The Bath Decorative Antiques Fair has been a much-loved tradition in Bath since 1989. It takes place just once a year, so it is one of those events that are very much looked forward to and one that collectors make sure to have in the diary so as not to miss it. The Bath Decorative Antiques Fair has grown over the years, and ownership changed in 2011. The new owners were determined to keep the beloved fair as it had always been, and many of the same dealers return to this event year after year. It is always an enjoyable weekend and is certainly worth a visit.
The town of Bath has its fair share of history, with Roman ruins dotted throughout and information signs around every corner, which makes it a lovely setting for the Bath Decorative Antiques Fair. This antique market continues to be one of the leading antiquing events in the southwest of England, and vendors come from all over the UK and Europe to showcase their wares here. Some of the vendors have been exhibiting here since the first fair in the 80s, so there is plenty of history within the market itself, as well as the surrounding town.
One of the things that draw the crowds into the Bath Decorative Antiques Fair is the quality and variety of goods for sale. 16th-century antiques rub shoulders with vintage items from the 50s to the 90s, and vendors’ collections tend to reflect current trends in the world of collecting. This fair usually showcases fantastic items ranging from Mid Century and industrial design furniture to English Country House style, Swedish period painted furniture, period portraits, perennially fashionable crusty iron garden furniture, pub signs, advertising memorabilia, cushions and quilts, tools and household items, artwork, glassware, chinaware, ornamental items, old movie posters and so much more.
Being a three-day event, there is plenty of time to make sure you have browsed through everything on offer at the Bath Decorative Antiques Fair. Professional traders also get the chance for an advanced preview of the goods on the preceding Thursday.