What could be nicer than sunshine, warm weather and stall after stall of covetable antiques? From antique Staffordshire dog figurines and collectable jelly moulds, to vintage chairs and French fabrics, there are myriad treasures to be found at your local antiques fair or flea market. And, as lockdown restrictions ease in Britain, we’ve rounded up some of the best antiques fairs and flea markets taking place around the UK (and online) this June.
When will antiques fairs be open again?
The British government roadmap out of lockdown explains that from 12th April 2021 non-essential retail will be open to the public, as will ‘most outdoor attractions and settings including outdoor hospitality venues, zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas’. We anticipate that some antiques fairs and flea markets will go ahead as planned after 12th April 2021 (with increased safety and distancing measures), while others may delay opening until later on in the year. However, it is important to contact fair organisers or keep an eye on websites and social media for updates regarding these events as they could be cancelled or postponed at any time.
If your local antiques fair isn’t taking place this month, there are still plenty of other great antiques fair organisers to have on your radar for later on in the year. Plus an array of brilliant places to buy antiques online, on Instagram or at a local auction.
Antiques fairs and flea markets taking place this month:
Check ahead – please contact fair organisers or keep an eye on websites and social media for updates regarding these events as they could be cancelled or postponed at any time.
Antiques fairs in the North of England and Scotland
2nd Antiques & Home Show, Lincoln Showground, LN2 2NA. 10am–4pm. £5. asfairs.com
11th–13th The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair, The Pavilions of Harrogate, Railway Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 8NZ. 11am–5pm. £5. cooperevents.com
26th Antiques & Salvage Market, Cheshire Showground, Tabley, near Knutsford, WA16 0HJ. 10am–2pm. £6. asfairs.com
Antiques fairs in Central England
3rd–4th Newark International Antiques & Collectors Market, Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 2NY. 9am–6pm Thursday, 8am–4pm Friday. £20 Thursday, £5 Friday. iacf.co.uk
13th–14th Oswestry Antique & Collectors Fair, West Mid Showground, Shrewsbury, SY1 2PF. 8.30am–3.30pm Sat, 9am–3pm Sun. £3.50. josevents.co.uk
26th Rutland Antiques & Vintage Decorative Show, Rutland Showground, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6US. 9am–4pm. £2.50. guildhallantiquefairs.co.uk
26th–27th The Bingley Hall Antique Home & Vintage Fair, Stafford Showground, Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0BD. 8.30am–5pm Sat, 10am–5pm Sun. £5 (£10 before 10am Sat). continuityfairs.co.uk
27th Malvern Flea & Collectors Market, Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW. 7.30am–3.30pm. £5 .b2bevents.info
28th Runway Monday at Newark Antiques and Collectors Market, adjacent to the Newark Air Museum and The Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Runway Newark, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 2NY. 8am–5pm. £5 (£10 before 10am). iacf.co.uk
Antiques fairs in the East of England
6th Newmarket Antiques & Collectors Fair, Rowley Mile Racecourse, Cambridge Road, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 0TF. 9.30am–4pm. £4. newmarketantiquesfair.co.uk
13th Antiques & Collectors Fair, Sarratt Village Hall, The Green, Sarratt, Herts, WD3 6AS. 9.30am–4pm. £1. marcelfairs.co.uk
13th Antique & Vintage Outdoor Market at The Museum of Power, Museum of Power, Langford, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6QA. 10am–4pm. £3. haddonevents.co.uk
13th The Grand Brocante Antiques & Vintage Fair, Riddlesworth Hall, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 2TA. 9am–3pm. £3. ablackdogevent.com
18th–20th The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair, The Marquee, Petworth House and Park, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0QY. Opening times vary. £5. petworthparkfair.com
26th–27th Long Melford Antiques and Vintage Fair, The Old School, Long Melford, Suffolk, CO10 9DX. 9.30am–4pm. £1. melfordantiquesfair.co.uk
