Fairs, Markets, Shops and Centres


Love Fairs delighted with ‘excellent’ Detling growth

02 January 2024

Words like ‘excellent growth, full house and waiting lists’ are music to any fair organiser’s ears.


Spa town’s book fairs boom again

02 January 2024

Revived event in Tunbridge Wells is full with a waiting list, reflecting the strong national trend


French and Scottish-based dealers support Malvern flea fair

02 January 2024

English-born dealers living in France are coming over to stand at the Malvern Flea Fairs which is good news, not least as they offer stock not seen on the market before, says Helen Yourston of B2B Events.

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Review of the year: Revived events fly the flag in 2023

18 December 2023

The return of Ally Pally and glass fairs helped to spread good cheer along with centres expanding


Hemswell centres set to expand

11 December 2023

Huge Lincolnshire business is among the firms that are confident for the future after a buzzing year


History lesson on how to reuse buildings for art and antiques

04 December 2023

The repurposing of buildings for use as antiques centres and sometimes fairs has seen a revitalisation of historic buidings.


Sunbury thanks loyal traders

04 December 2023

Prices frozen for pre-booked pitches at Kempton Park Racecourse for fourth year running


Atmospheric places to shop for antiques in Shropshire and Somerset

27 November 2023

The Times recently ran a feature on seven of the most atmospheric towns in the UK in which to do your Christmas shopping for one-off gifts, maybe combining this joysome activity with a weekend break. Here are some art and antiques options in two of them, Ludlow in Shropshire and Frome in Somerset.


A fair? What an Offaly good idea

27 November 2023

Mother-and-daughter team start new event in Ireland with hopes for several others across the island


Flood fund raiser will return to Shrewsbury

20 November 2023

To help raise funds for a flood appeal at the West Midlands Showground in Shrewsbury, local fair organisers Emma and Oli Jones, aka JOS Events held a special ‘yard’ sale there earlier this month.


Grandma’s Attic Fair in Chichester is full

20 November 2023

Running in Chichester on December 3 is Grandma’s Attic Fairs’ antiques and vintage fair at the Westgate Leisure Centre.


Actress Emma Thompson agreed it was ‘Very Nice’

20 November 2023

The Vintage and Very Nice Market is held monthly in the pleasant surroundings of the 18th century Assembly Rooms in Chichester.


Ephemera that’s here to stay

20 November 2023

Valerie Jackson-Harris is stepping down as chair of The Ephemera Society, a position she has held since 2008.


‘Three months’ became 32 years for Hexham antiques market

13 November 2023

When he launched his midweek antiques fair in the Northumberland market town of Hexham in 1991, Colin Caygill told the manager of the Wentworth Leisure Centre where it was held that “he would give it a go for three or four months”.


High time for an auction house

13 November 2023

Owners of a rapidly expanding chain of shops turn their attention to opening a saleroom in Somerset town


The London Antique and Vintage Textile Fair supports the next generation

06 November 2023

Textile Society fair is good business for dealers but it also acts as a fundraiser for student bursaries


‘We can deal with stray shells - but not heartbreaking monotony’

06 November 2023

In November 1915, Captain Wilton John Rix of the 6th Bedfordshire Regiment wrote from France to the East Suffolk Gazette with an understated and moving plea for a relief from the war’s monotony.


Suffolk village’s charms include two fairs and three antiques shops

06 November 2023

Two popular fairs are running in November and December in the Suffolk village of Long Melford which also offers three antiques businesses as an extra draw for buyers to part with their cash in a pre-Christmas splash.


From Newark to the world: latest IACF event attracts global appeal

30 October 2023

International buyers were out in force among the buyers at the busy IACF two-day event


How nostalgia fuels toy collecting

30 October 2023

The growth in toys and collectables is related to the age of buyers and the items they remember from their own childhood, auction houses say.