The Royal Bath and West Showground is the site of both the Shepton Giant Flea & Collectors Market event and the Shepton Mallet International Antiques and Collectors Fair, two major antique fairs which take place a few times a year.
If your tastes tend towards the everyday vintage items, rather than the more traditional and antiques – end of the spectrum, both events will be right up your alley. They are eclectic and lively and have the reputation of being two of the key UK antique fairs to source quality goods.
The Shepton Mallet Antiques Vintage & Collectors Fair is housed in four halls, hosting over 30 shopping booths in the arcade at the Royal Bath & West Showground. More than 600 stands showcase everything from paintings and antique furniture to vintage teddies, porcelain, silver, crystal, militaria, restoration products and luxury leather luggage.
Located on the exact same premises as the Shepton Mallet Antiques Vintage & Collectors Fair, but held on different dates (and only on Sundays), the Shepton Giant Flea & Collectors Market is slightly smaller. It features 250 inside and outside stalls, selling a plethora of items from retro-furniture, vintage clothing, garden statuary, crafts, art, jewelry, books, toys, sweets, clothes, CD’s, music, gifts, lifestyle products, stationery, fabrics and lots, lots of other items.
And if antiques are not your cup of tea, both fairs also have something for vintage enthusiasts: from 1960s and 1970s West German ceramics and advertising posters to sunglasses and handbags, linens, quilts, kitchenware, plastics, lamps, toys, costume jewellery, sewing notions, teapots and crockery.
Both the Shepton Mallet Antiques Vintage & Collectors Fair, and the Shepton Giant Flea & Collectors Market attract many of London’s top dealers, many of whom will have their purchases back in their shops ready to sell the following day! Tip: Shepton Mallet Antiques Vintage & Collectors Fair offers early admission on Friday afternoons.