Antiques fairs in the South of England
5th Wanstead Vintage Fair, Wanstead United Reformed Church, Nightingale Lane, Wanstead, London, E11 2HD. 9.30am–4.30pm. £2.50 (£4 before 10.30am). wansteadvintage.com
6th Lingfield Antiques, Collectables and Vintage Fair, Lingfield Park Racecourse, Racecourse Road, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6PQ. 9.30am–3.30pm. £3.50 (£5 before 10.30am). lovefairs.com
8th & 29th Sunbury Antiques Market, Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, TW16 5AQ. 6.30am–2pm. Free (£10 before 8am, £5 before 10am). sunburyantiques.com
11th–13th The Decorative Home & Salvage Show, Beale Park, Reading, RG8 9NW. 10am–5pm (12pm–5pm Friday). £7.50 (£10 Friday). asfairs.com
13th Wimbledon Homes & Antiques Fair, Prince George’s Playing Fields, London, SW20 8TE. 10am–3pm. £1. sw19antiques.com
13th Vintage Market at the Mansion, The Mansion, Beckenham Place Park, London, BR3 1SY. 10am–5pm. Free. solastcenturyfair.co.uk
15th Epsom Racecourse Antiques & Collectables Fair, Epsom Racecourse, Epsom Downs, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5LQ. 9am–3pm. £3. continuityfairs.co.uk
19th Whitstable Brocante, Whitstable Umbrella Centre, 10 Oxford Street, Whitstable, CT5 1DD. 10am–4pm. Free. 07903 286144
19th–20th Detling International Antiques & Collectors Fair, The Kent County Showground, Detling,
nr Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3JF. 8.30am-4.30pm Saturday, 10am-3.30pm Sunday. £5 Saturday (£6 before 10.30am), £4 Sunday. b2bevents.info
19th–20th So Last Century Vintage Market + Green Rooms Market, Manor Place Depot, London, SE17 3BD. 11am–5pm. £3. solastcenturyfair.co.uk
20th Dorking Decorative Vintage Brocante, St Martins Walk High Street, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1UX. 11am–4pm. Free. dovehousefineantiquesfairs.com
22nd–23rd Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Market, South of England Showground, Ardingly, Nr Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6TL. 9am–5pm Tuesday, 8am–4pm Wed. £20 Tues, £5 Wed. iacf.co.uk
25th–26th The Country Brocante Summer Fair, The Meadows, Loxwood, West Sussex, RH14 0AL. 9am–4pm Friday, 10am–4pm Saturday. £8.50 (£20 before 10am Friday). thecountrybrocante.co.uk
26th–27th Hackney Flea Market, Abney Hall, 73a Church Street, Hackney, London, N16 0AS. 11am–6pm. Free. hackneyfleamarket.com
27th Dorking Halls Antiques Fair, Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1SG. 9.30am–4pm.
Antiques fairs in the West of England and Wales
5th–6th The International Westpoint Antique Home and Vintage Fair, Devon County Showground, Westpoint, Exeter, EX5 1DJ. 8.30am–5pm Saturday, 10am–5pm Sunday. £5 (£10 before 10am Saturday). continuityfairs.co.uk
20th Carmarthen Antiques & Flea Market, United Counties Showground, Carmarthen, SA33 5DR. From 10am. £4.50. towyevents.co.uk
27th Bath Vintage & Antiques Market, Green Park Station, Green Park Road, Bath, BA1 1JB. 8am–4pm. Free. vintageandantiques.co.uk
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Antiques fairs taking place online this month:
How to shop: The organisers of The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair bring us several online pop-up shopping events this spring. A special Pop-Up Sales page will appear on the fair’s website for these days only, with items for sale being shared at the same time via the fair’s Instagram feed. The theme for the June sale is Inside/Outside so watch out for all things garden-related, including furniture and objects made of rattan, bamboo and wicker.
How to shop: When the event opens at 10am on Instagram, the dealers will be introduced one post at a time. All shoppers need to do is click through to the dealer and browse their stock. Message the dealer to buy something and to arrange postage and payment. You can also access all the participating dealers on the website during the fair.
How to shop: Browse each dealer on the Vintage Home Show Instagram feed and stories. If you spy a dealer you like, hop over to their Instagram page to take a look at their virtual stalls (on their Instagram feeds and stories). You’ll be able to chat to dealers directly to enquire about items and to make purchases too.