Latest News Articles by Joan Porter

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Antiques and vintage village returns within Kent County Show

17 June 2019

The annual three-day Kent County Show is a big favourite in the southeast of England and has been held at the Kent County Showground, near Maidstone since 1964.

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Antiquities provide a new face for Dorking Halls

17 June 2019

Jane Alexander of Dovehouse Fine Antiques Fairs is always pleased to welcome new faces to her antiques fairs at the Dorking Halls in Surrey.

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‘Hidden gem’ Buckingham fleamarket marks 25 years

17 June 2019

A testimony to its popularity, the small weekly fleamarket in Buckingham has been running for more than 25 years.

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East Sussex event back on the farm

17 June 2019

A three-day biannual vintage and collectors’ fair held outdoors on a farm near Hailsham in East Sussex is now in its second year. It runs this weekend from Friday to Sunday, June 21-23.

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The Ashburton trail begins to grow

17 June 2019

Six months ago a small town on the edge of Dartmoor with a population of 4000 launched an antiques trail to promote all 11 of its antiques and vintage shops. Now the Ashburton Antiques Trail includes both the expansion of one of its existing businesses into larger premises and the arrival of a 12th antiques shop.

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Two Cs ready for three busy fairs in summer 2019

10 June 2019

Organisers report that all of their events are fully booked as far ahead as October this year

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Dealer tinkles the ivories at first Sandown fair

10 June 2019

“It seemed that the world and his wife and most of Surrey came out for our inaugural Sunday Sandown fair, the complimentary Pimms flowed and the afternoon jazz set from Sabina Desir and Nick Adams, who trades at both our Tuesday markets and is nifty on the ivories as well, set the tone perfectly.”

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B2B pitch it just right in Malvern

10 June 2019

B2B Events’ Malvern Antiques and Collectors’ Fair at the Three Counties Showground runs tri-annually, with the next on Sunday, June 23 – different timing to the organisers’ Malvern flea markets held nine times a year at the showground.

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Cardiff flea market is becoming a growing favourite

03 June 2019

Cardiff Indoor Flea Market is referenced by furniture restorer and interior designer Jay Blades as one of his favourite places to buy.

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Wales watchers: three antiques business thriving in the principality

03 June 2019

Antiques firms, fleamarket and a fair give even more reasons to visit the in-demand region.

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Towy Events say it's business as usual at Carmarthen despite part of showground sold off

03 June 2019

The south Wales town of Carmarthen also featured in The Sunday Times ‘Best Places’ list and one of its attractions is the popular large monthly antiques and fleamarket held at the United Counties Showground in Carmarthen.

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Ephemera Society fair: Short-lived objects with real long-term demand

27 May 2019

Society fair celebrates ephemeral items in which interest is sustained.

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Three So Last Century fairs – and another to come

27 May 2019

As So Last Century, Alison Davis and Alan Old run vintage fairs at three south London venues: St Dunstan’s College in Catford, the White Eagle Club in Tooting and at Beckenham Place Mansion in Beckenham Place Park.

Antiques centres updates: news from three businesses

27 May 2019

Two relocations and an opening at a trio of English antiques centres.

A great hall in west Somerset for varied events

27 May 2019

The Great Hall in the privately owned 18th century Grade I-listed Crowcombe Court in the Quantock Hills, west Somerset, near Taunton, is an intricately decorated room which makes it an ideal setting for many events.

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Fawley Decorative Fair bookings flourish as dealers sign up amid blooming international interest

20 May 2019

Bookings are significantly up this year for the Fawley Decorative Fair which is held on the Fawley Hill estate near Henley-on-Thames and runs from Friday to Sunday, May 31-June 2.

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Dealers at the centre of annual Norfolk event

20 May 2019

Organised by rugs and kilims dealer Malcolm Cannell for the third year, the annual Bayfield Hall Antiques Fair takes place on Sunday, June 9.

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Beautiful backdrop to Hertfordshire fair

20 May 2019

Sharon Blagrove of Bentleys Fairs will be heading to Hertfordshire this weekend to set up her fifth salvage and vintage fair in the leafy surroundings of Knebworth Park.

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Two brocantes coming up in Rutland and Suffolk

13 May 2019

Dealers Neil Honor and Jonathon Pegg run Catesbys, an interiors shop, from their home in the village of Exton, Rutland.

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Fair organiser Matthew Adams celebrates a special birth

13 May 2019

Thirty years ago organiser Matthew Adams launched his antiques fair held at the Royal Horticultural Halls.