A scene from the popular Pop Up Vintage Fairs area at the 2023 Alexandra Palace Antiques & Collectors’ Fair.

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The north London event is provisionally booked for Sunday, June 9, and the deadline to get involved is January 31.

Paul Kelly, who relaunched the fair last year, says: “Many of last year’s exhibitors have responded but not all and we have 25 or so newbies who have made contact but we still urgently need more than 50 stallholders to support the June fair.”

Cost challenge

The one-day fair at Ally Pally costs an eye-popping £50,000-plus to put on and this is even more of a financial challenge when you consider that Kelly is the sole organiser with just a small support team.

Even the giant of fairs organisers, IACF, which ran the fair for nine years from 2014, was conscious of the mega costs involved. Former IACF chairman Keith Harris said at the time of the acquisition 10 years ago that the “Ally Pally rental was not much cheaper than hiring Olympia Ally Pally has been a fixture on the London fairs scene for more than 40 years.

To sign up for the 2024 fair contact Paul Kelly before that January 31 deadline on 020 3039 3039 or email him at