It is with great disappointment that we have to announce the cancellation of the Lincolnshire Antiques & Home Show which was due to take place next Monday and Tuesday, the 28th & 29th January 2013.
We have been working to the very best of our ability this week to get the show set up for you but following a site inspection this afternoon because of the adverse weather, we have been strongly advised that the show must not go ahead. With more snow, sleet and rain forecasted for the weekend and into next week, together with freezing temperatures, the ground conditions will become even more hazardous than they currently are. We will not risk the health and well being of our stallholders and also our visitors by expecting them to endure these conditions. We were geared up and ready to go, looking forward to seeing you all again and welcoming any new stallholders but your safety and wellbeing are paramount.
This was a very difficult decision for us to make and has not been made lightly, as Arthur Swallow Fairs take great pride in attempting to put on our shows in all weather conditions. We have taken many factors into consideration, not least of which was your livelihood.
Please be assured that all stall payments will be honoured and carried over to the next show on the 1st & 2nd April 2013. If you wish to carry your payment over to an alternative event date in 2013, please contact us as soon as possible to confirm which show you are next available for.
We are now in the process of contacting all our stallholders and visitors to inform them in good time of this cancellation. Please help us spread the word, in case anyone that you know does not have the internet and/or email.
Many thanks for your understanding and co-operation, we look forward to seeing you all again in April.
The Arthur Swallow Team
Posted on: Wednesday 23rd January 2013
Despite the chill of the November air, Mr and Mrs Park who trade as ‘Jack Sprat’s’, insisted on stalling outside at Monday’s Donington Antiques Market, preferring the additional stock area that an outside space allows. They are certainly no strangers to stalling outside in the great British weather, having come from a family of stallholders and growing up at the varied and vibrant atmosphere of antique events round the UK. Based in Nottingham, they are one of Donington Antiques Market’s regular dealers, who find it an ideal location to travel to and pedal their wares.
Above: Mr and Mrs Park who trade as ‘Jack Sprat’s’
Preferring to be undercover inside the huge Exhibition and Conference Centre, was Stephanie Thomas, a Chesterfield based dealer who’s been trading on and off for nearly 15 years. As well as being a full time beauty therapist by trade and singer in a jazz band in her spare time, Stephanie also makes time in her busy schedule to buy and sell at various shows and markets, saying "it’s nice to be amongst a group of eclectic people." Constantly researching what’s in trend and keeping up with what’s in fashion within the industry, Stephanie acknowledges that the key to success is the quick turnover of stock. One of her latest unusual pieces, recently bought from a trader in Leeds, is the head from a Mardi Gras float (see picture) which was thought to have been imported from the US.
It certainly attracted a lot of attention and got people talking at the final Donington Antiques Market of 2012. Wonder what will turn up there in 2013? Watch this space…
Above: Stephanie Thomas at Donington Antiques Market November 2012
Posted on: Tuesday 27th November 2012
Check out our new Video...! October 2012
Posted on: Tuesday 6th November 2012
Taking time out from manning the busy admission ticket booth at Donington Antiques Market on Monday morning, we managed to speak to a couple of relatively new faces to Arthur Swallow Fairs.
We first spoke to Debbie & Stan Murray who trade in silver plate and pewter and have been doing so since the 1980s. This was only their second time stalling at Donington and, amongst many other eye catching pieces, they had an impressive Reed & Barton coffee set in the King Francis pattern c.1840 (see picture below). If you’re keen to get your hands on this fabulous piece, please contact us and we’ll put you in touch with Debbie & Stan.
Debbie & Stan Murray Stall at Donington Antiques Market.
We also spoke to Cary Davies, a joiner and cabinet maker by trade, who has been collecting various items over the last 5 years including vintage luggage, tins and boxes (see picture Below) and small pieces of furniture. Having now run out of storage space at home, it was finally time to start selling and, lucky for us, Cary chose Donington as the place to do it. The buyers were certainly flocking round his stall so we hope that Cary will join us again at the final Donington Antiques Market of the year on Monday 26th November.
Cary Davies Stall at Donington Antiques Market.
Posted on: Thursday 1st November 2012
October sees our return to the Lincolnshire Showground. We are really looking forward to a bustling antiques fair as usual. If you are an antique lover or just have a passing interest in picking up a bargain for the home, The Arthur Swallows Fairs at the Lincolnshire showground is the perfect place to find what you are looking for.
Our fair is recognised as the largest antiques fair Europe.
The show is held every two months at the 200 acre Lincoln Showground, so there's plenty to see. If you are daunted by the thought of navigating around a large show, don't be. Just think of your favourite vintage stores combined with all those secret off the beaten track furniture shops, now add in the flea markets and bric-a-brac shops and you have the typical Arthur Swallows Fair.
All the major dealers are keen to take part. We have literally thousands of international stalls showing their wares. With such a diverse collection of items on offer, whatever your taste, you are sure to find something to tempt you. We have stalls offering items for interiors, gardens, traditional décor, antiques and renovation.
Not from the Midlands, why not stay over? We are used to clientele from all over the world visiting our antiques fairs and so we have made the effort to help you source good quality accommodation in Lincoln to make your buying trip simpler and more comfortable. Lincolnshire Antiques Show - Local Accomodation
To buy your ticket for the Lincolnshire antiques show, simply click the link below. Buy Lincolnshire Antiques Show Tickets
Posted on:Sunday 30th September 2012
Arthur Swallow Fairs Looking Forward to Cheshire Home, Restoration and Salvage Show in August
Arthur Swallow Fairs runs one of the largest antiques events in Europe. Relocated in 2009 to Lincoln’s fully refurbished County Showground, the two-monthly show regularly accommodates in excess of 2000 exhibitors indoors, outside and under canvas. Popular with both trade and public, it attracts buyers from Europe, North America and the Pacific Rim.
