Posted 22nd November 2017
Last month saw the launch of our new Antiques Market at Stoneleigh Park; an indoor event which will take place during the winter months so that trading can run uninterrupted by the force that is the great British weather. The drive-in format, which we have successfully run at Donington Park for many years, makes for an easy set-up for traders and a comfortable buying environment for visitors. If you’ve previously visited Donington then you’ll know the drill; during set-up, traders can only put out tables, cloths and shelving and there is a strictly no stock allowed out rule until the thrilling sound of an air-horn signaling ‘open doors’ sounds on the dot of 7.30am. The horn heralds a vibrant race against the clock as traders put out their stock, the doors open and visitors flood in to feast their eyes on freshly displayed stock.
Our first event was a great success, with just under one-hundred exhibitors offering a broad array of wares; everything from affordable, in-fashion country furniture and decorative antiques to collectable silverware and beautiful costume jewellery, plus plenty of curiosities to whet the appetite of those with an enquiring interest in antiques. Visitors flocked to sample the new event, with many going home having bagged an excellent bargain.
Visitor Claire Hawker made the journey from Rugby with the purpose of finding one-off things to furnish her home. Her visit was a success and she left with a bag full of decorative delights and just the size and style of rug she’d been on the lookout for.
Mother and daughter-in-law team Laura (pictured left) and Lynn (pictured right) Atkinson set up shop at the event to trade outside of their usual market place The Barn at nearby Long Marston; a fantastic centre offering antiques, collectables and furniture. Their mix of decorative antiques, nostalgic objects and warm smiles drew visitor attention and they enjoyed a fruitful day – the pair will be back trading with us at the market next Monday.
First time trader Jo Roberts, trading as Jo's Objects of Desire, also joined us with her collection of eclectic decorative arts which she had lovingly curated - it’s always a joy to see traders taking so much pride in their stand. We very much hope to see Jo at our next event on Monday 27th November.
Antiques markets are a social affair; a great chance for people with a shared interest to swap stories and ideas and help each other source what they are in search of. Due to this being the inaugural antiques market at Stoneleigh Park, there was a lot to chat about!
It was great to see ASFairs regulars Trish and Tammy Allenby of Tristams Vintage supporting our new event – the pair always do a roaring trade at our Lincoln Antiques & Home Show and are particularly appreciated by visiting makers and upcycling enthusiasts, many of whom turn the Hessian sacking into stylish home furnishings. With an astounding fifty-two years in the trade, the company has established itself as the UK’s main sack dealer, with pieces coming in bulk from countries as far flung as Vietnam and Costa Rica.
The next event will provide the perfect opportunity to make a dent in your Christmas gift shopping, find homewares to get your home ready for seasonal entertaining or to source stock for your independent retail outlet. Parking is free and there is a good on-site café serving teas, coffees, snacks and light meals and, best of all, the event is 100% indoor - see you there!
Trade Entry: 7:30am - 9:00am - £5 per person
Public Entry: 9:00am - 1:00pm - £2.50 per person
Accompanied under 16s are admitted free.
Management reserve the right to refuse admission on the door without reason.
Dogs are allowed to enter Stoneleigh Park, but must be kept on a lead at all times.
Stoneleigh Park is located between the M6 and M40 motorways, close to Kenilworth and approximately 6 miles south of Coventry close to the A46. The venue is accessed from the B4113. For Sat Nat use postcode CV8 2LG.
Car & trailer £65
Casuals £10 extra
To book a stall please call our office on 01298 27493