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Hall together

Bayfield Hall is a privately owned Georgian house in 120 acres of parkland in the Glaven Valley between the delights of Holt and Blakeney on the north Norfolk coast.

Here on Sunday, June 11, it will be the backdrop to its first antiques fair, the Bayfield Hall Country House Antiques Fair.

Trading for 10 years, Bayfield Hall Antiques is based at the old stables in the hall’s grounds and the fair will feature the 10 dealers housed here as well as another 30 specially selected traders, including Suffolk dealers Matthew Higham Antiques of Earsham and Goodbrey Antiques from Framlingham.

Specialisms include 20th century design, icons and church pieces, kitchenalia, European painted furniture and English country furniture and rugs and kilims.

Oriental carpets and antiques dealer Mal Cannell, who trades as Norfolk Rugs from the village of Raveningham in south Norfolk – from where he runs biannual antique markets – also runs the hall’s centre and is one of the fair organisers.

He said: “There seems to be a renewed interest from people of all ages and backgrounds in beautifully made objects and I’m looking forward to welcoming lots of people to the magical surroundings of Bayfield Hall.”

Ely does it

Set beside the River Ouse in the Cambridgeshire town of Ely, the restored Victorian Ely Maltings – built in 1868 as part of Ebenezer Harlock’s brewery complex – is a fine waterside setting.

It is also an impressive venue for the Real Antiques and Fairs Dealers Association (RAFDA) to launch a new antiques fair on Sunday, June 11.

Decoratives dealer John Durrant, who is the fair’s organiser, said: “RAFDA has run two fairs a year in Norfolk where we are based.

There has not been an antiques fair at the Ely venue for some years but RAFDA has been very keen to hold an event there since the renovation of the lovely riverside Maltings was undertaken by Ely council and which recently reopened.”

From Herefordshire, RAFDA member and NEC dealer Marion David Decorative Arts will be showing some fine pieces including an Archibald Knox-design Tudric pewter clock priced at £2950, and from Cambridgeshire, Laura and James Fuller have an eclectic mix of tribal art and antiques.

For more information contact johndurrantarts@gmail.com.