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From BBC Antiques Roadshow specialist and author Marc Allum comes the second instalment of his annual almanac, revealing the current news, tall tales and tasty titbits from the year in art, antiques and collectables: What do London Bridge and a £40,000 corkscrew have in common? What would a collector pay for the real Batmobile? In all good bookshops. Published 5th November.
The Orchard Home and Gifts is a stockist of rustic furniture, home and garden accessories. Renown for our shabby chic style, which lends itself so well to bedrooms, we have a wide range of items for such a space, many available on a bespoke, made to measure basis. The image shows items from our French Country and Washed Rattan collections. To order or learn more about our ranges visit us at or by phone on 0845 643 0363.
0845 643 0363
Based in Manchester and exporting across the globe, Castrads manufactures the highest calibre of cast iron radiators. Suppliers of heating systems to Claridge's Hotel, Carnegie Hall and Westminster Abbey as well as tens of thousands of properties across the UK. Custom built radiators at off the shelf prices. View the complete range online or at one of four showrooms across the country (London, Manchester, Frome and Rugby).
0161 4399350
A former country residence and the wartime officers’ mess of the 617 ‘Dam Busters’ Squadron, the three-star hotel, boasting delicious food and great service in a 30-acre setting, makes an ideal base for exploring Lincolnshire. Visit the historic city of Lincoln, discover scenic country walks, or test your handicap on the championship courses of Woodhall Spa Golf Club. Midweek special offers available Sunday to Thursday.
01526 352411
Jennifer Barlow will be teaching at Marlborough Summer School in July 2015. This time a combined course of Piecing blocks and borders along with a variety of other techniques inc Appliqué and Quilting both hand and machine, ending in a Sampler Quilt. Jennifer is available to visit groups with her Quilt collection and speak on the subject, and is also available for bespoke quilting classes.
On Thursday, 26 November Grays and the Mews will open their doors from 5pm–8pm for some special after-hours Christmas shopping. Listen to vintage-inspired music and sip a glass of bubbly as you shop for luxury and unique gifts from 200 of London’s finest antique and vintage dealers. Contact Grays and the Mews for your free exclusive invitation. Thursday 26 November. 5pm–8pm. 58 Davies Street and 1-7 Davies Mews, Mayfair, London, W1K 5AB
020 7629 7034
Zahli brings together an eclectic mix, fusing country house style with heritage design influences from around the world. Products are made by small teams of artisans using traditional methods and hand-finished by Zahli using high quality materials. Textiles and accessories are made in-house, using natural and vintage fabrics, many which are hand-printed. Zahli also source and renovate vintage items and can customise products to bespoke specifications.
Offering an extensive selection of beautiful and bespoke roller blinds in a variety of fabrics to suit any application. Click here to view the Corumbra range of blackout roller blinds for light control and privacy and click here for the Aqua range of PVC waterproof fabrics, ideal for the bathroom.
0844 840 4240
Layer is the place online to browse and buy vintage, antique and preloved furniture and objects. A curated collection of beautiful and unique pieces from established traders, each piece has a story of its own.

'Our living spaces are our sanctuary - an escape from frenetic lives, and a whimsical haven for family and social gatherings. By infusing our homes with individual style and personality, we create an aura of days bygone in a timelessly modern way,' says Layer.

As the online destination to find those one-off pieces, Layer makes it easy to mix the old with the new. Whether it is a beautiful authentic armoire, a stunning chandelier or a super sleek mid-century chair, you will find it at Layer.
02032906539 / 07776250416
Located on the edge of the North York Moors, The Black Swan Hotel boasts a history like no other. Comprising of three houses – the black and white Tudor house, the Georgian house, and the Elizabethan house – the hotel has, for centuries, been extended to make it the popular go-to place to refuel, recover and relax you’ll find today. This destination hotel is also perfect for foodies, with its fine dining restaurant and an award-winning Tearoom.
01439 770466
Cathy Wright has worked in textiles for 14 years, focusing on handspun yarn, dyeing and embroidery. She is the owner and founder of Lazykate, a company specialising in educational workshops, consultancy and textile art. Her workshops include beginner, intermediate and advanced spinning, as well as dyeing and creative embroidery. The classes are held in locations in the North West, as well as online.
07985 972100
Make Alfies a destination on your Christmas shopping list with its after-hours shopping event. As well as gifts galore there will also be live music and entertainment, plus festive treats from the Roof Top Kitchen team. With over 75 independent antique and vintage dealers, find four floors brimming with unique and extra-special gifts just waiting to be discovered. Contact Alfies Antique Market for your free exclusive invitation. Thursday 3 December. 5pm–9pm. 13-25 Church Street, London, NW8 8DT
020 7723 6066
Francis & Jellyman use traditional skills in fine bone china manufacturing. A skilled workface spends many hours handcrafting the finest bone china available. It is this that puts them at the pinnacle of fine bone china manufacturing and design. All of its products are entirely manufactured in England and they attract famous names from across the world to experience their high quality. His Royal Highness Prince Charles was presented with a tea service when he opened their showroom at Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent.
01782 899910
Lilac barn is a studio situated in the heart of the Somerset levels. It offers courses in upholstery, still life oil painting, soft furnishings, patchwork, quilting and furniture painting. The classes for beginners and improvers are both fun and informative and a very high standard of work is achieved by all students with the expert tuition on offer. Easy access from M5 Further details on website
01823 698707
Claire Cotterill is a fine art mosaicist with 18 years experience of designing and producing mosaic installations to commission in public and residential environments. She works closely with a range of clients to achieve their vision and each bespoke commission is a unique work of art. Following design consultation, tiles of the highest quality are cut and placed by hand to produce beautiful and durable mosaic which will enhance any interior or exterior environment in which its installed. Bespoke mosaics add a unique touch to kitchens, bathrooms, floors and gardens, there are limitless applications ! Commission as a gift for that special occasion or even take part in a course at her studio at The Custard Factory, Birmingham, learn new skills and create your own !

