The Lincoln Showground is home to two fantastic vintage and antique fairs. Both of these events are organized by Arthur Swallow Fairs, who are well established and well respected as professionals in the world of antiques and vintage markets in the UK. It is a family-run business, which takes great pride in creating and running events that offer both the trade and public excellent opportunities for both treasure hunting and, of course, selling! One of the events at the Lincoln Showground is The Antiques and Home Show, the other is the Vintage Flea Market.
The Antiques and Home Show held at the Lincoln Showground is a long-standing one-day showground event with shopping arcades, refreshments, and an indoor area hosting dealers from the UK and Europe. Established in 1995, this fair is an unmissable event for collectors, interior designers, independent retail buyers, set designers, prop buyers, landscape architects, restauranteurs, and those passionate about creating a stylish living space. It offers visitors everything from fine antiques, art, pretty vintage, lighting fixtures, architectural salvage, industrial design, jewelry, curios, militaria, glassware, gardenalia, china, to anything curious, unusual, and unique.
The second event that takes place at the Lincoln Showground is the Vintage Flea Market. This is a vibrant indoor Sunday market ideal for seeking out cool one-off pieces for the home as well as interesting collectibles, There are also always pleasant surprises to be found here. The Vintage Flea Market is made successful by a loyal roster of traders and an enthusiastic following of visitors of all ages. These range from serious collectors making investment purchases to children buying pocket money treasures. Such a fantastic mix of keen shoppers creates an atmosphere full of enthusiasm and fun, as the crowds obviously enjoy both searching for the perfect vintage item and bantering with each other and the traders.
Both of the fairs at the Lincoln Showground take place once a month, though not every month throughout the year. Since the location is undercover, there is no need to worry about the weather and even the fairs that take place during the winter months can be easily enjoyed. At each of these fairs, traders get a head-start on the general public and have access to the antique and vintage goods from 7 am, which is a good couple of hours before they are open to the crowds. There is a small entrance fee of £5-£15 for each of the fairs at the Lincoln Showground, but this is more than worth it for a day’s entertainment for the whole family. Children can enter the fairs for free.