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The Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair - 23 - 24 April 2019

 

Antiques News & Fairs - The Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair - 23 - 24th April 2019
 

Views of Ardingly from a helicopter.

Event: Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair
Organiser: IACF LTD
Venue:

South of England Showground, Ardingly, Nr Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6TL

Date: 23-24 April 2019

Enquiries:

Tel: 01636 702 326

 Antiques News & Fairs - The Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair - 23 - 24th April 2019

Ardingly Abergaveny building.

ABOUT THIS FAIR:

Ardingly Antiques & Collectors Fair organised by IACF Ltd has reached a major landmark when the fair will celebrate its half-century from 23-24 April, 2019.

For the original organiser - Caroline Penman - memories of the first ever Ardingly event are a little hazy, but as they say: if you can remember the sixties, you weren’t there!

The fair began as a solely indoor event in 1969, and as Caroline recalls: "The event always coincided with the first hot spell of Spring, around the 3rd week of April."

It wasn’t until 1975 that the first outside pitches, which were based on the US major event  Brimfield,  began to be included.

“Originally, it was £1 a car, and 5 turned up.” Caroline remembers, “Next time 30 turned up, then 90, then 200, and upwards to a planning permission limit of 1000!”

“For the first decade, the hall was divided into about 70% of the stalls with no dateline on the items, and 30% datelined and vetted! The Abergavenny building was later added after there were about 300 outside pitches.

It was so popular because on the night before we had terrier racing up the main gangway, with barbecues outside.” Caroline reminisces: “It was originally free entry for trade from 7am to 9am, then £3 for public. Dealers were actually cutting the perimeter fence to get in before dawn, so I had guards and dogs at one stage!”

 Antiques News & Fairs - The Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair - 23 - 24th April 2019

Ardingly in the Spring

WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT THIS FAIR:
Now run by International Antiques & Collectors Fairs (IACF Ltd), this April’s Ardingly Fair falls directly after the Easter Bank-Holiday weekend on Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 April.

“Let’s hope that Caroline’s prediction of this being ‘the first hot spell of Spring’ is correct!" commented IACF Ltd Communication Manager - Grant Nicholas.

It’s interesting to trace the fair’s evolution from such humble beginnings to now: the largest antiques event in the South of England. Ardingly today is a truly cosmopolitan antiques event, only one hour from London, 12 miles from Gatwick and 90 minutes from Dover, the fair regularly attracts local, national and international dealers and buyers. The South of England Showground holds up to 1,700 stalls, housing 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.

If you haven’t yet been to Ardingly, either as a stallholder or as a buyer - or if it’s been a while since your last visit - maybe the fair’s 50th birthday is the perfect time to acquaint (or re-acquaint) yourself with this exciting event which holds a special splace in the UK antiques trade calendar.

Antiques News & Fairs - The Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair - 23 - 24 April 2019
 

High Summer at Ardingly

 Antiques News & Fairs - The Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair - 23 - 24 April 2019

Decorative Selection at Ardingly

TICKET INFO:

Admission to the fair is £20.00. Accompanied under-16's are admitted free.  To find out more about the Ardingly Antiques and Collectors Fair, go to: IACF Ltd or call 01636 702326

 

 




News & Fairs Previews

The Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair - 23 - 24 April 2019

 

Antiques News & Fairs - The Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair - 23 - 24th April 2019
 

Views of Ardingly from a helicopter.

Event: Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair
Organiser: IACF LTD
Venue:

South of England Showground, Ardingly, Nr Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6TL

Date: 23-24 April 2019

Enquiries:

Tel: 01636 702 326

 Antiques News & Fairs - The Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair - 23 - 24th April 2019

Ardingly Abergaveny building.

ABOUT THIS FAIR:

Ardingly Antiques & Collectors Fair organised by IACF Ltd has reached a major landmark when the fair will celebrate its half-century from 23-24 April, 2019.

For the original organiser - Caroline Penman - memories of the first ever Ardingly event are a little hazy, but as they say: if you can remember the sixties, you weren’t there!

The fair began as a solely indoor event in 1969, and as Caroline recalls: "The event always coincided with the first hot spell of Spring, around the 3rd week of April."

It wasn’t until 1975 that the first outside pitches, which were based on the US major event  Brimfield,  began to be included.

“Originally, it was £1 a car, and 5 turned up.” Caroline remembers, “Next time 30 turned up, then 90, then 200, and upwards to a planning permission limit of 1000!”

“For the first decade, the hall was divided into about 70% of the stalls with no dateline on the items, and 30% datelined and vetted! The Abergavenny building was later added after there were about 300 outside pitches.

It was so popular because on the night before we had terrier racing up the main gangway, with barbecues outside.” Caroline reminisces: “It was originally free entry for trade from 7am to 9am, then £3 for public. Dealers were actually cutting the perimeter fence to get in before dawn, so I had guards and dogs at one stage!”

 Antiques News & Fairs - The Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair - 23 - 24th April 2019

Ardingly in the Spring

WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT THIS FAIR:
Now run by International Antiques & Collectors Fairs (IACF Ltd), this April’s Ardingly Fair falls directly after the Easter Bank-Holiday weekend on Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 April.

“Let’s hope that Caroline’s prediction of this being ‘the first hot spell of Spring’ is correct!" commented IACF Ltd Communication Manager - Grant Nicholas.

It’s interesting to trace the fair’s evolution from such humble beginnings to now: the largest antiques event in the South of England. Ardingly today is a truly cosmopolitan antiques event, only one hour from London, 12 miles from Gatwick and 90 minutes from Dover, the fair regularly attracts local, national and international dealers and buyers. The South of England Showground holds up to 1,700 stalls, housing 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.

If you haven’t yet been to Ardingly, either as a stallholder or as a buyer - or if it’s been a while since your last visit - maybe the fair’s 50th birthday is the perfect time to acquaint (or re-acquaint) yourself with this exciting event which holds a special splace in the UK antiques trade calendar.

Antiques News & Fairs - The Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair - 23 - 24 April 2019
 

High Summer at Ardingly

 Antiques News & Fairs - The Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair - 23 - 24 April 2019

Decorative Selection at Ardingly

TICKET INFO:

Admission to the fair is £20.00. Accompanied under-16's are admitted free.  To find out more about the Ardingly Antiques and Collectors Fair, go to: IACF Ltd or call 01636 702326