Lincoln always has a strong showing of architectural antiques and decorative items for both inside and outside the home. Interest has never been higher, thanks to BBC’s Cracking Antiques and Channel 4’s Kirstie’s Homemade Home (both shows filmed there).
That is why ASF was delighted to announce two new ventures in 2012, both focusing on the home, restoration and salvage. Each over a weekend. The first was in May at the idyllic Ripley Castle (near Harrogate). The 80 exhibitor event was successful beyond expectation. The second is in August at the well appointed Cheshire County Showground, near Knutsford.
ASF expects around 90 exhibitors at Knutsford, specialising in decorative furnishings, antiques & architectural salvage. The event is aimed at everyone sharing a passion about home restoration through genuine recycling and reclamation - and will provide countless opportunities for people to make real finds for their homes.
In the current climate of true reclamation and recycling these events are not to be missed - especially for those with one eye on style and the other on the environment.
Posted on: Tuesday 12th August 2012
Donington March 5th Report
Great mention of the Home Restoration & Salvage Shows in the May Edition of "Real Homes"
Posted on: Wednesday 27th April 2012
Donington March 5th Report
The move indoors to the Exhibition Centre proved a massive hit at the first Donington Antiques Market on March 5th.
The Exhibition Centre was packed to capacity with an overspill of outside stalls. Over a 1000 early bird buyers flocked to the market for the 7.30am Airhorn blast. The hustle and bustle of exhibitors rapidly unloading stock, and the rummaging from keen buyers created an overwhelming buzz of professional trading, which some commented as being like the “Old Days”!
Donington provides a prefect opportunity for some mid week trading whether you’re stocking up, searching for that perfect gem or looking for all things vintage, it’s a market not to be missed.
And with the next Donington fast approaching on Monday April 23rd, call to reserve your indoor space for the Antiques Market that the weather can’t spoil!
Posted on: Wednesday 28th March 2012
A Brand New Antiques Show... looking for contestants!
ITN Productions are producing a brand new antiques series for Sky Arts. Are you passionate and knowledgeable about Antiques and Collectibles?
We are looking for contestants to take part in an exciting new television contest to find the best amateur antiques brains in the country. Contestants use their knowledge of antiques and collectibles to compete for the chance to win a valuable antique and ultimately to secure the series crown.
We are looking for teams of two outgoing people who have a genuine passion and knowledge of antiques and collectibles. This exciting competition will see you compete to identify valuable and unique items from Victoriana to swinging 60's memorabilia. Partnerships can consist of spouses, friends or colleagues but you must be amateurs.
To apply, go to itn.co.uk/antiques
Or email us for an application form at firstname.lastname@example.org
You must be 18 or over to apply.
Posted on: Wednesday 28th March 2012
Posted on: Tuesday 27th March 2012
"Put Your Money Where You're Mouth Is"
Filming at the November Antiques & Home Show is hit TV series "Put Your Money Where You're Mouth Is". TV experts Eric Knowles, John Cameron, Phil Serrell and Paul Hayes put their knowledge to the test as they hunt for the most profitable Antique, it's antique pistols at dawn!
Posted on: Wednesday 23rd November 2011
Donington Antiques Market moves into the Exhibition Hall for 2012
2012 sees the relocation of the popular Antiques Market at Donington Park from the Tarmac Lake and Launch Pad to the newly refurbished Exhibition Centre and surrounding hard standing. The Arthur Swallow Team is really excited about the move as the new venue allows stallholders to have the same generous pitch sizes but with the added benefits that a building can offer away from the elements of the great British weather. The event will still retain its drive in format with stall allocation on arrival but with a slightly later start to trading of 7.30am, signalled by a blast of the airhorn!
Donington creates an opportunity for buyers to find real treasure!
Bringing together everything from classic antiques, collectables and jewellery to furniture, shabby chic and gorgeous decorative furnishings, Donington Antiques Market is an early morning of brisk trading that wraps up by lunchtime so be sure to arrive early if you want to bag yourself a bargain.
Posted on: Monday 24th October 2011
'Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is'
Filming at the April Antiques & Home Show
The television series is devoted to pitting the knowledge and business acumen of well-known antiques experts against each other in a specific challenge. Keep your eyes peeled for the experts..!
James Braxton David Harper Phil Serrell John Cameron
Posted on: Tuesday 29th March 2011
Pole Position start for the 1st Antiques Market of the year...
The first Donington Antiques Market of 2011 which was held on 22nd March again has proven to be a massive success once again. With the sun shining and well over a hundred stall holders arriving at the crack of dawn! Followed very quickly by two thousand eager buyers, discovering a fabulous array of Antique furniture, Jewellery, textiles, and collectables. We were certainly amazed by the success of the event. And with the new addition of the venues Launch Pad building accommodating room for up to 60 indoor stalls just added to the success of the Market.
The Market that began last year is proving to be a very popular addition to the antique calendar, with its one day format and being held in an unbeatable location so centrally based. The Market has gathered momentum at an astonishing speed demonstrating an obvious winning formula and with bookings being confirmed and many enquiries the next Donington Antiques Market May 3rd looks set to be an event not be missed by anyone.
Posted on: Thursday 24th March 2011
Kirstie's Homemade Home
The show attracts a range of media coverage who wish to use the show as a platform for their popular television programmes and to promote the vibrant and varied nature of the antiques and home furnishings industry.
One new face is Kirstie Allsopp, who has been at the show filming the new series of her popular television programme Kirstie’s Homemade Home which is due to be broadcast in the Autumn. Kirstie said she absolutely loves the show the appreciation coming as Kirstie was brought up with a family deeply involved with antiques and auction houses, she said she is just sorry she can’t make the show every time!!
Posted on: Monday 17th January 2011
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