THE ARDINGLY INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR
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Ardingly Antiques & Collectors Fair has been established for over 50 years and is the largest antiques event in the South of England.
Ardingly is now a truly cosmopolitan antiques event and attracts local, national and international dealers and buyers. The fair offers thousands of goods - inside and out - from fine antique furniture and delicate ceramics to larger architectural salvage and country house garden items. It also has a reputation as one of the best UK antique fairs in which to find quality European decorative items.
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Art Inspired Day Trips for the Avid Collector
The United Kingdom is rich in history and culture, which makes it the perfect place for avid collectors and art enthusiasts to explore. Art appreciation trips are a great way to become more informed and inspired, so they are an ideal way to spend time if you have a growing interest or a passion for the world of art and antiques. This article will look at 5 amazing art and antiques inspired day trips across the United Kingdom that would be any collector’s dream.
Ardingly, West Sussex
Ardingly Antiques Market is the largest market in the South of England and should be on every collector’s calendar. Ardingly is popular for many reasons, such as its proximity to Gatwick, London and Dover – ideal for international buyers and dealers – and for anyone who’s interested in anything and everything. From intricate ceramics to vintage furniture products, there’s something there for everyone.
And it doesn’t stop there. The market’s fab location means that, if you find what you’re looking for early on, you can still make a day out of it by exploring Ardingly’s beautiful surroundings – more than half the surrounding landscape is protected countryside, so it’s perfect for those wanting an outdoor excursion. Alternatively, take the hour-long train journey to London to see what else lies in store. Read More...
Posted: 4 May 2021
iacf & LoveAntiques supporting the trade during Covid
As one of the biggest fair organisers in the UK, iacf have had to postpone and cancel several events due to Covid-19. Throughout this period their dealers have been at the forefront of their plans. With the first of their three big fairs in three weeks kicking off next week, we hear more about how they've supported their traders to grow their online businesses during the pandemic, and ambitions for life after lockdown.
iacf and the pandemic
International Antiques & Collectors Fairs (iacf) are organisers of the biggest antiques events in the UK, hosting thousands of antiques dealers and business owners at their events, allowing them to showcase their unique and interesting stock to visitors.
Unfortunately, the Covid crisis led to the postponement of many events for iacf, including the largest antiques market in Europe, Newark Antiques Market, as well as the Festival of Antiques, Peterborough. Safety of iacf’s visitors, dealers and members of staff were their top priority - meaning events from March - July 2020 were sadly cancelled.
Newark Antiques Market
iacf took great care in ensuring that antiques dealers were supported during this difficult time, giving special attention to those struggling to adapt to the move towards online sales.
Covid safe events
The most important factor for iacf in response to the pandemic was helping all of our visitors, stallholders and staff feel safe and comfortable whilst attending our markets. Changes to our events, such as introducing contactless card payments upon entry, encouraging strict social distancing methods with signage - as well as working closely with venues on the supply of hand sanitiser stations - all helped make our events safer for all.
Stall sizes were increased to space out each stand and reduce crowding, and when entering buildings visitors were reminded to put on their masks, with stewards giving out fresh face masks to all who required them. Track and trace was mandatory for entry to the markets and we offered visitors the chance to safely check in before the event, helping to save time spent queuing.
Online Support for Dealers
Our antiques dealers were provided with online support throughout the pandemic, helping make up for those important iacf events missed. Guidance on Instagram shopping, website optimisation and how to reach new customers during lockdown was given to many antiques dealers and one-on-one support provided some of them with the opportunity to deliver marketing campaigns through their social media accounts.
Our #iacfDealeroftheDay campaign allowed participating dealers to have the spotlight on them through iacf’s Instagram page, which has 11.9K followers and is growing every day. Dealers’ products were posted with an image, product description and information on how to purchase the item.
iacf also offered our antiques dealers a 2 months free membership to sell their products through LoveAntiques.com, the number one website for buying and selling antiques. Antiques dealers looking to increase their online presence were able to do so, uploading up to 600 items per month and also having the option to easily create their own websites using LoveAntiques’ user friendly templates.
New iacf website launch
iacf are excited to announce the launch of our new website next month, helping increase online interest in our markets, improve the user journey and provide a more exciting online experience for visitors and dealers. Watch this space!
Posted: April 2021
A selection of exhibits at the Ardingly International Antique & Collectors Fair
Posted: 3 March 2021
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Ardingley : Local Area
Ardingly village is located on the eastern edge of West Sussex - an area of beautiful countryside and rich history. The village lies within an area of outstanding natural beauty and has a pretty high street lined with cottages. Old English pubs provide delightful places to stop for a bite to eat - some like The Oak Inn, are even rumoured to have their very own resident ghost!
The South of England Showground, where the Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair is held, is located on the very edge of this charming village.
The West Sussex region is a beautiful area to visit. Its many magnificent country houses, containing original exquisite furniture, porcelain and paintings, make it an ideal place for antiques enthusiasts, or anyone with a penchant for beautiful items.
Over half the region is protected countryside, so there is plenty of opportunity to go for an invigorating walk or two.
Visit the area to take in the striking scenery and breathe in the fresh air. Combine your break with a trip to the Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair for a visit that will be truly rich in history and classic style.
Find out more about West Sussex by visiting: www.westsussex.gov.uk
ANF TOP PICK DEALERS AT THIS FAIR
High summer at Ardingly.
Decorative Selection at Ardingly.
Mangan Antiques - Sourcing unique antiques and designer items, mainly from Italy, for over 20 years. A fine display from Italian majolica, confit pots, pasta dishes and tiles to designer lights.
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