It has reached its 50-year milestone – quite a feat in the current climate of fairs being forced out of business due to rising costs.
Organiser Penman Fairs has been running the Hampshire event for the past 25 years and this edition, scheduled for March 3-5, features 36 exhibitors offering art and antiques at prices from £20 to £8000.
Many of the dealers are stalwarts such as Frank Wilson of Wilsons Antiques in Worthing who has been showing for more than 20 years.
Local dealer The Petersfield Bookshop; Berkshire’s John Ebdon and silver and jewellery specialist Shapiro & Co are all long-time exhibitors too.
Although the Festival Hall event attracts the regulars to return, this edition also welcomes new faces including English porcelain dealer Jill Gosling (who has exhibited with Penman Fairs for more than 20 years elsewhere); AntiqueKaren with jewellery and small collectable pieces; Digby Antiques with silver, objets d’art and treen; and Chesters Farm Gallery with ceramics, fine art and glass.
Returning after a break is decorative arts specialist Morgan Strickland. Other regular dealers are Art Deco and Art Nouveau specialist Hickmet Fine Art, furniture-focused WR Harvey Antiques and Plaza Jewellery.