For a true celebration of all things vintage and antique, the yearly Grande Brocante at Glemham Hall in the east of England is an absolute must-see. Glemham Hall is a stunning 16th century Elizabethan stately home set in 300 acres (120 ha) of wonderful parkland, and makes the perfect setting for an antiques fair. And since this estate is open for tours, many visitors kill two birds with one stone by attending the Grande Brocante at Glemham Hall, followed by a visit of the premises (though this must be booked in advance).
The Grande Brocante at Glemham is a new event in the calendar, created due to a yearning for a larger celebration of antiques collections, and it looks all set to grow into one of the best antique and vintage markets in the area. As well as the beautiful house and surroundings, it is close to the coast and larger towns, meaning that a whole weekend can easily be made of a trip here.
There are more than 100 vendors attending every year the Grande Brocante at Glemham, each with a staunch interest in all things old and collectable. On display are pieces of antique artwork, items of jewelery, china ware, glassware, antique mirrors, silver, decorative ornaments, clothing, hats, toys, stamps, antique typewrites, radios, tools and so much more. The dealers are happy to chat over their merchandise, offering plenty of information and of course play at a little bargaining to please the customers!
As well as the antiques and vintage vendors, the Grande Brocante at Glemham also has a great food court with plenty of refreshments for all, featuring producers and delicacies from the local area. There is also often a collection of vintage cars on display, as well as WWII vehicles and memorabilia. With buskers providing musical entertainment, this is all set to be the antiques event of the year in the east of England and should certainly not be missed.