Showground Fairs

The term 'showground fairs' refers to the large outdoor art, antique and collectors' events that take place across the UK. The locations range from airfields to racecourses.


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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.

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Rain fails to stop play at busy Ardingly

14 March 2022

Stall-holders report brisk trade during the latest staging of the huge West Sussex event

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Calling in to busy Kempton Park

21 February 2022

Snapshot of the successful Sunbury event that has been around for over 40 years

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Dealer Nicholls rates Ardingly as a smash hit

31 January 2022

IACF Ardingly in January had a very enthusiastic thumbsup Tweet from Worthing dealer Henry Nicholls.

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Help on hand to jump Brexit hurdles

27 October 2021

Decorative art dealer duo started their own advisory service to cope with new Brexit rules

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Two ‘biggies’ coming up

27 September 2021

Dealers will be heading to Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire this month with three days of buying beckoning from the two ‘biggies’.

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Kempton back with a bang – and entrance fees

19 April 2021

Sunbury Antiques Market, better known simply as Kempton due to its Surrey racecourse location, last week became the first open-air fair to return after the most recent lockdown.

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Trade delight as markets and dealers reopen

30 November 2020

The art and antiques sector breathed a sigh of relief with the news that shops and centres, auction houses, markets and some fairs can reopen in England from December 2.

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A West Sussex invasion: the Brits came and spent

14 September 2020

The buying crowd at IACF Ardingly was more local than usual but no less enthusiastic

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Things we learned at IACF Ardingly

14 September 2020

Top tips from IACF’s Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair.

Kempton fair

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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IACF hails success at Newark as fairs go back to business

06 July 2020

International Antiques and Collectors Fairs (IACF) kicked off its return to business with its first event after lockdown.

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Business brisk as Swallow flies back

06 July 2020

The appetite people have for the return of fairs and markets is summed up by Alice Roberton from Arthur Swallow Fairs talking about the specially adapted, fully outdoor Covid-19 antiques and salvage market on Saturday, June 27.

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The dealers’ view at Arthur Swallow Fairs' Lincoln event

15 April 2019

“I’ve sold Jesus Christ… could I interest you in St Patrick?” So asked Martyn Watson of Penrith, Cumbria, stalling out in the Epic Centre and keen to shift his statue of Ireland’s patron saint.

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Two into one fair will go for Arthur Swallow

15 April 2019

Condensing a two-day event into one and moving to a new weekday slot are no mean feats – just ask Arthur Swallow Fairs, which has just launched a new streamlined format. ATG went along to the first edition to view the results.

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The overseas buyers at Lincoln fair: ‘We can’t get this range and prices in our own market’

15 April 2019

Arthur Swallow Fairs’ Antiques & Home show may not have the moniker ‘international’ attached but the event attracts a strong overseas group of buyers who comb the fair, clutching sheets of shipping firm stickers to identify purchases for collection.

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Local loyalists at Lincoln Antiques and Home Show: ‘Fair seems more condensed and lively’

15 April 2019

Belinda and Tom Kilduff (pictured below) are Lincolnshire locals and Antiques & Home Show loyalists. They noted how “busy, condensed and lively” the one-day format was.

All tables booked at Kempton specialist arms fair

11 March 2019

'The Vintage and Classic Arms Fair' will run at Kempton Park Racecourse in Sunbury, Middlesex, on Sunday, March 24.

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Kempton Park fair is the year’s front runner

14 January 2019

Bi-monthly Sunbury event has carved out a strong niche – a picture special.

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Stand rates reduced as Swallow’s Lincolnshire show becomes four one-day events in 2019

22 October 2018

Arthur Swallow Fairs has announced a significant change in the format of its antiques and home fairs held at the Lincolnshire Showground.

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