Find a treasure trove at Peterborough Festival of Antiques

Find a treasure trove at Peterborough Festival of Antiques

by Stacy Roman
Stripes Europe

One of the cool things about living in Europe is the amazing amount of antique items you can find. From the local “Flohmarkts” in Germany to the huge weekly flea market in Tongeren, Belgium, the odds are pretty high you’ll score some authentic finds. However, if you’re stationed in the U.K., it can be a little cumbersome to reach the European mainland for shopping. Don’t despair! Not only are there plenty of local shops on the nearest high street, but there’s also a fantastic festival twice a year centrally located in Peterborough – the Peterborough Festival of Antiques.

What began as a small gathering of vendors in 1999 has blossomed into one of Europe’s largest antique sales and festivals. Taken place over two days in April and again in September, shoppers will delight with more than 2,000 dealers, shops and vendors. Peruse fine jewelry, silver, fine china, vintage clothes and all the collectibles you can imagine. I love collecting old cameras and typewriters and was able to pick up two of my favorites for less than 40 pounds in total. World War II aficionados will be in heaven, as there are plenty of collectors and memorabilia to be found.

Know before you go

The Peterborough Festival of Antiques will be held Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11, 2020. The festival takes place at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, PE2 6XE. On Friday, early trading takes place from 7 to 10 a.m.; normal hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission price between 7 and 10 a.m. Friday is 15 pounds, and 5 pounds after 10 a.m. Admission on Saturday is 5 pounds all day. Children under 16 are free. Be sure to bring plenty of cash (pounds), as many vendors do not accept credit cards or U.S. dollars.

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