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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‘Outdoor’ Petworth can go ahead in September as indoor events cancelled until October

03 August 2020

The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair can go ahead as planned in September after the National Trust deemed it an ‘outdoor’ event.

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Firsts book fair moves to London's Saatchi Gallery

03 August 2020

The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA) is moving its annual flagship event Firsts – London’s Rare Book Fair from Battersea to Chelsea.

Long Melford centre ready to reopen

03 August 2020

The planned reopening at Easter of the former antiques warehouse in the Suffolk village of Long Melford was one of the last features to appear in this column prior to lockdown.

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Carmarthen fair put on hold

03 August 2020

Towy Events organiser and dealer Robert Pugh has cancelled his August antiques and fleamarkets monthly event at the Carmarthen Showground and will await government guidance about when he can restart.

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Five dealer-led online showcases opening up this summer

03 August 2020

As well as dealers’ websites and multi-dealer portals, a number of online events are taking place this summer that feature a range of traders. Here is a selection of some of the places to find art and antiques online in the coming months.

Shepton Flea leaps back into action at showground

03 August 2020

Six months after the last Shepton Fleamarket was held at the Bath & West Showground in Somerset, the event returns on Sunday, August 16, with more than 250 stalls.

Stallholders raring to go at Jay fair

03 August 2020

Jay Fairs aka Joy O’Meara, who launched her fairs in Oxfordshire in the 1980s with her sister Jill Napper, is excited about the return after a four-month absence of her popular monthly antiques fair at the parish hall in Benson, near Oxford, on Sunday, August 16.

Organisers frustrated by venue rules

03 August 2020

Fairs held at conference and events venues that involve more than 30 people at any one time will not be possible under government legislation until October 1.

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Temperature checks and wide aisles: Olympia unveils plans for safety at winter fair

31 July 2020

Organisers of the Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia have reiterated that the event will go ahead and have announced measures to ensure safety for visitors and exhibitors.

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Kempton owner tests Sunday ‘interiors’ format fair at new Wimbledon venue

30 July 2020

Sunbury Antiques Market, organiser of the bi-weekly Kempton Park Racecourse fair, is moving into London with a trial Sunday event in Wimbledon next month.

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Coronavirus: Adams fairs and IACF postpone London events under government regulations

28 July 2020

Two more UK fair organisers have called off events as the closure of conference and event venues has been prolonged.

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Penman calls off Petersfield fair in September

24 July 2020

The Petersfield Antiques Fair, which was scheduled to take place this autumn, has been called off.

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Two more Galloway Fairs cancelled due to coronavirus

23 July 2020

Galloway Fairs has called off two upcoming events due to continuing complications over coronavirus.

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On a stairway to sales heaven

20 July 2020

It’s not often that an antiques fair is likened to a Led Zep reunion, but bear with us…

Upcoming fair dates as 'Frieze' and 'Frieze Masters' join list of cancelled events

20 July 2020

'Frieze' and 'Frieze Masters' have joined the steadily lengthening list of fairs to be cancelled or rescheduled as a result of coronavirus.

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Breaking down barriers: How redecoration is boosting trade

20 July 2020

Stephanie Castell, owner of The Secondhand Warehouse in the Herefordshire town of Leominster, resorted to an extreme measure to make social distancing easier when the centre reopened: she took a wall out.

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Eye of the Collector latest London fair to be rescheduled

18 July 2020

The inaugural 'Eye of the Collector' fair in London has been postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus.

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TEFAF New York autumn fair cancelled due to coronavirus

17 July 2020

The delayed TEFAF New York 2020, postponed from spring to autumn, has now been officially cancelled.

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Frieze London and Frieze Masters fairs cancelled this autumn

14 July 2020

Frieze London and Frieze Masters fairs have been cancelled this year due to the ongoing issues relating to coronavirus.

B2B jumps through the hoops

13 July 2020

Helen Yourston, director of B2B Events, has been in touch with a reminder of the organiser’s first event post-lockdown.

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