Using the indirect, Italian method of mosaic construction, Claire designs and produces mosaic in her studio. Mosaic is then installed in situ, affording the minimum disruption during installation. Claire has considerable experience of working with architects, engineers, landscape architects, planners and other designers and has an excellent track record of delivering commissions on budget and within given timescales.
Are you after a festive shopping experience in a beautiful and friendly historic city, well then Salisbury is the place for you! We have over 70 chalets selling an array of gifts for every member of your family and delicious goodies to keep you warm while you shop the day away, so take time out and visit Salisbury this Christmas.
01722 426582
Located just south of Newbury in Berkshire and close to Highclere Castle (the home of Downton Abbey) this ultimate country hotel is ideal for exploring the local thatched villages, gardens and the ancient cities of Salisbury and Winchester. The hotel’s restaurant is famous for its tasting menus. Overnight breaks with seven course tasting dinner and afternoon tea are available from £159 per room.
01264 736444
The Cake Nest is a family-run bakery that hand-makes all its own original, delicious treats and delivers them directly to your loved ones. A weekly or monthly Cake Slice Club gift is perfect for someone special, with indulgent cake slices baked to fit perfectly through their letterbox. Enter the code HANDA10 at the checkout to receive a 10% discount.
01663 742727
The Furniture Rooms is a high quality, dedicated website that has been dealing in Antique, Art Deco, and Mid-century Modern furniture for over 40 years. Our goal is to outfit every room of your house with our unique styles in order to make your home as eye-catching and captivating as we can. Our business involves buying furniture from reliable sources and restoring it to perfect condition, so it is ready to find its new home.
The Euro Gladstone bag is a perfect travel companion: hard wearing, soft and spacious, and within the hand luggage allowance for most airlines. This design oozes opulence and taste without being overbearing. It would look at home in a luxurious hotel suite in the city or in a B&B in the countryside. This is not purely an overnight bag though, some of us just have lots to carry every day which makes the shoulder strap a very welcome addition.

View the range of Gladstone bags at
+44 (0)1379 687690
We specialize in original antique painted furniture, antique folk art, country furniture and a wide range of decorative items from all eras and styles.

We also find inspiration in the unusual and have a collection of architectural antiques and industrial salvages, alongside recycled and repurposed pieces. We travel throughout Eastern and Western Europe to discover hidden treasures for the home and garden. On our website you can see a selection of our stock. Some of the items may have already been sold. However, similar items can be sourced. Should there be anything in particular that you are looking for then please contact us and we will do our best to help.
Robert Mills Ltd is one of the oldest and largest suppliers of architectural & decorative antiques and reclamation in the UK. Over 1000 fully catalogued items, ranging from unusual furniture and lighting to grand entryways and large panelled rooms, can be viewed online or in their 30,000 square feet warehouse in central Bristol.
0117 955 6542
Stitching is a fulfilling and creative hobby and Beth Russell has designed over 90 high quality needlepoint kits ranging from rugs to miniatures. Inspired by William Morris, the Arts and Crafts Movement and her own exquisite collection of Victorian line drawings, there are designs for all levels of needlepoint skill from beginners to experienced stitchers. All the kits are printed in colour on high quality Zweigart canvas and supplied with gold-eyed needles and traditional Appleton wools. Beth has just launched her updated website to show the full range online. With easy navigation, fabulous new images and a secure shopping basket, it is sure to inspire! A catalogue is also available.
Wendy Shorter Interiors is a multi-award-winning training centre recognised by Ofsted and offering qualifications accredited by the Association of Master Upholsterers & Soft Furnishers. Based in Hertfordshire, it offers a range of courses, from one and two-day beginner courses in curtain making, roman blinds, cushions and chair caning, to weekly upholstery classes and professional diploma qualification courses in upholstery and soft furnishings. The company prides itself on the quality of work that its students achieve, with a consistently high level of credit and distinctions. Students also enjoy the added value of its enrichment programme, where they have the opportunity to participate in various industry-based visits and competitions
01727 824358
We specialise in authentic, English vintage china dating from the Victorian era to the 1960’s. The collection includes china of the highest quality in beautiful and unusual designs. Our tea sets are carefully chosen, beautifully packaged and make the perfect gift. We are proud to supply Fortnum & Mason, London. Use code “HA15” for a 10% discount on the website.
07922 100132
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