History is one of the heartbeats of humanity. To be able to hold history in your hands is a unique and powerful feeling, and antiques are perhaps the easiest way to achieve that. A vintage piece can tie a room together like a neat and tidy bow, or it can affect the atmosphere on a much more personal and intimate level. You can dig through stacks of books and wander shelves of items looking for that one perfect piece. Luckily, there are plenty of fairs that cater to the avid antique hunter through out the East of England.
The Stable Yard, Hatfield House, Herts, AL9 5HX
Within the fantastic grounds of the Hatfield House in Herts is The Stable Yard that hosts a regular antique fair. With a huge range of antiques and collectables, this open air market welcomes seekers back time and time again with plenty of new discoveries to be had. With a multitude of unique furniture, decor, and accessories to be found, the Stables Antique and Collectables Market is a fun and fascinating spot to just admire and explore.
Old London Road, Copdock, Ipswich, Suffolk IP8 3JF
This haven for antiquities is actually a retail outlet made up of many independent antiques dealers and restorers. Nestled between Ipswich and Colchester, this centre is a one stop shop for a variety of intriguing period and vintage items. The eclectic mix of antiques and architectural salvage is sure to hide many surprises for the avid hunter. A regularly scheduled brocante at the location offers the opportunity to explore a unique variety of stalls adding to the already interesting mix of items at the Suffolk Heritage Antiques and Reclaim Centre.
The Sports Hall, Springfield Way, Hingham, NR9 4BH
With a reputation that spans over eighteen years, this is one of Norfolk’s longest running and largest fairs. Drawing crowds from far and wide, hunters can find a wide variety of furniture, fashion, decorations, and knickknacks on the last Sunday of every month. The Hingham Antiques Fair is an easy hit with antiques dealers that are looking for new stock, which means the cunning buyer will be able to find items before they make their way into a more perused store setting.
The East of England Showground, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE2 6XE
This festival is on of the largest antiques fairs in the country. World renowned for a fantastic collection of everything from fine art to ceramics, jewellery to collectable stamps, and furniture to quirky vintage toys, this huge event is spread across five indoor areas in four buildings and acres of marquees and trade pitches – and yet the event continues to grow. This fair is noted as a must see for collectors and antique lovers from all around the world.
With a hand picked selection from leading vintage traders, local artisans, makers and craftspeople in the region, the Snape Malting Vintage & Makers Market has something for everyone. Not only does this market feature one of a kind vintage pieces such as furniture, home wares, and fashion, but you can also find a variety of locally made products like art, fabrics, and jewellery. Either way, a trip to this market is sure to leave you walking away with a unique find that you’d be hard pressed to come close to anywhere else.
The Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9NN
This fair has been established for over twenty years which means it’s practically a vintage piece in itself. With a variety of stalls both inside and outdoors, this fair continues to do what it does best and holds true to form as one of the more established antiques fairs in the region. Dealers from across the United Kingdom offer an affordable array of items to curious shoppers that stop by.
Beccles Town Centre, NR34 9HA
Growing every year in popularity, the Beccles Antiques Street Market takes over the town centre with a variety of stalls offering a wide variety of quality antiques and collectables. Buyers can search through everything from china to clocks, silver to books, and furniture to jewellery while enjoying a splash of local flavor. Local restaurants and cafes are buzzing with the atmosphere of the fair and ‘street food’ is incorporated among the many stalls of the street market.
Friends Meeting House, High Street, Saffron Walden & Scotsdale Garden Centre, 120 Cambridge Road, Great Shelford, CB22 5JT
Located at two locations along the border of Essex and Cambs, the fair is a delightful way to spend the afternoon. After searching through vintage fashion and jewellery, fantastic antiques, and delightful crafts, shoppers can unwind with tea and cake without having to leave the fair! It provides the perfect opportunity to explore for spontaneous finds and gives buyers a moment to seriously ponder more thought out purchases while keeping them in the building.
This weekly market will easily provide shoppers with a wide range of arts and crafts and vintage and retro items. With a dedicated Street Food Aisle offering a varied selection of international flavours and delicacy, the Ely Craft and Collectables Market keeps visitors entertained whether they’re leisurely exploring the fair or hunting for the perfect find.
Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade, SG18 8JH
Escape the high street and wander through over 45 stalls at the Biggleswade Antique & Vintage Fair. Offering a wide range of antiques, shoppers can find everything from silver to books, china to small furniture, and other vintage items. Filled with unique one off items, you will be sure to find something that catches your eye at this particular antiques fair.
St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich
Lou Lou’s is an easy favourite on the vintage scene, and it’s clear as to why! Plenty of stalls offer everything from fashions to home wares and accessories to collectables. A local hair salon even offers you the opportunity to explore a vintage hairstyle before stopping in at Biddy’s Tea Room for tea and cake! The entry fee is £2.50 but people under twelve get in for free. Lou Lou’s makes for a fun day out with the entire family.
The Museum of Power, Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6QA
A unique location for an antiques fair, the museum is cleared of many exhibits in order to make room for the stallholders – and yet, the fair still manages to expand out into the courtyard. The fair features a variety of antique and vintage knickknacks and bric-a-brac. For just £3 and free entry for kids, you can explores everything from household items to fashions and take advantage of the art trail, model village, a genuine vintage tea room, and much more. This particular fair has a little bit of everything and is easily worth multiple visits.
The Old School, Hall Street, Long Melford, Suffolk, CO10 9DX
With over fifty stalls to explore, the Long Melford Antiques and Vintage Fair offers everything from antique furniture to jewelry and clothing to vinyl records. For the low price of £1 with people under sixteen getting in free, you can wander the fair for hours and have a fantastic day out with the family! The best part is the fair is dog friendly, so your four legged family members are also welcome to explore everything the fair has to offer.