Fairs and Markets

Antiques fairs and markets offer a great way to browse and buy.

With so many exhibitors or stallholders in one place you can view a lot of different items quickly and compare prices and quality.

Depending on the event, the first day or morning may be for reserved for trade buyers before the general public gain access.

Some antiques markets are held weekly whereas some fairs may be quarterly, biannual, once a year or have some other frequency. Check the Calendar section of this website for details or view the listings every week in the Antiques Trade Gazette newspaper.

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Midlands Art Design Antiques Fair (MADA) postponed until spring 2025

20 February 2024

The inaugural Midlands Art Design Antiques Fair (MADA) at Birmingham’s NEC has been postponed again.


Ten years of Faversham street bonanza

19 February 2024

Charles Dickens spent a great many chapters of his life in Kent, and had much to say about the Medway towns including Faversham, where he described “the queer little market square... the lop-sided little town hall with its big-faced clock and supporting pillars forming a little arcade, in which probably the merchants of Faversham do congregate”.

New and old events to look forward to

19 February 2024

Jackie Edwards of ACVR Events has added an 11th event to her portfolio of markets in Surrey, Hampshire and west Berkshire.


Go for vintage not mass market

19 February 2024

Focus on two events at the start of next month that offer an array of options for distinctive decorations


Classic fairs expands after a debut success

12 February 2024

A successful run at NEC Birmingham last year for Classic Antique Fairs has encouraged it to expand this year.


LARTA exhibitors report strong sales and new buyers

12 February 2024

Nestled above The Decorative Fair, the London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair (LARTA) had a successful run with new and returning exhibitors reporting strong sales to trade and private buyers.


God bless American buyers: Battersea decorative fair benefits from Stateside decorators visiting

12 February 2024

A fortuitously timed trip from a large group of top US interior decorators boosted sales at Battersea’s winter Decorative Fair.


Major collecting fest on the cards

12 February 2024

Picture-postcard collecting became a craze in Edwardian times and in the 21st century many of us are delighted collectors of these ‘windows on the world’.


London arms fair finds new venue in Woodford Green

12 February 2024

The organiser of The London Antique Arms Fair had been searching for a new venue in which to hold the event throughout 2023.


Yorkshire Dales antiques entrepreneur discovers another opportunity

12 February 2024

Young businessman who opened antiques centre and salvage yard launches a second venture

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Petition crown sets British silver coin record

05 February 2024

A new auction record for an English silver coin was set during the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC).


Bear fair with a hospital

05 February 2024

Bear in mind 'Hugglets Bear Festival: The World of Teddy Bears' which runs on Sunday February 25 at Kensington Town Hall in London W8.


Fashion fair for the style-savvy

05 February 2024

Among the vintage red-carpet moments at the recent Golden Globes film awards ceremony in Los Angeles, two actresses stood out. Elle Fanning wore a 1960s white silk gown by Pierre Balmain while Carey Mulligan looked to the archives for her exact replica vintage Schiaparelli dress from 1949.


Chair of the Ephemera Society has plans for re-energising the group

05 February 2024

The new chair of the Ephemera Society, Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes, is making plans for the association.


Dealers news in brief including a new home for the Eye of the Collector fair

05 February 2024

Our roundup of dealer news includes a new date a time announced for the 'Eye of the Collector' fair


Buyers slow to commit but sales continue at Mayfair antiques event

05 February 2024

A bronze heron by French sculptor Auguste Cain was among the sales made at 'The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair', the first major London antiques fair of the year.


Two British firms added to TEFAF New York roster

03 February 2024

TEFAF New York returns to the Park Avenue Armory in May with 90 exhibitors including nine newcomers.

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Churchill's personal writing desk sold in New York

01 February 2024

Winston Churchill’s desk which he used to write his Second World War memoirs has been sold by Peter Harrington Rare Books at The Winter Show in New York (January 19-28).

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Interior designers target traditional antiques at Battersea's Decorative Fair

29 January 2024

Traditional antiques are very much still in demand, according to reports from dealers at Battersea’s winter Decorative Fair.


Put your money on a dark horse in Norfolk

29 January 2024

Blackdog Events is confident its new fair at a Norfolk racecourse is in the running to be a success.