Track down treasures at these 7 vintage fairs in East Anglia
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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.
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, 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.
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, 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.