The weather is always a big element for fairs with outdoor pitches.
Sue Ede said of her Shepton Fleamarket at the Royal Bath and West Showground on Sunday, April 9: “The two Shepton fleas so far have been significantly busier this year over last and with good weather, it should be a bumper Easter Sunday, in excess of 5000 visitors and more than 400 stallholders.”
Ede added: “The appetite for buying and selling seems stronger than ever. It’s very exciting to see business come roaring back this year.”
Grandma’s Attic Antiques Fairs is fielding two antiques and collectors’ fairs on the same day in locations 30 miles apart on Monday, April 10.
Organiser Chris Brown said: “Our fair at Eastleigh already has 200 stalls booked. We launched this on New Year’s Day and had more than 1500 visitors so we’re hoping for another busy one.
“The antique and collectors’ fair at Wimborne has been running for more than 30 years and is one of the most popular small fairs in our calendar.”
The venues are: Places Leisure Centre in the Hampshire town of Eastleigh and the Allendale Centre in Wimborne, Dorset.
Cheltenham Antiques and Vintage Market
The monthly Cheltenham Antiques and Vintage Market spreads out along the tree-lined Promenade and Long Gardens in the centre of the town with the next on Saturday, April 8.
Organiser Jonathan Nixon, who also runs antiques markets in Wembley and Bath, said: “We’re pleased with the market and it’s great to see 50 dealers stalling out there every month. Attracting decorative dealers such as Chapter Two Antiques, Fox & Peel and Antique Gent has added a real twist to the event and we’ve seen great support from trade buyers and local interior designers.”
Churchill will be making an appearance in Petersfield at Sara Hughes’ vintage, antiques and militaria fair this Sunday, April 2, at the Petersfield Hall.
Local author Rupert Wieloch, who writes about the interplay between politics, war and diplomacy, will be signing copies of his latest books: Churchill’s Abandoned Prisoners and Liberating Libya.
Militaria features on two stands at the 20-plus stall fair, offering out-of-print books as well as the Napoleonic Society selling books about the period.
In Worcestershire, Helen Yourston, director of B2B Events, is gearing up for the much-visited fleamarket at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern on Monday, April 10.
“Easter is our first big one of the year and our casual outdoor pitches can number up to 400 if the weather behaves. We are full indoors with 290 exhibitors”, she said.
Henley Décor Fair
Not riverside… is the Henley Showground, the new location at Hambledon, near Henley, for the Henley Décor Fair which runs from April 13-16. In our piece last week (ATG No 2585) on the fair we described the showground as being “by the River Thames.” Sorry about that.