Track down treasures at these 7 vintage fairs in East Anglia

Bungay antiques fair in 2019

Bungay antiques fair in 2019, in Earsham Street. The event is moving to a different venue this year - Credit: Andrew Atterwill/iWitness

Are you a keen collector, or just starting out? Either way, you can find something to treasure at one of the region's vintage fairs.

With the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, vintage fairs are starting to open up again, offering everything from furniture and jewellery to old vinyl records or seaside ornaments.

A bike is one of the unusual items which has featured at a previous Norfolk Antique and Collectors Fair.

A bike is one of the unusual items which has featured at a previous Norfolk Antique and Collectors Fair. The event is returning to the Norfolk Showground - Credit: Aztec Events

Some have had to rearrange several times, but they are looking forward to welcoming back customers over the summer.

Here are details of just a few fairs lined up over the coming weeks, but many others are also being planned. It's important to check websites or social media before travelling in case dates and arrangements change.

Admission fees quoted are for buyers only - traders will need to contact the organisers in advance. 

Norfolk Antique and Collectors Fair is returning to the Norfolk Showground this month

Norfolk Antique and Collectors Fair is returning to the Norfolk Showground this month - Credit: Aztec Events

Norfolk Antique and Collectors Fair, Norfolk Showground, Norwich - next event: Saturday, July 17, 10am-5pm and Sunday, July 18, 9am-4pm

Described by organisers Aztec Events as the largest antique and collectors' fair in East Anglia, this hugely popular event is returning after being postponed from Easter.

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It has a large number of outdoor and indoor stands offering all kinds of antiques, furniture, vintage and retro products. Another fair is planned for November 6-7. 

Entry fee: You can book online at https://www.aztecevents.co.uk/antique-fairs/ with a £4 cost for adults, children free, plus 99p booking fee per order. The price on the gate is £5 for adults.

Long Melford Antiques and Vintage Fair, Old School - next event: July 24-25, 9.30am-4pm

This regular two-day fair is held on the last Saturday and Sunday of the month. It has 30-plus stalls, with a wide range of antique and vintage items.

Long Melford is famous for its antiques and of course featured in the classic antiques-themed detective TV series Lovejoy.

Entry fee: £1, under-16s free. Large free car park on-site. 

The Bungay Antiques fair in 2019

Bungay Antiques Fair in 2019. This year's event is moving to a different venue. - Credit: Andrew Atterwill/iWitness

Bungay Antiques Street Fair, Maltings Meadow, July 25, 9am-5pm 

This popular street market, organised by Blackdog Antiques in Halesworth, has moved to a new venue this year due to Covid-19 restrictions.

It is usually held in Earsham Street,  but will instead be held in Maltings Meadow, which has a lot of space and parking as well as on-site facilities.

Entry fee: £3, under-14s free. No dogs are allowed as the venue is a sports field used by both children and adults.

Mid Suffolk Mondays is a new antique and vintage fair at Stonham Barns Park 

Mid Suffolk Mondays is a new antique and vintage fair at Stonham Barns Park - Credit: Keith Suffling

Mid Suffolk Mondays, Stonham Barns Park, near Stowmarket - next event, July 12, doors open for buyers from 7am

After launching in June, this new event will be held on the second Monday of each month.

Organised by the park's new Aspal Antiques centre, it offers a mix of antiques, collectables, retro and vintage items, including vinyl.

Entry fee: Special offer price of £2 in July, normal price £5. You can pre-book by calling 01449 797175 or pay on the gate.

Hingham Antiques Fair, Hingham Sports Hall - next event: July 25, 9.30am-3.30pm

One of Norfolk's longest-standing and largest antique fairs, this event is normally held on the last Sunday of the month, except August when it's the third Sunday.

Items on sale include silver, furniture, decorative antiques, ceramics, glass, clocks, jewellery, tools, books, postcards and vintage fashion. Homemade refreshments are available.

Entry fee £2.  

Southwold Summer Antiques Fair, St Felix School  - August 27-29, 11am-5pm

There will be more than 40 dealers at this prestigious three-day antiques fair, organised by Lomax Fairs.

Items include antique furniture, ceramics, clocks, jewellery, glass, silver and pictures.  

Entry fee: £4, under-16s free. Ample free parking on site.

Pontins, Pakefield - September 11-12 

The launch of this new fair will coincide with a 60s music weekend at the holiday village near Lowestoft.

More details will be announced nearer the time.

It is being organised by GNB Fairs, who also organise major fairs at Trinity Park and the Copdock Hotel in Ipswich. Return dates for these have not yet been announced.





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