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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
Greg Butler has now stopped running his "Greg's Greats" fair at his house after the June 2019 event, but is planning to have more specialised sales in the future, supposedly from 2020 onwards.
I will post more information once he has it.
Dates for the fairs in 2021 below; Red dates are estimates, light blue are definite :
(Update June 19th 2021)
The Coronavirus-19 pandemic has found a new "wind" and infections are rising, though, due to the successful vaccination programme, this is not really feeding though to hospitalisations. The government has delayed lifting the remaining restrictions, however, and this may affect some record fairs.
Unfortunately, due to this delay in lifting the restrictions, the CLPGS phonofair (which is mainly 78s these days) scheduled for June 26th has been cancelled.
The Kempton Park Fair, scheduled for July 11, has also been cancelled for the same reason.
|Potential Record fairs for 2021|
|Month||Date||Day||Name/Location||Status||Address of Fair|
|March||7||Sunday||Birmingham||Cancelled||National Motorcycle Museum. nr Birmingham. M42 Junction 6, B92 0EJ|
|April||4||Sunday||Kempton Park||Cancelled||Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, TW16 5AQ|
|May||9||Sunday||National Vintage Communications Fair||Cancelled||Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, The Fosse, Fosse Way, Leamington Spa, CV31 1XN|
|June||6||Sunday||Birmingham||Cancelled||National Motorcycle Museum. nr Birmingham. M42 Junction 6, B92 0EJ|
|June||26||Saturday||CLPGS Phonofair, Powick||*** Cancelled***||
Village Hall, Powick, nr Worcester, Worcs, WR2 4RT
|July||11||Sunday||Kempton Park||*** Cancelled***||Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, TW16 5AQ|
|September||12||Sunday||Kempton Park||Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, TW16 5AQ|
|September||26||Sunday||National Vintage Communications Fair||New Date||Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, The Fosse, Fosse Way, Leamington Spa, CV31 1XN|
|October||10||Sunday||Birmingham||National Motorcycle Museum. nr Birmingham. M42 Junction 6, B92 0EJ|
All the fairs have refreshments available, varying from snacks to full meals.
Parking is also free at all events. More details about prices and times below.
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! [Fair not currently running]
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|
(Motorcycle Museum, near NEC)
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 from 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
(currently not being run)
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
Tel: 01258 861 282 or email
Stalls £12 each; Stallholders
access from about 8am.
Public admission from 9 a.m.: £3 - NOTE: Fair closes at 1.30 p.m.
free parking on-site and on adjacent service road.
5 Moorland View, Rose Ash
South Molton, Devon
Stalls £45 each,
3 stalls £120;
Stallholders access from 7.45 am
Public admission 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.
(Now called RetrotechUK)
NVCF, 13 Warneford Road
Oxford OX4 1LT, UK
see https://www.retrotechuk.com/ 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, free for under 14s) closes 4 p.m.
Free car parking. See website (link in previous column)