This year’s National Antiques Week will run from 20th-28th April. Here’s our pick of the best events:
Do you think you have what it takes to track down the best finds in vintage? Put your skills to the test on the 23rd and 24th at the Ardingly International Antiques and Collectors Fair vintage treasure hunt! Visitors will be able to collect a treasure map on entry to the fair and follow a fun set of cryptic clues for the chance to win VIP tickets to IACF’s fairs plus some spending money. The hunt will take place at the South of England Showground in West Sussex. Tuesday, 9am-5pm, £20 (allows entry on Wednesday also); Wednesday, 8am-4pm, £5
Sheffield’s new Antiques Quarter will be celebrating National Antiques Week in style. Throughout the week, vintage, retro and antiques shops in the Broadfield Road area will be highlighting their environmentally friendly credentials by rolling out green carpets and waving a green flag. Many will also be offering a 10 per cent discount on purchases. The week will culminate on 28th April with the Quarter’s first ever Spring Market on Clyde Road, from 11am.
Antiques on High in Oxford is on a mission to persuade a younger audience to start collecting antiques. The dealers at the shop have decorated the window with a unique National Antiques Week display to try and attract teens and children. They will be selling collectables for pocket money prices during the week including stamps, postcards, books and coins. Take along your younger family members and see what catches their eye.
If you are crazy for vintage, York is the place you need to be during National Antiques Week. The Festival of Vintage will be celebrating its third birthday and will take place at York Racecourse on 27th and 28th April. With the motto ‘There’s no time like the past’ the festival will showcase a variety of vintage music, dance, fashion, style, crafts, homeware and cinema. Visitors will be able to vote for their favourite stall at the event, too. Tickets £8.