What is the biggest Antiques Fair in the UK?

Festival of Antiques at Peterborough is the biggest attendance however Newark is the biggest trade fair, Ardingly is one of the most popular fairs of its kind in West Sussex.

What items will I discover?

With 1000’s of stalls to choose from, the possibilities are endless. You can shop a selection of antiques, including antique glassware, antique ceramics, antique silver including antique silver coffee pots, antique silver condiments and antique silver cutlery.

What’s the nearest Antiques Fair to me?

iacf hosts over 30 events a year in 7 different locations so you’re likely to find a fair to attend near you. We have antiques fairs in Newark, Nottinghamshire, Ardingly, West Sussex, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Shepton Mallet, Bristol, Runway at Newark, Newbury, Berkshire & Ally Pally, London.

How many stalls can I expect?

Each antiques fair has a different amount of stalls, ranging from over 300 inside stalls in Ally Pally, 600 stands in Shepton Mallet and 1,700 housing stalls in Ardingly. You will be sure to find an item of interest from our fantastic antiques dealers.

What covid measures does iacf have at its fairs?

At our venues:
• Socially distanced queuing areas at all entrances 
•Hand Sanitiser Stations available around the sites
•Contactless Card Payments available when purchasing tickets
Pre-order online tickets
•Track & Trace QR codes login
•One-way systems
•Signage around the fairs to help reduce crowding
•Larger stands
•Larger stalls

How you can help:
•Remember to keep a 2m social distance
•Remember to wash/sanitise your hands regularly
•Wear a mask inside buildings
•If you have any symptoms i.e. a continuous cough, high temp, loss of taste and/or smell please stay home and self isolate
•Do not touch items of stock without asking for permission

Where can I buy antique jewellery and vintage jewellery?

If you are looking for high quality antique jewellery, including antique rings, vintage pendents and many more then you can discover hundreds of antique and vintage jewellers at our fairs from our specialised antiques & vintage jewellery dealers. When you walk around the fair and spot an item you like, be sure to take a note of where the dealer’s stand was! To discover an antiques fair near you, visit iacf’s antiques fair calendar.

Where can I buy affordable antique furniture?

There is an incredible range of antique furniture for sale at iacf antiques fairs. We have plenty of antique and vintage furniture stallholders selling high quality furniture items at an affordable price. You can discover antique furniture, including leather Chesterfield sofas, Victorian furniture, Regency furniture, vintage furniture and so much more… perhaps a furniture from every time period!

Is there free parking? 

Yes, there is free parking at all of our fairs. You can bring your vehicle onto site to collect items with a vehicle pass, these are collected from the office on the day.

Why should I buy antique furniture?

There are so many benefits to buying antique furniture, if you are an ethically conscious shopper then iacf antiques fairs are perfect for you. You can discover antique furniture & vintage furniture to match your home interior. Shop antique chairs, antique tables, antique sideboards, antique writing desks, antique console tables, antique dining chairs and so much more. We also have a fantastic vintage furniture range, including vintage bar stools, vintage desks, vintage sofas, vintage dressers, vintage sideboards, vintage chairs, vintage wardrobes, vintage cabinets and so much more. The possibilities are truly endless!

How do I book a pitch at an iacf antiques fair? 

If you are looking to sell your products to new customers then iacf antiques fairs are perfect for you. Our extensive marketing efforts ensure that you are reaching buyers who are looking for your products. To book a pitch at an iacf antiques fair, firstly choose the location and then check the fair dates online.

You can then ring our office, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, on (T)01636 702326 or send a letter to:
IACF
PO Box 100
Newark
Nottinghamshire
NG24 1DJ

Alternatively, email us on enquiries@iacf.co.uk or download a form from the fair page of your interest.

How do I become an antiques dealer?

Those who are looking to get started in antiques dealer, but have no idea where to begin, have come to the right place. Our professional and friendly team can help support your new business venture by reaching new customers, receiving professional support from experts in the industry, ongoing marketing support and the confidence to know that our fairs are the biggest and most successfully ran in the UK.

If you want some insight to becoming an antiques dealer, take a look at our interview with our antique dealer, Jeremy Garner from TwoJaysAntiques, where he told us all about his experience becoming an iacf antiques dealer.

How much does it cost to stand at an iacf antiques fair?

There is a fantastic range of prices for stallholders to choose from, fitting all budgets. For those looking to sell a large amount of items, you can purchase a range of indoor and outdoor pitches, starting from £63 for Runway Monday, £107 for Shepton Mallet and Newbury, £120 for the Festival of Antiques, £130 for Newark, £142 for Alexandra Palace and £166 for Ardingly. These prices vary depending on the size of pitch you would like and location.

Do I need a qualification to be an antiques dealer?

Not at all! All you need is some enthusiasm, passion for your products, the support from iacf and you’re on your way to becoming an antiques dealer. How to become an antiques dealer has never been so easy with the family surrounding iacf, as stated by our incredible antiques dealers, “you never feel alone with the iacf family.”

I’m looking to source items for a new project… what do iacf antiques fairs offer?

iacf welcome a hugely diverse audience, including interior designers, to our antiques fairs. If you are an interior designer or own an interior design shop, then our antiques fairs are perfect for finding unique, ethical and attractive pieces of furniture, decorative items, artwork, ceramics, glassware and so much more including garden furniture and garden statues.
If you contact Eve Oliver, she will happily explain the process of attending our antiques fairs to help source items for your clients. iacf successfully welcome hundreds of interior designers who attend either with clients to source items, to gain new ideas for their projects, to meet our dealers and make contacts, to create content for their websites and social media and of course… to find a unique find for themselves!

Upcoming iacf Antiques Markets

Thu 2

- Fri 3 Dec, 2021

Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground

Tue 18

- Wed 19 Jan, 2022

South of England Showground

Thu 3

- Fri 4 Feb, 2022

Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground

Mon 21

- Mon 21 Feb, 2022

Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground