Fairs and Markets

Antiques fairs and markets offer a great way to browse and buy.

With so many exhibitors or stallholders in one place you can view a lot of different items quickly and compare prices and quality.

Depending on the event, the first day or morning may be for reserved for trade buyers before the general public gain access.

Some antiques markets are held weekly whereas some fairs may be quarterly, biannual, once a year or have some other frequency. Check the Calendar section of this website for details or view the listings every week in the Antiques Trade Gazette newspaper.

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Seven highlights at the first TEFAF Online

27 October 2020

Next week TEFAF launches its new digital marketplace.

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Militaria fairs return to action

26 October 2020

Focus on two events that have been staged successfully and boosted dealer confidence

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De Morgan tile bought for £8 on a stall takes £3800 at auction

26 October 2020

The Tavistock Pannier Market may well see an influx of sleeper-hunters following the canny purchase in June of a piece described as ‘a Cornish tile’.

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Make Sunbury your next stop

26 October 2020

Calling all the many fans of Sunbury Antiques’ markets at Kempton Park Racecourse.

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Amsterdam tribal art fair runs online with 21 dealers

26 October 2020

The rare Ankwe terracotta figure is attributed to ceramicist Azume of Goemai, who died c.1951. Her figures were made for women and important locals, and two other examples – the only others known – currently reside in The British Museum.

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It moss be love: naturalist’s album bought by museum

19 October 2020

At a recent PBFA fair, dealer John Underwood sold a collection of albums of mosses compiled by the naturalist Frederick DuCane Godman (1834-1919) to Horsham Museum & Art Gallery.

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Woodbridge Antiques Centre boosted online

19 October 2020

Natalie Smith opened the 30-cabinet Woodbridge Antiques Centre in 2007 and 13 years later she has been enjoying further success at a challenging time through internet sales.

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Former Red Cross centre empty for years becomes antiques hub in booming Suffolk town

19 October 2020

Teresa Potts and her husband Jamie, a fisherman, have recently received planning permission to turn a former Red Cross training centre in the Suffolk riverside town of Woodbridge into an antiques centre.

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Handle wares the old-school way in Suffolk

19 October 2020

The long-running monthly Long Melford Antiques and Vintage Fair held in the village’s Old School has been organised by Laura Bonner and Pearl Gee since 2014.

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Marquee marks good sales pitch for Herefordshire tent event

12 October 2020

'Antiques in Tents' is latest event to get thinking creatively to ensure they can go ahead

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Dealer looks to global demand for textiles

12 October 2020

Meg Andrews was as disappointed as many others by the cancellation due to the pandemic of the Textile Society’s antique and vintage textiles fair at Chelsea Town Hall earlier this month.

News in Brief – including the postponement of BRAFA Art Fair

12 October 2020

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including the organiser's decision to postpone the BRAFA Art Fair in Brussels due to take place in January.

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Hybrid print fair set to bloom in-person and online

12 October 2020

This 1930 white-line colour woodcut, Amarylis, by US artist Blanche Lazzell (1878-1956) is among the works on offer at the first hybrid fair staged by the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA).

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TEFAF Maastricht 2021 moved to May

08 October 2020

The planned TEFAF Maastricht fair scheduled for next year has moved to May.

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October is the new September

05 October 2020

Despite the latest Covid-19 demands, fair organisers are finding ways to go ahead.

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Instagram boosts Portobello trade

05 October 2020

You might not have been able to get to Portobello Road antiques market on Sunday, September 27, but you could have tried instead a fair on Instagram which ran on the same day from 11am to 1pm.

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IACF Peterborough gets green light for October event

29 September 2020

The Peterborough Festival of Antiques is to go ahead as planned this week.

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Coronavirus: Battersea Decorative fair calls off its winter staging

29 September 2020

The final Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair of the year has been called off due to the recent tightening of government regulations.

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New rules force indoor fairs to close their doors

28 September 2020

More indoor antiques and collectables fairs have been called off as coronavirus cases rise again and restrictions increase.

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Dealer event in Munich gets green light for 11th edition at Bavarian royal palace

28 September 2020

Fair organisers are not to be envied at the moment. Only at the beginning of September were the managers of the 'Highlights Fair' in Munich given the go-ahead for this year’s event (the 11th edition) which is opening its doors to the general public from October 22-25.

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