Penman Fairs

Penman Antiques Fairs was founded by Caroline Penman in 1972 and held its first events at the Ardingly Showground. The organisers later started staging events at other venues all over the country.

A variety of fairs came under the Penman Fairs umbrella over the years including the Chelsea Antiques Fair. She reduced her involvement in the majority of her fairs in 2019.


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Caroline Penman puts retirement on hold to run next year's Chelsea Antiques Fair

02 September 2019

Fair organiser Caroline Penman has abandoned her plan for retirement and will take on the running of the next Chelsea Antiques Fair – but at a reduced length.

Caroline Penman: ‘Will anyone save Chelsea?’

17 June 2019

Caroline Penman, organiser of the Chelsea Antiques Fair since 1983, is hoping to find a new owner willing to maintain the venerable event.

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ATG letter: Caroline Penman – ‘Will anyone save Chelsea?’

17 June 2019

MADAM – I am mortified to find myself at the cusp of ending one of London’s oldest and favourite art and antiques fairs, unless someone would like to take it on?

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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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It’s the Penmans’ party time

27 May 2019

On a sunny day in the beautiful surroundings of the Palladian Buxted Park Hotel in East Sussex, fair organiser Caroline and her husband Ricardo Penman celebrated their golden wedding and 75th birthdays.

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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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Famous cricketer graces plate at the Chester Antiques Fair

04 February 2019

A rare blue-printed plate featuring the legendary cricketer WG Grace (1848-1915) is among the highlights at the Chester Antiques Fair.

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Fish servers are a rare find

28 January 2019

A rare pair of 19th century silver fish servers are on offer from Schredds at next month’s Petersfield Antiques Fair.

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Chelsea Art Fair cancelled as future remains “doubtful”

11 January 2019

The Chelsea Art Fair, which was due to return in April, has been cancelled indefinitely.

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Note shows light-hearted Laura Knight

20 August 2018

A cartoon by Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970) offers a rare and light-hearted look at her married life.

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Fair venue with royal approval at Windsor

28 May 2018

A new event from Penman Fairs steps into the gap that represents the calm before the storm of the London summer season.

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Penman Antiques Fairs launches new event at Windsor

15 February 2018

Penman Antiques Fairs is launching a new antiques fair in Windsor, its first new event for two years.

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Fair races into Chester

05 February 2018

The year is well under way for Penman Fairs as it gears up for The Chester Antiques Fair.

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Laugh longest: 18th century satirical print offered at upcoming Chester Antiques Show

28 September 2017

An Oxfordshire antiques dealer will offer a rare and unusual piece of political satire at the upcoming Chester Antiques Show (October 12-15).

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Sit up and pay attention to the Petersfield attractions

21 August 2017

The next Penman Fair takes place in Hampshire at Petersfield’s Festival Hall. Now in its 44th year, the upcoming edition of the Petersfield Antiques Fair features a focus on 20th century design, new dates and several fresh faces.

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Penman goes back to school

17 July 2017

Penman Fairs holds its second annual fair at Burford School in Oxfordshire from July 29-30.

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Penman full of confidence in its Firle Place base

30 May 2017

Like Petworth, Lewes is a place known for its antiques shops. A nearby fair running from June 2-4 provides a chance for visitors to get an extra dose of shopping.

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Early Dandie Dinmont terriers discovered in Chelsea Fair painting

08 March 2017

A painting coming to The Chelsea Antiques, Art & Design Fair is the earliest representation of the Dandie Dinmont, a small breed of Scottish terrier.

Towcester to get a new fair

28 May 2010

A WEEK before she launches her West London Art & Antiques Fair, Caroline Penman has announced another new summer event, The Towcester Antiques Fair which will take place at Towcester Racecourse in Northamptonshire from June 25 to 27.

Penman closes West London fair

30 January 2006

AFTER 31 years Caroline Penman has axed her original London fixture, the West London Antiques Fair, which has been held at Kensington Town Hall every January since 1976.

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