This Friday it’s time for the great two-day Peterborough Festival Of Antiques, Friday 26th & Saturday 27th March 2010.
This antiques event takes place at the East of England Showground at Peterborough. There is generally plenty of parking and facilities tend to be decent. On offer you’ll find a range of items from small collectables, china, glass, ceramics to furniture, pictures and silver. Housed within marquees, buildings, sheds and outside there’s plenty to wander around!
The antique fair opens at 7am on Friday to early Trade when admission is £10. General public is admitted from 10am till 4.30pm on the Friday and from 9am till 4.30pm on Saturday. Admission is £5 during these times.
As with all antique events it’s always wise to check with the organiser before you travel – occasionally events do have to be cancelled. Visit the organiser’s website at www.festivalofantiques.co.uk for full details.
This coming weekend, Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th March 2010, it’s time once again for the giant Wetherby Racecourse Antiques Fair organised by Jaguar Fairs.
This antiques fair opens on Saturday at 8am when entrance is £4 for adults. This is reduced to £3 from 9am on Saturday for the remainder of the weekend. There is ample free parking at the event and the new racecourse buildings where some stallholders are housed are new and very nicely equipped. If it’s nice weather you’ll probably see quite alot of outdoor stallholders as well!
Remember, it’s always wise to check with the organiser that an event is still scheduled to go ahead before you set out for it – especially given our current weather!
Visit the organiser’s website at www.jaguarfairs.com for full details.
This Thursday and Friday, 6th & 7th August 2009, it’s time for one of the largest antiques events in the UK – the Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair.
Organised by DMG Antique Fairs this fair takes place at the Newark and Nottinghamshire Showground which is approximately only 2 hours from London. It’s easy to find with plenty of sign posts and being right next to the A1 you can hardly miss it!
The fair opens on Thursday 6th August 2009 at 9am and admission for adults is £20 – this does allow free entry on Friday as well. On Friday the fair opens at 8am and admission for adults is reduced to £5.
With usually a large turn out of stallholders and buyers there’s is often a good mix of items for sale from all types of furniture, pottery, glass, silver to specialist collectables such as post cards and militaria.
See DMG Fair’s website for further details about this antique fair and the other fairs they organise (Ardginly, Shepton Mallet and Detling).
This coming Sunday, 12th July 2009, it’s the antique & collectables fair at Elsecar Heritage Centre near Barnsley, South Yorkshire, organised by Newcomen Fairs.
This antique fair is located within Building 21 at the Elsecar Heritage Centre which is also home to the Elsecar Antique Centre in Building 18. So, once you’ve finished at the antique fair you can have a wander around the antique centre which opens at 10am, 7 days a week and is home to over 100 dealers offering a wide range of goods.
This antique & collectables fair opens to trade at 9am when entrance is £2 for adults. It opens to the public from 10am when entrance is reduced to £1.50 per adult.
Visit the organiser’s website at www.newcomenfairs.co.uk for full details.
Starting this Friday, 19th June, until Sunday 21st June 2009 is the massive Antiques In The Park event at Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire.
This antiques fair is based within the grounds of the stunning Kedleston Hall and is usually a large event with marquees for indoor stalls and plenty of grassland for the outdoor stalls! You will normally find a wide range of quality items from small items of pottery, glass and collectables to larger pieces of furniture and other interesting items.
There are good facilities on site with ample free parking and food stalls. Entrance is from 8am on Friday 18th June.
This antique fair is operated by Jaguar Fairs who also organise the Derby University Antique Fair and the giant Wetherby Racecourse antique fair. Visit the organiser’s website at www.jaguarfairs.com for full details.
This Thursday 16th April 2009 is the start of the four-day Antiques For Everyone Fair at the NEC near Birmingham, organised by Clarion Events.
This popular antiques event happens three times a year in Spring, Summer and Winter and attracts dealers and visitors worldwide. You will find some of the best items from all over the UK on sale at this Antiques Fair with specialist experts from an organised committee inspecting stalls for quality and authenticity.
Admission is £12 and there is ample free parking on site for visitors to the event which opens at 11am each day.
For further details please see the organisers website, antiquesforeveryone.co.uk.
I went down to the Wetherby Racecourse Antique & Collectors Fair run by Jaguar Fairs yesterday, Saturday 16th August, and I must say I was a little disappointed.
I arrived at about half past seven (trade is from 8am) but everyone was allowed in, entrance fees being £4 until 9am then £3 for the rest of the weekend. To say I was there from the start there were very few people walking round and the quality of the stock seems to have gone downhill with very few pieces catching my eye.
The racecourse has had some new exhibition buildings built and the fair is now housed inside these instead of the marquees it used to be in. The stalls are mainly scattered throughout two buldings with a couple of small side areas, slightly disjointed but easily located with the help of the bright yellow signs put up by the organisers. There are still some outside stalls dotted around the buildings and in the field near the entrance. The toilet facilities however are far better than they used to be!
I was hoping the new buildings would have added a new lease of life to the fair but it doesn’t seem to have worked out that way. As I left it was starting to spot with rain and today’s weather forecast is even worse so how much better the fair got I can only guess!
There is going to be an interesting display of Carlton Ware pottery at the July (24th – 27th July 2008) Antiques For Everyone Antiques Fair at the NEC in Birmingham this year.
The Antiques For Everyone fairs are held three times a year – Spring, Summer and Winter, and offer the visitor vetted and datelined antiques from over 350 exhibitors.
Dr Czes Kosniowski and Yvonne Kosniowski, renowned Carlton Ware experts, will de displaying 500 pieces from their private collection. It’s bound to be truly spectacular and definitely worth visiting.
For full details of the fair and the exhibition, please see antiquesforeveryone.co.uk.