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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Tribal fair hosts online spring edition

18 April 2022

This wooden Nagaland pipe from north-east India is offered at this month’s Tribal Art Fair online. Available from Shropshire dealership Handbury Tribal Art, it comes from a UK private collection and is priced at €750.

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Back in focus: Historical photography and photographica in the spotlight at fairs

18 April 2022

Two transatlantic spring fairs bring the twin collecting areas of historical photography and photographica into focus in the spring.

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The ‘summer of salvage’ for Arthur Swallow Fairs

18 April 2022

Ripley Castle’s website describes a history of persecution, plague, loyalty, social turbulence and recklessness.

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Mill venue weaves atmosphere in West Yorkshire

18 April 2022

Sunny Bank Mills at Farsley near Leeds has been in the Gaunt family for six generations.

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First timers offered chance at TEFAF

11 April 2022

TEFAF Maastricht hosts 19 first-time exhibitors this year plus six new galleries in its Showcase.

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Brontë manuscript on sale at New York book fair

11 April 2022

A recently rediscovered miniature book by Charlotte Brontë (1816-55) is on offer at the New York International Antiquarian Book Fair (NYIABF) this month.

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At an indoor fair: All the fun – and serendipity – of the fair

11 April 2022

At a mid or high-end art and antiques fair buyers can comfortably get round all the stands in a day and have time to browse, consider and discuss with expert dealers. Such events have a more relaxed and social vibe to them: dealers invite their clients along and hope to meet new buyers by attracting them onto their stands with eye-catching items and displays.

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The treats of Philadelphia

11 April 2022

Pennsylvania dealership HL Chalfant, a specialist in American decorative arts, offers a turned banister back armchair at this year’s Philadelphia Show. The chair itself was made in Pennsylvania, c.1730- 40, and is available for $35,000.

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From an antiques centre: The centre of attention

11 April 2022

Antiques centres provide a treasure trove of objects from a wide array of dealers all under one roof and make a good destination for a trip that any antiques or vintage lover will enjoy.

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Bust impulse buy at Chelsea

11 April 2022

At the recent Chelsea Antiques Fair a 19th century bronze bust of Isis by Pierre-Eugène-Émile Hébert was bought by an Egyptian businessman who came with no intention of buying anything specific.

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Four upcoming car boot fairs in the UK from Wilton House to Stonor Park

11 April 2022

The country house car boot season is back, dominated by the mammoth annual boot event held for 40 years in aid of the local Rotary Club at Wilton House.

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Fair's new organiser tells tales of tiles

11 April 2022

Dealer promises to promote Nottingham specialist fair

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Hunt celebrates 25 years at IACF

11 April 2022

Claire Hunt is celebrating 25 years working for the fair organiser IACF.

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At a showground fair: Getting it all out in the open

11 April 2022

The largest showground fairs are so extensive that it would be impossible to browse items on all the stands in one day. IACF’s Newark Antiques Fair, for example, is held on an 84-acre site with up to 2500 stands.

The British Art Fair

Will Ramsay adds British Art Fair to worldwide line-up

04 April 2022

The British Art Fair has been bought by Ramsay Fairs.

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Antiques events taking place this Easter weekend from Cornwall to Glasgow

04 April 2022

Weather forecasters say that the Easter weekend is likely to be a sizzler and as this is a traditionally mega-busy time on the fairs and market scene there may be cheers all round across the bank holiday. Here is a short snapshot of a few events.

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A man with textiles in the blood

04 April 2022

Dealer offers vintage and new design art after more than 30 years in family weaving company

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International buyers ready for Birmingham

28 March 2022

Now UK restrictions on international travellers have eased, the organisers of The Art & Antiques for Everyone (AAfE) fair at the NEC Birmingham are hoping for a return of buyers from further afield.

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Galloway Antiques Fairs returns to Duncombe Park

28 March 2022

Galloway Antiques Fairs is back in North Yorkshire this spring for its Duncombe Park event.

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Preparing for Peterborough: Organiser IACF looks forward to first Easter festival edition since it took over event in 2019

28 March 2022

Managing director of IACF William Thomas is building up the momentum to the bumper crowds which are expected this Easter at the two-day 'Peterborough Festival of Antiques'.

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