The Lincoln Showground plays host to two prestigious vintage and antique fairs, both masterfully orchestrated by Arthur Swallow Fairs. Known throughout the UK as connoisseurs of the antique and vintage realm, this family-owned business excels at curating events that draw both dealers and the general public into a world of discovery and commerce. Of the duo, The Antiques and Home Show stands alongside the Vintage Flea Market as Lincoln Showground's signature offerings.
Since its inception in 1995, The Antiques and Home Show has become a must-attend event for collectors, interior designers, set designers, restaurateurs and anyone with an appreciation for aesthetic beauty. Spanning a diverse range of artifacts, this showground spectacle unfolds a tapestry of fine antiques, art, vintage delights, lighting fixtures, architectural salvage, industrial design, jewelry, curios, militaria, glassware to anything curious, unusual, and unique. Whether it's the allure of industrial design or the charm of gardenalia and china, this event ensures that every visitor will find something to their personal taste.
Meanwhile, the Sunday Vintage Flea Market promises a potpourri of eclectic finds, from whimsical home decor to remarkable collectibles. This marketplace thrives on its dedicated vendors and an ever-enthusiastic crowd that includes everyone from seasoned collectors to youngsters looking for pocket-friendly treasures. The vibrancy of this market is palpable, with enthusiastic interactions between shoppers and dealers adding a lively touch to the shopping experience.
While both markets grace the Lincoln Showground monthly, they don't run year-round. However, the indoor venue means that visitors do not have to worry about unpredictable weather. Even the winter months see a steady flow of eager visitors, comfortably sheltered under the Showground's protective cover. Dealers enjoy an exclusive preview, gaining entry at 7 a.m. - a solid advantage before the general public arrives.
Admission to these highly anticipated shows at the Lincoln Showground is a nominal fee, ranging from £5 to £15. This modest price tag provides a full day of exploration, interaction and entertainment for families. What's even better? Young visitors are welcome free of charge, making it an affordable family day out.
All in all, the Lincoln Showground's twin fairs offer a delightful blend of old and new, a testament to the rich tapestry of history and contemporary tastes. Whether you're a serious collector or just looking for a leisurely day among the treasures of the past, these events promise an experience worth every penny and every moment.
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