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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Pub pair now serving up antiques at Diss centre

04 February 2019

Husband-and-wife team Henrietta Lewis and Alan Knight, both keen antique and vintage collectors, opened the Diss Emporium in the pretty Norfolk town nine months ago.

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Final painting of Mod Brit artist Julian Trevelyan showing Strawberry Hill sells at new art fair

30 January 2019

Julian Trevelyan’s last painting, depicting Strawberry Hill against a pink sky, sold in the first hours of Connect Art Fair’s inaugural staging yesterday.

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What can BRAFA fair offer for the entry-level collector?

30 January 2019

Big international art fairs are inevitably a showcase for the exhibitors’ showstoppers. At one level, these key pieces highlight the galleries’ specialities and rare finds that they have been saving up for the occasion.

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Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair offers 100 years of looks and labels in Covent Garden

30 January 2019

The Vintage Collections by The Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair comes to London next month.

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London Photograph Fair moves to new Marylebone venue

29 January 2019

The London Photograph Fair has a new venue at the Hellenic Centre in Marylebone.

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Dealers' association partners with US books portal Biblio for annual fair after dropping AbeBooks

28 January 2019

The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association has signed up US online marketplace Biblio as chief sponsor of its flagship annual fair on June 7-9.

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Trading right until closing time: Adams Fairs has an innovative way of discouraging early leavers

28 January 2019

A full house, a good balance between trade and private buyers and happy stall holders: Adams Antiques Fair in Victoria, London is doing something right. ATG went along to its latest event to find out what.

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Q&A with London’s rare book fair chairman Pom Harrington

28 January 2019

With Biblio as partner and a rebrand of its annual fair, the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association is expecting a spike in visitors and exhibitors at its flagship event.

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Fish servers are a rare find

28 January 2019

A rare pair of 19th century silver fish servers are on offer from Schredds at next month’s Petersfield Antiques Fair.

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Whatever the weather: an IACF Ardingly picture special

28 January 2019

As parliamentary debates on future trade relations with the EU raged in London, cross-border business carried on regardless in West Sussex at IACF’s Ardingly International Antiques and Collectors Fair on January 15-16.

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Three salvage solutions: a trio of upcoming fairs

28 January 2019

Buyers are spoilt for choice during May and early June when three decorative and salvage fairs will be running in the UK, all in interesting outdoor settings. Here is a short focus on them.

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Bobbin in to Honiton fair

28 January 2019

The antiques-rich town of Honiton in Devon is famed for its bobbin lacemaking since the 16th century.

What’s on this weekend: February 2-3, 2019

28 January 2019

Fairs to visit this weekend in Didcot and Dorset.

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Charity antique fair planned in Tunbridge Wells in memory of silver dealer

26 January 2019

The granddaughter of silver dealer George Paterson is to launch an antique fair in Tunbridge Wells in April to raise money for the hospice where her grandfather spent his last weeks.

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Romantic jewellery exhibition for one day only at Grays Antiques Centre

21 January 2019

Romantic and erotic jewellery is included in London’s Grays Antiques Centre during a special pre-Valentine’s Day exhibition, Vetiti Amare.

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Fair back at the Mills

21 January 2019

Back by popular demand, says Caroline Brown of Rose & Brown Vintage, is her biannual Vintage Furniture and Home Fair held in the Old Woollen Room at the atmospheric Sunny Bank Mills, a former textiles mill in Farsley near Leeds.

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BRAFA: the Brussels art and antiques fair that ranges far and wide

21 January 2019

One of the attractions of BRAFA, the Brussels art and antiques fair which is traditionally a new-year opener in continental Europe, is its breadth. This is not a specialist event: it concentrates on quality across a range of disciplines.

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Gallery Desmet at BRAFA 2019

21 January 2019

Among the numerous dealers at BRAFA showing early works of art is Brussels’ Gallery Desmet, which specialises in sculpture and objects ranging from Antiquity to the Grand Tour.

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Whitford Fine Art at BRAFA 2019

21 January 2019

Whitford Fine Art from London is a long-standing BRAFA stalwart (understandably given that the gallery’s core stock is work by 20th century Belgian and international artists).

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Didier Claes at BRAFA 2019

21 January 2019

With so many tribal art galleries concentrated in Brussels it is no surprise to find 10 specialists in the field showing at BRAFA, six of them from the Belgian capital.

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