Antiques Fair at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire.

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Trading right until closing time at Adams Antiques Fair - a picture special

04 February 2019

Adams Antiques Fairs rewards stall-holders who last the course.

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Indulge your fashion tastes with vintage fairs that coincide with London Fashion Week

04 February 2019

'London Fashion Week' hits the city from February 15-19 in a dizzying whirl of catwalk shows from 250 designers at top venues.

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Ephemera trade takes a seasonal turn

04 February 2019

This Valentine’s card, below, by the French artist Xavier Sager was posted from Finland in 1917 to an address in Norway. It is priced at £15 from Val Jackson-Harris, a dealer in printed ephemera from the 18th-19th and early 20th centuries.

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