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Newbury’s first Weekend Antiques Fair: 2018

Guest Blog:  Grant Nicholas of IACF Ltd

Newbury's First Weekend Antiques Fair 2018

The weather was terrible: damp, grey and cold. I mean really cold! The very end of April (28th-29th) isn’t supposed to be that cold. The number of stalls booked for the inside of the large cattle shed was greater than it had been at any previous Newbury Antiques event, and a good number had booked as outside stalls in the shopping arcades, but it was just so darn cold! So much so, that expectations for the number of buyers over the weekend where low. It was a welcome surprise then, when the queue started to form before 8am on the Saturday, with an opening time of 8:30am. By the time the gate opened to the trade buyers, the queue stretched around the corner and out of sight, with hundreds of people eager to see what the new weekend version of the Newbury Fair had to offer. There was also a steady flood of public buyers from 9:30am onwards, curiously excited about what lay inside.

They wouldn’t be disappointed, with many of them having to make a number of trips backwards and forwards to the car to take items, before finally bringing their own vehicle onto the showground to collect any larger items they may have wanted to take away.

Antiques News & Fairs - Newbury’s first Weekend Antiques Fair: Sat 28th – Sun 29th April

Newbury Showground

The only inside area to hold stalls on-site is the Cattle Building and the number of stalls within it was at an all-time high. With stalls ranging from large furniture items to delicate glassware, silverware and jewellery to paintings and ceramics, with nearly all of the dealers happy to say that they had had a really successful fair. The Sunday also coincided with the birthday of iacf’s Operations Director Rachel Everett, who was surprised that her desk had been decorated by the security staff overnight and was now sporting pink ribbons and bows with a large sign proclaiming Happy Birthday behind her!

Antiques News & Fairs - Newbury’s first Weekend Antiques Fair: Sat 28th – Sun 29th April

Glassware stall inside the Cattle Building at Newbury Showground

The heavy rain managed to stay away, with only sporadic showers sweeping across the showground, so despite the cold, grey conditions, there was a healthy number of buyers enjoying walking around the marquees and outside stalls. A large coach-group of Japanese visitors cut a colourful dash as they enthusiastically hurried around the stalls. Quite fortuitously, a Japanese film crew happened to be at the event, filming two Japanese celebrities shopping for antiques - in what can only be described as a programme which very much resembles a Japanese version of Bargain Hunt.

So, Newbury Antiques Fair seems to be ‘big in Japan’. Or it soon will be. It will also soon be a major event in the Antique lover’s diary. With another One-Day-Monday event taking place on Monday 14th May and another weekend fair taking place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July. We’re sure that the summer events will be even better attended by stallholders and buyers, now all we need a little bit of more seasonable weather and we’ll all be happy!

Antiques News & Fairs - Newbury’s first Weekend Antiques Fair: Sat 28th – Sun 29th April

Jewellery stall inside the Cattle Building at Newbury Showground



Antiques News Blog

Newbury’s first Weekend Antiques Fair: 2018

Guest Blog:  Grant Nicholas of IACF Ltd

Newbury's First Weekend Antiques Fair 2018

The weather was terrible: damp, grey and cold. I mean really cold! The very end of April (28th-29th) isn’t supposed to be that cold. The number of stalls booked for the inside of the large cattle shed was greater than it had been at any previous Newbury Antiques event, and a good number had booked as outside stalls in the shopping arcades, but it was just so darn cold! So much so, that expectations for the number of buyers over the weekend where low. It was a welcome surprise then, when the queue started to form before 8am on the Saturday, with an opening time of 8:30am. By the time the gate opened to the trade buyers, the queue stretched around the corner and out of sight, with hundreds of people eager to see what the new weekend version of the Newbury Fair had to offer. There was also a steady flood of public buyers from 9:30am onwards, curiously excited about what lay inside.

They wouldn’t be disappointed, with many of them having to make a number of trips backwards and forwards to the car to take items, before finally bringing their own vehicle onto the showground to collect any larger items they may have wanted to take away.

Antiques News & Fairs - Newbury’s first Weekend Antiques Fair: Sat 28th – Sun 29th April

Newbury Showground

The only inside area to hold stalls on-site is the Cattle Building and the number of stalls within it was at an all-time high. With stalls ranging from large furniture items to delicate glassware, silverware and jewellery to paintings and ceramics, with nearly all of the dealers happy to say that they had had a really successful fair. The Sunday also coincided with the birthday of iacf’s Operations Director Rachel Everett, who was surprised that her desk had been decorated by the security staff overnight and was now sporting pink ribbons and bows with a large sign proclaiming Happy Birthday behind her!

Antiques News & Fairs - Newbury’s first Weekend Antiques Fair: Sat 28th – Sun 29th April

Glassware stall inside the Cattle Building at Newbury Showground

The heavy rain managed to stay away, with only sporadic showers sweeping across the showground, so despite the cold, grey conditions, there was a healthy number of buyers enjoying walking around the marquees and outside stalls. A large coach-group of Japanese visitors cut a colourful dash as they enthusiastically hurried around the stalls. Quite fortuitously, a Japanese film crew happened to be at the event, filming two Japanese celebrities shopping for antiques - in what can only be described as a programme which very much resembles a Japanese version of Bargain Hunt.

So, Newbury Antiques Fair seems to be ‘big in Japan’. Or it soon will be. It will also soon be a major event in the Antique lover’s diary. With another One-Day-Monday event taking place on Monday 14th May and another weekend fair taking place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July. We’re sure that the summer events will be even better attended by stallholders and buyers, now all we need a little bit of more seasonable weather and we’ll all be happy!

Antiques News & Fairs - Newbury’s first Weekend Antiques Fair: Sat 28th – Sun 29th April

Jewellery stall inside the Cattle Building at Newbury Showground