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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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.

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Vintage rugs brought from Belgium to Bath fair

13 May 2019

Barry Fletcher specialises in vintage rugs and comes over regularly from Belgium to stand at the 50-dealer monthly Bath Vintage & Antiques Market.

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Antiques market launched to boost local trade in Peterborough city centre

10 May 2019

Traders in the Cowgate area of Peterborough are hoping to revive the struggling thoroughfare with a weekly antiques market.

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Shakespeare’s First Folio goes on display at London book fair

09 May 2019

A rare near-complete copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio is included in a loan display at Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair.

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Chester and Burford antiques fairs under new leadership as Penman Fairs Ltd is dissolved

08 May 2019

Penman Fairs, the limited company behind four annual UK fairs, has been dissolved, leading to leadership changes in several UK antiques events.

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Vast Vaughan work for sale at gallery Osborne Samuel

06 May 2019

Theseus and the Minotaure (1950), the largest oil on canvas ever produced by artist Keith Vaughan (1912-77) outside of publicly commissioned works, is on offer at Osborne Samuel this month.

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Table topper at Battersea decorative fair

06 May 2019

A c.1946 Italian wrought-iron dressing table was among the stand-out sales during the spring Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in Battersea.

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Fresh shoots for antiques dealers’ collective Blanchard in Wiltshire

06 May 2019

Dealers’ collective now to be run by nearby garden antiques firm after owners retire.

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Vintage fair makes it a 10-year fashion statement

06 May 2019

The Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair celebrates its 10th anniversary on Sunday, May 12, at the 50-trader summer fair in the sumptuous Art Deco interior of the Freemasons’ Hall in London.

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Business brews for antiques dealers at Victorian malthouse in Stroud

06 May 2019

A listed Victorian malthouse in Stroud formerly owned by the Whitbread Brewery is home to the Malthouse Collective which also runs fairs.

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Two specialist vintage fair events in the Midlands on the same day in May

06 May 2019

Two upcoming annual specialist fairs both running on Sunday, May 12.

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Buxton fair back ‘where it belongs’

06 May 2019

Roger de Ville brings a rare Liverpool delftware puzzle jug, c.1750, to The Buxton Decorative Antiques & Art Fair priced at £2200. He is among the regular exhibitors at the event, where he has stood for around 20 years.

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Hong Kong antiques fair set for 12th edition

06 May 2019

The 12th edition of the International Antiques Fair takes place in Hong Kong this month at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. It runs from May 24-28, coinciding with the main spring auction series held by Christie’s.

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Clarion Events sells Art & Antiques for Everyone following two-year drive to secure fair’s future

30 April 2019

Clarion Events has sold Birmingham’s Art & Antiques for Everyone (AAFE) fair after more than a decade of ownership.

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Summer Olympia takes to the floor

29 April 2019

The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia will take place on only one floor of the West London exhibition centre for its summer edition, a change from the event’s previous staging across two levels.

Go upmarket at Norwich fleamarket

29 April 2019

Holly Graham holds her monthly Upmarket Fleamarket in Norwich on Saturday, May 4.

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Illustrations discovered in a shed 32 years ago now emerge for sale at Petworth fair

29 April 2019

Artist’s long-hidden commercial illustrations are at long last offered for sale.

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5 Questions: Dr Stewart Abbott

29 April 2019

Dr Stewart Abbott is partner at S&J Abbott Ceramics Plus, which is among the exhibitors at the upcoming Petworth Park Antiques and Fine Art Fair.

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Queen's Brian May turns up the stereos

29 April 2019

Queen star Brian May is also a huge Victorian photo fan.

Extra visitors expected at boat jumble

29 April 2019

One of the largest boat jumbles in the UK is likely to attract increased numbers of boat owners, boat lovers and collectors of nauticalia on Sunday, May 12.

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