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Famous vintage fair comes to rural Somerset

I love scouting around vintage shops and fairs, flea markets and auction houses (and to date, not won anything accidentally by scratching my nose) for unusual, beautiful things for the house and garden.  Ever since moving to the West Country, I’ve been meaning to go to the famous and eclectic Bath Decorative Antiques Fair – but somehow I’ve never quite got around to it.   So I was really excited to hear that the people behind the Bath Fair were coming down our way this October with the launch of the very first Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair.


No 1 Lewes, Sussex

They’ve gathered together around 35 dealers from all over the UK, including some of the best in Somerset (like Alchemy in Bruton and The Factory, Castle Cary), in the modernist new extension of the Haynes International Motor Museum at Sparkford – if you’ve not been there recently, or have only seen it in the distance from the A303, it’s stunning. Over the weekend of the 14-16 October, the place will be filled with top dealers selling all sorts of quirky, wonderful stuff  – jewellery, furniture, glass, art, lighting, textiles, folk art, garden antiques and architectural salvage pieces – from the elegant 18th century right up to the mid-century modern designs of the 20th. The Antiques Roadshow‘s miscellaneous and collectibles expert Mark Hill will be on hand to officially open the Fair at 10am on Saturday 15 October.


Garden statuary, Linda North Antiques

What I love about this type of event is that you never know quite what you’re going to find, there’s always something to surprise, and when you do come across something special you can feel pretty confident that you’re not going to go into someone else’s home and see the same piece of furniture, china, picture (whatever) there.

The dealers at the Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair have got all bases covered. So for example, if you’re looking for something for the garden, check out Devon dealer Violet Grey, who sells pots and urns, wire plant stands and garden furniture.



Or how about this gorgeous mid-century Italian toleware sconce from Gloucestershire’s The Oscar Collective? I last saw something like this a few years ago at the famous Arezzo antiques fair when I was on holiday in Tuscany – and I missed out there. So hands off this spectacular sconce – I want it!  It would look stunning against a dark grey painted wall or on one of the stone walls we often have in old Somerset houses.


From Cotswold-based The Oscar Collective

If you’ve got a space that’s calling out for the right painting – or a stunning photograph – how about one of these?


Still life with lemons, Ann Armitage, The Jerram Gallery, Sherborne


World in a sphere, Lorna Noble Photography


Kestrel by Carry Ackroyd, The Jerram Gallery, Sherborne

Peel me a grape, Beulah. I can so easily imagine myself lying back on this splendid chaise longue.  I do like faded grandeur – and a piece like this would look amazing in either a period property or contemporary surroundings.


Chaise longue from Bruton’s Alchemy

Does anyone fancy giving this chap a home?


Life-sized stone whippet, The Factory, Castle Cary

On my must-see list will also be Not Wanted On Voyage’ (love the name) with their selection of furniture, art and accessories from the 60s and 70s, Scandinavian by Design (iconic furniture from the North) and Twentieth Century Glamour – does what it says on the tin, with fabulous costume jewellery dahling, Art Deco figures and the like. So a little something for yourself…?


Joseff of Hollywood, dahling

Or for your dad…?


For the man who has everything: a decorated cane, Winfield Canes

Prices start low and go up to around £10k. Entrance to the Fair costs a fiver but if you go through to their site right now, you can  get a free ticket – and you’ll also be in with a chance to win a dinner or lunch with wine for two people at one of my favourite Somerset restaurants,  At The Chapel in Bruton.

Opening hours: 2pm-5pm Friday 14 October; 10am-5pm Saturday 15 October; and 10am-4pm Sunday 16 October. There’s lots of free parking in front of the museum and a cafe inside serving lunches, drinks and snacks.

See you there?

Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair, Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford, BA22 7LH. 01278 784912.

8 comments on “Famous vintage fair comes to rural Somerset”

  • Duncan September 21, 2016

    Looks like the Bruton fair will be fab!

    • suetucker September 21, 2016

      It does indeed – have you got your ticket?!

  • Marguerite Reed September 22, 2016

    Thank you for steering me to the free ticket at Haynes Motor Museum for the Antiques fair. Much appreciated. ☺☺

    • suetucker September 22, 2016

      A pleasure – and a chance to win dinner/lunch for two At The Chapel!

  • amberevans September 26, 2016

    This looks amazing. I LOVE vintage fairs. Might have to make a special trip!

    • suetucker September 26, 2016

      You should come – and pop in and say hi!

  • Lizzie Gordon October 5, 2016

    Thanks for the fantastic mention and see you at Bruton! Love from The Oscar Collective

    • suetucker October 5, 2016

      Love your stuff – see you there!


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