The Malvern Flea and Collectors flea market, held outside Great Malvern against the backdrop of the Malvern hills, is a sprawling and wide-ranging event. At stalls inside the main exhibition hall or one of several interconnected sheds, or filling the perimeter outside, vendors at this unabashedly eclectic flea market cater to every taste.
More traditional collectibles – china, silver, figurines and glassware, for example – are displayed alongside tools, hardware, garden pots, vintage clothing, enamelware, mid-20th-century dishes, taxidermy, papers, advertising items, West German ceramics, fishing gear, sewing notions, kitchen utensils, early plastics, books and costume jewellery.
It’s all a bit random and hodge-podge but the formula seems to work well, judging by the crowds. The casual and relaxed atmosphere may owe something to the flea market’s rural surroundings and the feeling they engender of being in a real and rooted place.
The icing on the cake? Interspersed among the antiques & collectables vendors, locals sell homemade pies, jams and jellies, and real hot chocolate. A day at the Malvern Flea and Collectors Fair is a real treat.