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 July.
When will antiques fairs be open again?
The British government roadmap out of lockdown explained that from 12th April 2021 non-essential retail would be open to the public, as will ‘most outdoor attractions and settings including outdoor hospitality venues, zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas’. Though many antiques fairs are now going ahead with increased safety and distancing measures, 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–4th Galloway Antiques & Fine Art Fair, George Watson’s College, Edinburgh, EH10 5EG. 10.30am–5pm. £5–£6. gallowayfairs.co.uk
17th–18th The Great Seaside Vintage Fair, Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3EN. 9.30am–4pm. £2. roseandbrownvintage.co.uk
24th Antiques & Salvage Market, Cheshire Showground, Tabley, near Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0HJ. 10am–2pm. £6. asfairs.com
Antiques fairs in Central England
23rd–25th LAPADA at The Game Fair, Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 5NJ. £29 (one day admission). thegamefair.org
24th Antiques & Home Show, Worcester Racecourse, Grand Stand Road, Worcester, WR1 3EJ. 9am–4pm. £3.50. jos-events.co.uk
25th Antiques and Collectors Fair, Himley Hall, Himley, Dudley, DY3 4DF. 9am–4pm. £2. himleyhallandpark.co.uk
25th Malvern Flea & Collectors Market, Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW. 7.30am–3.30pm. £5. b2bevents.info
Antiques fairs in the East of England
12th Antiques & Collectors Fair, Sarratt Village Hall, The Green, Sarratt, Hertfordshire, WD3 6AS. 9.30am–4pm. £1. marcelfairs.co.uk
17th Whitstable Brocante, Whitstable Umbrella Centre, 10 Oxford Street, Whitstable, CT5 1DD. 10am–4pm. Free. 07903 286144
24th–25th Long Melford Antiques and Vintage Fair, The Old School, Long Melford, Suffolk, CO10 9DX. 9.30am–4pm. £1. melfordantiquesfair.co.uk
25th Bungay Antiques Street Fair, Earsham Street, Bungay, Suffolk. 9am–3pm. Free. ablackdogevent.com
Antiques fairs in the South of England
3rd–4th Newbury Antiques & Collectors Market, Newbury Showground, Priors Court Road, Hermitage, Newbury, Berkshire, RG18 9QZ. 8.30am–5pm Saturday, 10am–4pm Sunday. £5 (£10 before 9.30am Saturday). iacf.co.uk
4th Adams Antiques Fair, Lindley Hall, The Royal Horticultural Hall, 80 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2PE. 10am–4.30pm. £4. adamsantiquesfairs.com
4th Wimbledon Homes & Antiques Fair, Prince George’s Playing Fields, Bushey Road, London, SW20 8TE. 10am–3pm. £1. sw19antiques.com
6th Epsom Racecourse Antiques & Collectables Fair, Epsom Racecourse, Epsom Downs, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5LQ. 9am–3pm. £3. continuityfairs.co.uk
9th–11th Decorative Home & Salvage Show, Loseley Park, Guildford, GU3 1HS. 10am–5pm (12pm–5pm Friday). £7.50 (£10 Friday). asfairs.com
13th & 27th Sunbury Antiques Market, Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, TW16 5AQ. 6.30am–2pm. Free. (£5 before 10am, £10 before 8.30am). sunburyantiques.com
15th Pop Up Vintage Fair, Wilton’s Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, London,
E1 8JB. 4.30pm–9.30pm. £3. popupvintagefairs.co.uk
17th–18th Hackney Flea Market, Abney Hall, 73a Church St, Hackney, London, N16 0AS. 11am–6pm. Free. hackneyfleamarket.com
18th Vintage Market at the Mansion, The Mansion, Beckenham Place Park, London, BR3 1SY. 10am–5pm. Free. solastcenturyfair.co.uk
18th Dorking Decorative Vintage Brocante, St Martins Walk, Dorking High Street, Surrey, RH4 1UX. 11am–4pm. Free. dovehousefineantiquesfairs.com
18th Frock Me! Vintage Fashion Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, London, SW3 5EE. 11am–5.30pm. £4. frockmevintagefashion.com
27th–28th Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Market, South of England Showground, Ardingly, Nr Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6TL. 9am–5pm Tuesday, 8am–4pm Wednesday. £20 Tuesday, £5 Wednesday. iacf.co.uk
Antiques fairs in the West of England and Wales
3rd–4th Antiques Fair, National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire, SA32 8HG. 10am–4.30pm. £5. derwenantiques.co.uk
18th The Giant Shepton Flea Market, Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6QN. 9.30am–4pm. £5. sheptonflea.com
25th Bath Vintage & Antiques Market, Green Park Station, Green Park Road, Bath, BA1 1JB. 8am–4pm. Free. vintageandantiques.co.uk
31st–1st August Cheltenham Festival of Antiques, Cheltenham Racecourse, Evesham Road, Cheltenham, GL50 4SH. 10am–5pm. £7. continuityfairs.co.uk
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Antiques fairs taking place online this month:
22nd–23rd Wealden Bazaar Evening Vintage Markets 7pm–10pm @thewealdenbazaar
How to shop: Visit the Wealden Bazaar Instagram account at 7pm and browse the vintage traders who will be announced in lists in several posts the day before the market. Each list includes the trader’s Instagram name, which you can click on to reach their account, plus what they are selling. The organisers also use a hashtag so you can see sellers’ stock in one place – keep an eye out for this too.