The Malvern Flea & Collectors Fair 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 these unabashedly eclectic flea markets 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.
Not to be mistaken with the Malvern Flea & Collectors Fair which is held almost every month, The triannual Malvern Antiques & Collectors Fair features between 120 and 150 stalls located inside the main exhibition hall, in one of several interconnected sheds, or filling the perimeter outside to provide an incredibly eclectic shopping experience.
With everything from antique furniture and collectable, to silverware, vintage posters, lighting and textiles, vintage garments, jewellery, teddies and toys it is the ultimate event for the interior designer, up-cycler, crafter and thrift seeker, vendors selling at Malvern Antiques & Collectors Fair cater to every taste.
The Malvern Flea & Collectors flea market as well as the Malvern Antiques & Collectors Fair are 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 and antiques fair 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 The Malvern Flea & Collectors flea market or at the Malvern Antiques & Collectors Fair is a real treat.