A happy man carrying a chair away from a previous IACF Ardingly antiques fair.

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The first of its antiques and collectors’ markets this year is running at the Newark Showground on Thursday and Friday, April 15-16, with IACF Ardingly a close second on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 20-21, at the south of England Showground. IACF returns to Newark again for Runway Monday on April 26.

“Talk about back with a bang,” Thomas says. “We have been really happy with the numbers of stallholders who have booked with us over the past few weeks for the coming year. There is obviously the pent-up demand we hear so much about.’’

IACF reports that it has sold 10% more online tickets for IACF Ardingly than this time last year with 204 dealers currently booked in.