Swallow director Richard Burgoin loves the buzz of salvage

“Seeing the vans arrive and all the wonderful things being unloaded and then built into something beautiful on their stands is a real buzz: we can’t wait.” These are the words of Richard Burgoin, director of Arthur Swallow Fairs, when talking about his ‘summer of salvage’.

Swallow's series of three-day Decorative Home and Salvage Shows held at Ripley Castle near Harrogate, the Cheshire Showground – both of which have run for five years – and Loseley Park, near Guildford, which launched in 2014. Exhibitor numbers are capped at 100 at all three venues. The first of these fairs kicks off in mid-May at Ripley Castle on Friday to Sunday, May 12-14. Burgoin says: “The May Decorative Home and Salvage Show at Ripley is always the best attended. I think ...