Traders return to IACF’s Runway Monday held next to the Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground on July 29.

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The antiques and collectors fair called Runway Monday, held on the runway strip next to the Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, took place on June 29.

IACF’s managing director Will Thomas said the event “was very busy and went very well” as traders and shoppers were eager to buy and sell new stock after such a long period away from face-to-face selling.

The group reported that its trade gate entrance was up 40% compared to before the lockdown and it hosted around 500 stalls, “showing the trade are eager to get back to work”, Thomas added.

IACF welcomed the crowds but said the safety of dealers and visitors was the priority and emphasised hand sanitiser was available and all pitches were 2m apart. Visitors were encouraged to observe social distancing at all times.

The next IACF event is the Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair scheduled for July 21-22 at the South of England Showground, Ardingly near Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

Swallow flies back

Another fair returning after lockdown was the Antiques and Salvage Market at the Cheshire Showground run by Swallow Fairs, which took place on June 27.

Read more about the Swallow event and other events, markets and antiques centres in ATG’s returning section by Joan Porter.