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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Open Art Fair: BADA to refund 20% stand cost

13 April 2020

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) Council is giving members who exhibited at the curtailed The Open Art Fair (TOAF) sums equivalent to 20% of their stand rental charges.

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Paris' Biennale fair proposes giving exhibitors longer to pay

13 April 2020

La Biennale Paris has proposed that potential exhibitors may spread payment of their participation fees out over four months after the event.

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Coronavirus: Trade tested by lockdown

30 March 2020

The UK art and antiques trade is hastening its efforts to provide a sense of business as usual during unusual times after the UK government requested all ‘non-essential’ firms to close their premises to the public.

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Coronavirus: Emergency measures for the self-employed announced by chancellor

26 March 2020

Emergency help from the chancellor Rishi Sunak will be available for self-employed people it was announced today.

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Masterpiece London cancelled for summer 2020 due to coronavirus crisis

26 March 2020

The summer 2020 edition of Masterpiece London planned for June 24-July 1 has been cancelled, organisers have announced.

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Coronavirus: Summer Olympia postponed with new dates pending

26 March 2020

Clarion Events, organiser of the two annual Olympia Art & Antiques Fairs have postponed its summer event.

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UK art and antiques businesses close their doors but some sales to continue online

24 March 2020

The government’s updated list of businesses whose premises must close as UK enters three-week lockdown to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus includes all dealers, centres, fairs and auctions.

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Trade moves online as Covid-19 bites

23 March 2020

Fair organisers were forced into making dramatic changes to their schedule as almost every event in the UK and Ireland was either cancelled or postponed last week, while many dealers were left facing the most challenging conditions for trading in living memory.

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The Open Art Fair goes ahead – but closes after two days

23 March 2020

The Open Art Fair, the new incarnation of what was the annual BADA fair in Chelsea, opened in hugely difficult circumstances on Wednesday March 18.

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TEFAF Maastricht – why the show went on

23 March 2020

The world's leading art and antiques fair shuts early but dealers report significant sales at testing time

Selected fair cancellations due of to the coronavirus outbreak

23 March 2020

With the coronavirus outbreak impacting the art and antiques trade, the number of fairs being cancelled or postponed is extensive.

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How Adams Antiques Fairs' London event went ahead before future dates were postponed

23 March 2020

The round of applause that broke out for fair organiser Matthew Adams at the Royal Horticultural Halls on Sunday, March 15 was loud and, exhibitors said, very well-earned.

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Kempton final March date postponed but 'we're evaluating next dates on a weekly basis'

20 March 2020

Sunbury Antiques Fairs, organiser of Kempton and Sandown fairs, has postponed the next scheduled dates of both events due to coronavirus concerns.

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IACF cancels Newark, Ardingly but reschedules Peterborough from April to June

19 March 2020

IACF, the UK’s largest fair organiser, has cancelled flagship events in April and May as “the health of our stallholders and loyal buyers is our absolute priority” during the coronavirus crisis.

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Picture special: how the show went on for Adams Fairs in London on Sunday

19 March 2020

Despite coronavirus concerns, dealers came out in support of Adams Antiques Fairs staging its monthly London event last Sunday - ahead of postponement of future dates

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Coronavirus: Cooper Events cancels its next two fairs

17 March 2020

Cooper Events has called off its next two fairs following the latest guidance on the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus: Battersea decorative fair cancelled for first time in 35 years

17 March 2020

The spring The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair has been cancelled.

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Coronavirus: UK auctioneers keep calm and carry on as many fairs take a hit

16 March 2020

The UK’s art and antiques trade is bracing itself for challenging times as the impact of coronavirus takes hold.

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Coronavirus fears force cancellations across antiques fairs calendar

16 March 2020

Salon du Dessin, Art & Antiques for Everyone and Chelsea shelved but TOAF to go ahead

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Coronavirus: ABA and PBFA call off Edinburgh antiquarian book fair

14 March 2020

Managers of the Edinburgh Premier Fair, run by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) & Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA), have called off the next staging.

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