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 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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The Open Art Fair: Open for business in every sense

09 March 2020

Organisers of the new fair launching this month aim for an atmosphere welcoming to all

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Norwich fair now a brocante

09 March 2020

The long-running monthly fair held in the medieval St Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Hall in the centre of Norwich – formerly the 'Norwich Antiques Fair' and most recently the 'Upmarket Fleamarket' – was taken over last November by antique and vintage toy collectors Leon and Kevin McLoughlin-Smith.

Malthouse hunt for militaria

09 March 2020

Last year we featured the launch of the Malthouse Collective in Stroud, Gloucestershire. This offers 60 dealers and designers selling traditional antiques as well as interiors pieces and art from a listed former Victorian malthouse.

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Plymouth and Bristol porcelain to be talk of the town in Chelsea

09 March 2020

Single-owner collection to form one of the highlights at Penman’s west London event

Bristol April photo fair cancelled

09 March 2020

The second Bristol Vintage Photograph Fair due to be held on Easter Sunday, April 12, at The Royal Photograph Society’s headquarters in the city has been cancelled.

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Many developments at busy mill

09 March 2020

Four years ago we featured the Grade-I Listed Cromford Mill at Matlock in Derbyshire, and most specifically antiques dealer David Walsh who had launched the Cromford Mill Antiques Centre on the site.

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TEFAF Maastricht hit by drop in opening day visitor numbers but sales continue

06 March 2020

TEFAF Maastricht was visited by 4000 people on its Early Access day on Thursday, a 29% drop from last year.

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Dealers keep calm and carry on in the face of challenges as TEFAF Maastricht kicks off

06 March 2020

Despite the apparent loss of some major international buyers due to fears over Coronavirus, the 33rd edition of TEFAF Maastricht hosted more dealers than ever, many of whom stayed cool and made sales.

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The Open Art Fair: exhibitors told fair debut 'is going ahead’ despite coronavirus fears

04 March 2020

Organisers of The Open Art Fair, successor to the BADA Fair, have written to exhibitors confirming the event will go ahead from March 18-24 in London – despite the cancellation of other high-profile art market on coronavirus concerns.

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Siege of Maastricht map among highlights at TEFAF Maastricht

04 March 2020

The city of Maastricht itself will take pride of place on Daniel Crouch Rare Books’ stand at TEFAF, set to open tomorrow.

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Design and book fairs in Milan and Paris latest to be cancelled amid spread of coronavirus but TEFAF Maastricht and Salon du Dessin to go ahead

02 March 2020

Milan’s design fair 'Salone del Mobile' and Paris’ book fair 'Salon du Livre' have postponed planned events this month due to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus.

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Belfast fair back again

02 March 2020

Irish provincial silver is always sought after. The c.1790 silver sauceboat pictured below by John Nicholson of Cork is a rare example.

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Organisers return to Croydon for another event in an impressive venue

02 March 2020

Alison Davis and Alan Old of So Last Century Vintage and Retro Fairs run their London events in suitably historic and interesting buildings.

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Held at the Holt

02 March 2020

Forty-plus dealers will be converging on the Holt Hotel at Steeple Aston, near Oxford, to stand at Antiques@The Holt on Saturday and Sunday March 14-15.

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Fair at Harlequins rugby club sees dealers return to Twickenham

02 March 2020

Haddon Events is returning to the Twickenham Stoop, the south-west London home of Harlequins rugby club, for its annual antiques and collectors’ fair.

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Hush hush: Haughton International Seminar returns to tell “Secrets of the Bedroom”

29 February 2020

Forget Harry and Megan’s public exploits and go back in time to explore the private life of historic royals at The Haughton International Seminar, which returns the summer.

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