Penman Fairs

Penman Antiques Fairs was founded by Caroline Penman in 1972 and held its first events at the Ardingly Showground. The organisers later started staging events at other venues all over the country.

A variety of fairs now come under the Penman Fairs umbrella including the Chelsea Antiques Fair, Firle Place and the Petersfield Fair.


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Note shows light-hearted Laura Knight

20 August 2018

A cartoon by Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970) offers a rare and light-hearted look at her married life.

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Fair venue with royal approval at Windsor

28 May 2018

A new event from Penman Fairs steps into the gap that represents the calm before the storm of the London summer season.

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Penman Antiques Fairs launches new event at Windsor

15 February 2018

Penman Antiques Fairs is launching a new antiques fair in Windsor, its first new event for two years.

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Fair races into Chester

05 February 2018

The year is well under way for Penman Fairs as it gears up for The Chester Antiques Fair.

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Laugh longest: 18th century satirical print offered at upcoming Chester Antiques Show

28 September 2017

An Oxfordshire antiques dealer will offer a rare and unusual piece of political satire at the upcoming Chester Antiques Show (October 12-15).

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Sit up and pay attention to the Petersfield attractions

21 August 2017

The next Penman Fair takes place in Hampshire at Petersfield’s Festival Hall. Now in its 44th year, the upcoming edition of the Petersfield Antiques Fair features a focus on 20th century design, new dates and several fresh faces.

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Penman goes back to school

17 July 2017

Penman Fairs holds its second annual fair at Burford School in Oxfordshire from July 29-30.

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Penman full of confidence in its Firle Place base

30 May 2017

Like Petworth, Lewes is a place known for its antiques shops. A nearby fair running from June 2-4 provides a chance for visitors to get an extra dose of shopping.

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Early Dandie Dinmont terriers discovered in Chelsea Fair painting

08 March 2017

A painting coming to The Chelsea Antiques, Art & Design Fair is the earliest representation of the Dandie Dinmont, a small breed of Scottish terrier.

Towcester to get a new fair

28 May 2010

A WEEK before she launches her West London Art & Antiques Fair, Caroline Penman has announced another new summer event, The Towcester Antiques Fair which will take place at Towcester Racecourse in Northamptonshire from June 25 to 27.

Penman closes West London fair

30 January 2006

AFTER 31 years Caroline Penman has axed her original London fixture, the West London Antiques Fair, which has been held at Kensington Town Hall every January since 1976.

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The trade gear up for first fine fair of the year

23 December 2004

ESTABLISHED in 1976, the annual West London Antiques Fair is traditionally the first quality fair of the year and a sure sign that the trade is well and truly back in harness after the seasonal break.

Penman to launch new Chelsea fair aimed at young buyers

11 November 2004

NEXT spring Caroline Penman launches a new fair at Chelsea Old Town Hall in King’s Road, London SW3. It will be called The King’s Road Antiques Fair and will run from March 11 to 13.

Caroline moves in... and a fair sprouts up

29 September 2004

SUSSEX-based Caroline Penman, that doyenne of fair organisers, moved into Uckfield last year and it has not taken her long to stamp her identity on the small market town.

Days of highs and lows

22 September 2004

NOW well established, the twice-yearly Petersfield Antiques Fair, organised by Caroline Penman at the Hampshire town’s Festival Hall, is a traditional fair which usually ticks over to the general satisfaction of its 43 or so exhibitors.

Days of highs and lows

22 September 2004

NOW well established, the twice-yearly Petersfield Antiques Fair, organised by Caroline Penman at the Hampshire town’s Festival Hall, is a traditional fair which usually ticks over to the general satisfaction of its 43 or so exhibitors.

Aussie boost for Bury

16 September 2004

A DEALER from Melbourne, Australia was one of the first through the doors, and certainly the most welcome visitor at Caroline Penman’s first Bury St. Edmunds Antiques Fair, held at the Athenaeum in the Suffolk market town from September 3 to 5.

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Maintaining momentum… upbeat Bailey and Penman

24 August 2004

HAVING reported on trade expansion, it is equally encouraging to see seasoned organisers such as Robert Bailey and Caroline Penman in a similarly upbeat mood.

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Penman is new hand at plough in potentially rich furrows

19 August 2004

LONG-TIME readers may recall that I used to wonder why East Anglia, such a fertile ground for everything from agriculture to antiques shops, remained something of a wasteland in terms of fairs. What, I asked, held organisers back? The place may be a little off the beaten track but it is rich in artistic heritage from Cotman and Constable to Munnings, it has history from Hereward to Nelson and there has always been money from medieval wool days through to the present acres of wheatfields.

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Now East Anglia is new ground for Penman to pioneer

29 June 2004

FEW fair organisers are bolder than Caroline Penman who, for decades, has been putting together such respected and traditional fixtures as the Chelsea and West London Antique Fairs. Not every Penman endeavour succeeds, but Caroline keeps coming up with new ideas and venues and, from September 3 to 5, she moves to East Anglia to launch the Bury St. Edmunds Antiques Fair at The Athenaeum in the Suffolk town’s Angel Square.

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