The Annual Buxton Decorative Antiques & Art Fair returns from 16th – 19th May 2019, three years after the Pavilion’s Octagon Hall closed for extensive refurbishment.

In 2016 and 2017 the fair took place in a plush marquee adjacent to the Octagon, though reduced in size and scope and last year, when the venue was expected to be open on time, was forced to cancel after the refurbishment ran late. ‘Now at last we’re back where we belong,’ explains organiser Sue Ede of Cooper Events. ‘We know our regular customers and our exhibitors have missed the building, where the fair took place for the previous 51 years. In the newly refurbished and redecorated Octagon the fair looks set to re-establish its place as one of the most eminent antiques fairs in the UK.’

In this special setting in the famous spa town in the heart of the Peak District, the fair has always been a major fixture in the calendar. This year the fair will commence with a special visitor: Mark Hill, (right) the author and antiques expert from the BBC Antiques Roadshow. Mark will be welcoming visitors and providing guidance on purchases.

The majority of regular exhibitors will be returning to the fair, promising a wide range of traditional antique furniture, ceramics, silver, jewelry paintings, and accessories. In addition, the fair will reveal a more modernized feel with the addition of several decorative specialists, adding extra dimensions to the range of exhibits on offer. Showing for the first time will be Shine on Design, specializing in Art Deco walnut furniture, lighting, and accessories from the 1920s and 30s. They will be joined by Paul Burnett Antiques & Interiors with vintage interior furnishing pieces; and Thomas Spencer Fine Art specializing in Modern British and contemporary art.

Among the well-known regular exhibitors will be Melody Antiques, Mark Buckley Antiques, and Brian Ashbee & Wes Wotruba with English furniture and accessories; art specialists Ellis Fine Art with British oil painting from the 18th & 19th centuries, Granta Fine Art with 20th-century works; Art of the Imagination specializing in contemporary illustrative artists; Timberhill Gallery with watercolors, Balmain Antiques showing drawings, Continental paintings, and sculpture, Jo Bennett with Northern and contemporary oils and watercolors; and returning exhibitor Walker Galleries from Harrogate who have not shown at Buxton for more than ten years.

Others include Roger de Ville with early English pottery, J. Dickinson Antiquarian Maps & Prints; Eastdale Antiques, S.& A Marsh Antiques, and The Antiques Bazaar specializing in silver; and jewelry specialists Plaza, Shapiro & Co, and Saul Greenstein Antiques.

Adds Sue Ede: ‘Our fair will include our regular opening day evening reception, with complimentary refreshments, and we are as ever, grateful to the support of the Buxton Opera House.’

The fair is organized by: Cooper Events, Somerset TA8 1BU. Tel: 01278 784912. Facebook: coopersantiques.fairs Twitter: @CooperAntiques ADVERTISING, PRESS INFORMATION & IMAGES Duncan Phillips, Ambleside, Chard Street, Thorncombe, Somerset TA20 4NF. Tel: UK (0)1460 30897. \