Newark and its surrounds have so much to offer lovers of antiques, collectables, vintage and preloved items. From large scale bustling events, to specialist outlets, all year round there is an opportunity to find something unusual, unique and utterly fabulous!
Europe’s largest antiques fair at Newark Showground
Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair is Europe’s largest antiques fair, with up to 2,500 exhibitors descending on the 84-acre site to sell their wares. The fair’s reputation attracts dealers, collectors and enthusiasts from around the world, but you don’t have to be an antiques expert to enjoy the event.
This is the perfect treasure hunting ground for anyone with a love of the preloved – from furniture to silver, glassware to garden goods, clothing to toys, and more. Grant Nicholas, communications manager for the organiser, International Antiques and Collectors Fairs Ltd (IACF), says: “Whatever you seek you’ll find it – or an alternative! – at the Newark fair.
“Items both big and small – for you, your home, your garden – an extensive choice of antique, vintage and retro. With goods to suit all pockets and tastes, there’s no reason for anyone to leave empty handed. We’re not called Europe’s largest for no reason!”
The Newark International Antiques and Collectors Fair takes place at the Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground throughout the year, with the next event on Thursday 5 & Friday 6 April. For more information visit www.iacf.co.uk.
The BIG Antiques Weekend at Southwell Racecourse
Field Dog Fairs holds its BIG Antiques Weekend events at Southwell Racecourse. Now in its fifth year, the event is held in May, July and August, with a special festive finale in November. The large indoor grandstand is full of antiques, collectables and vintage items, as is the outdoor antiques market. There is a valuation service on hand for visitors wishing to value or sell their own items. Find out more at www.fielddogfairs.com.
Antiques & vintage shops
If you head into Newark town, there is plenty more antique eye candy for enthusiasts. There is Newark Antiques Centre, which has been selling antiques and collectables for over 25 years. Located in what was once a congregational church, its large building is divided into sections and cabinets for dealers to sell their wares and you can find anything from artwork to books, vintage clothing, jewellery and furniture – images are available on the centre’s Instagram page. There is also a café on-site for refuelling mid browse!
Heading out of town towards Kelham, you can’t miss Newark Antiques & Interiors – just follow the brown tourist sign. Heralded as Newark’s largest antiques centre, it is jam packed with a huge array of goodies from a range of dealers that have their own spaces and cabinets. It is worth checking out the shop’s Instagram page to see some of the unusual items that come up for sale.
If vintage clothes are your love, then head back in to town to Vintage Vixen. It started life on a market stall in the town centre and since the end of 2016 has been at its wonderful store at Boar Lane in Newark. As well as vintage clothes from the 60s, 70s and 80s, the store features accessories, costume jewellery and retro homeware. Again, it is worth looking at the shop’s Instagram page to see (and buy) new stock as it becomes available.
If you are at Vintage Vixen’s store, a 3- to 4-minute walk will take you to Newark Marketplace. On Mondays and Thursdays there is a collectors/antiques market in this historic square (it does not take place on bank holiday Mondays) and there are lots of lovely places to eat and grab a drink nearby.
If you visiting Sherwood Forest, you are not far from the family-run Budby Antiques and Vintage Emporium. Situated in a listed barn, it has around 5,500 sq ft of antiques, jewellery, paintings, curios, and vintage, retro and upcycled furniture from a range of independent antiques dealers. The ‘Crew Yard’ is an area dedicated to reclaimed and architectural salvage items for the garden, which is overlooked by the café and bistro.
In Edwinstowe, the town where the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre is located, you will find The Calvie Gallery that specialises in Art Deco. The gallery sells original Art Deco dining suites, side tables, bedside cabinets, desks and various pieces of small furniture, as well as contemporary art works and abstract sculptures. You can see some of the items online at www.thecalviegallery.com.
As well as being the venue for the BIG Antiques Weekend, the picturesque and historic town of Southwell is also home to Memory Lane Antiques. Established in 2008 by Terry and Julia Brown, the shop is full of interesting artefacts, with antiques and collectables from the 17th century to the present day. You can view current stock online at www.memoryantiques.co.uk.
With so much on offer, it is well worth booking a break to coincide with one of the big antiques fairs – you will find some great accommodation options on our website.
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