For all vintage home decor lovers now is the time to make the most of the warmer, lighter days by heading to one of the many vintage and antique markets across the UK. Aside from being a great opportunity to bag some vintage buys for your home and garden, they also make wonderful days out, with many being hosted in some of the countries prettiest places.
Top tip: Get there early and be ready to haggle and move quickly!
The South London Vintage Furniture Flea
Voted ‘Best Fair’ by the Vintage Guide to London, expect to dig-out affordable, top-notch items from cushions, crockery, glassware and ornaments to furniture from big names such as Ercol and G-Plan.
When: 17th April, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Where: Territorial Army Centre, 73 Kings Avenue, Clapham, SW4 8DX
Malvern Flea & Collectors Fair
With the striking Malvern Hills as a backdrop, this is a place to be inspired. You’ll find quirky kitchen gadgets, antique silver and glassware and vintage hangings. It has a laid-back vibe that you can soak up over some local jams, jellies and hot chocolate.
When: 7.30am – 3.30pm, 17 April, May 30 – Spring Bank Holiday Monday, June 26
Where: Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcs, WR13 6NW
The Leeds Vintage Furniture Flea
Root-out top quality and affordable homewares from cushions, crockery, glassware and ornaments to furniture from big names such as Ercol and G-Plan.
When: 21st May, 10am – 5pm
Where: The Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds
The Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair
This is Europe’s largest antiques fair with a whopping 2,500 stalls and it attracts dealer and buyers from across the globe. You’ll find everything here from chandeliers and rugs, to paintings and antique furniture.
When: 7th April, 9am – 6pm, 8th April, 8am – 4pm
Where: Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 2NY
Shepton Giant Flea and Collectors Market
This fair has more than 200 stands selling items from toys, books and jewellery to ornaments, furniture and records. It also has a restaurant, burger van and pasty van so you can tuck into a Cornish classic while you track your treasures.
When: 17th July, 9.30am – 4pm
Where: The Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6QN
Lincolnshire Antiques & Home Show
Located near the gorgeous Cathedral city of Lincoln, this market sells fine antiques, vintage treasures, glassware, china and art as well as a selection of bric-a-brac and salvaged goods.
When: 4th & 5th April, 8am – 5pm
Where: Lincolnshire Show Ground, Lincoln LN2 2NA
Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair
Ardingly has 1,700 stalls indoors and outdoors, that are brimming with antique furniture and ceramics. It’s reputed to be the place to go for top-notch European decorative items. Perfect for those vintage home decor treasures.
When: 19th April, 9am – 5pm & 20th April, 8am – 5pm
Where: South of England Showground, Ardingly, Nr Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6TL
Sunbury Antiques Market
This market attracts many continental European dealers so as well as finding vintage gems including furniture, kitchenware, ceramics, garden items and home accessories, expect to stumble upon French farmhouse finds, Belgian chandeliers and rustic European furniture. It also attracts visitors as far afield as the US and Far East.
When: Held every second and last Tuesday of every month from 6.30am with the next one on 12th April & 26th April.
Where: Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Rd E, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 5AQ
The Great Wetherby Racecourse Antiques Fair
ques, including furniture, pictures, ceramics, glass, silver, jewellery, clocks, curios and collectables.
When: 9am – 5pm, 11th June
Where: Wetherby Racecourse, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS22 5EJ
Alexander Palace Antiques & Collectors Fair
Hosted in the iconic ‘Ally Pally’ building, this fair is attracting the younger crowd keen to ‘do-up’ their pads in a vintage home decor style. Find vintage and retro homeware items and mid-century collectibles.
When: 1st May, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Where :Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY