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British Record Fairs Listing
Now that the junk
shop has all but died in most of England*, the place to find second-hand records
(especially 78s) is at one of the organised record fairs. Here is a list of
British record fairs.
*I would be very interested to know of any that do still exist and are willing to deal in records
Croydon Fair News: This fair has now ceased; the replacement is being held at Kempton Racecourse. Details and contact information below.
Dates for the fairs in 2018 below; Red dates are estimates, light blue are definite :
Last Updated : November 22, 2017
|Record fairs for 2018|
|Month||Date||Day||Name/Location||Address of Fair|
|March||4||Sunday||Birmingham||National Motorcycle Museum. nr Birmingham. M42 Junction 6, B92 0EJ|
|April||1||Sunday||Kempton Park *** NEW ***||Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, TW16 5AQ|
|April||7||Saturday||CLPGS Phonofair, Brentford||The Musical Museum, 399, High Street, Brentford, TW8 0DU|
|May||13||Sunday||National Vintage Communications Fair||Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, The Fosse, Fosse Way, Leamington Spa, CV31 1XN|
|June||10||Sunday||Birmingham||National Motorcycle Museum. nr Birmingham. M42 Junction 6, B92 0EJ|
|June||17||Sunday||Greg's Greats||79, High Street, Foxton, Cambridgeshire, CB2 6RP|
|June||23||Saturday||CLPGS Phonofair, Powick||
Village Hall, Powick, nr Worcester, Worcs, WR2 4RT
|September||23||Sunday||Kempton Park *** NEW ***||Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, TW16 5AQ|
|October||14||Sunday||Birmingham||National Motorcycle Museum. nr Birmingham. M42 Junction 6, B92 0EJ|
The Birmingham, Kempton Park and National Vintage Communication fairs have restaurants
selling hot and cold food, snacks, sandwiches, soft drinks, hot drinks &c.
Snacks and soft drinks & hot drinks are available at the CLPGS fair in Powick.
Greg Butler at Foxton also offers snacks and soft drinks, which is why he likes you to call first if possible, so that he can estimate requirements!
Note that Greg's fair at Foxton is a one-man show as far as the records for sale are concerned; i.e. there are no stalls for hire, but Greg has 10000s of records of all categories for sale (and not just 78s).
The National Vintage Communications Fair is not a strictly record fair, but there are stalls which have records for sale.
Information about the record fair venues including contacts:
|Fair||Contact||Prices & Details||Date prices checked|
8, Morgan Close, New Arley
Coventry CV7 8PR
Tel: 01676 541 115; mob: 07794 879536; email
£45 each or 2 for £80 (no half stalls)
Stallholders arrive 7.30 am; Fair closes at 4.00 pm.
Entry £15 from 8.00am; £3.50 from 9 am; £2.50 from 12 noon.
Parking: free on site ; Restaurant/cafe open all day
79, High Street, Foxton,
Cambridgeshire, CB2 6RP
Tel: 01223 872 937 or email
Starts at 11.00
No stalls for rent. Free entry & food.
Contact Greg first if food required
Parking: free on-road near to site
Lynwood, Kings End Road
Powick, Worcs WR2 4RA
Tel: 01905 830 540 or email
Stalls £12 each
Public admission from 9 a.m.: £2
free parking on-site and on adjacent service road.
5, The Moorings, 16, Bell Vue Road,
Paignton, Devon, TQ4 6EA
Book online at:
Stalls £25 each
(total 20 stalls only);
Stallholders access from 8am.
Public admission from 10 a.m.: £7.50; from 11 a.m.: £3.
Fair closes at 4pm
Parking: On-site for stallholders only.
Otherwise, nearby parking at Travelodge Hotel & Waterman's Arts Centre.
5 Moorland View, Rose Ash
South Molton, Devon
Stalls £45 each,
3 stalls £120;
Stallholders access from 7.45 am
Public admission from 8 a.m.: £15.00; from 9 a.m.: £3.50; from 12 noon £2.50
Fair closes at 4 pm
Parking: free on site Refreshments available.
Bus stops & Railway station close by.
|National Vintage Communication Fair||
NVCF, 13 Warneford Road
Oxford OX4 1LT, UK
see http://www.nvcf.org.uk for more details and how to book a stall
Stalls: from £45 each (discount
for BVMS members)
Early entry £25 from 9 am (£10 from 10.30) closes at 4 p.m.
Free car parking. See website (link in previous column)