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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.

NOTES:
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. (*Obviously this "reboot" never happened due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but watch this space!).

Due to falling attendance, the CLPGS Phonofair, previously held in June in Powick, Worcestershire, has now been discontinued.

IMPORTANT: The Birmingham International Record Fair at The Motorcycle Museum has changed hands - see details below.

Dates for the fairs this year below;  Red dates are estimates, light blue are definite : 

Record fairs for 2023
Month Date Day Name/Location Status Address of Fair
March 5 Sunday Birmingham International On National Motorcycle Museum. nr Birmingham. M42 Junction 6, B92 0EJ
May 21 Sunday RetrotechUK (formerly NVCF)
*** Note New Location ***
On The Sports Connexion, Leamington Road, Ryton-On-Dunsmore, nr Coventry, CV8 3FL
June 11  Sunday Birmingham International On National Motorcycle Museum. nr Birmingham. M42 Junction 6, B92 0EJ
October 15  Sunday Birmingham International On National Motorcycle Museum. nr Birmingham. M42 Junction 6, B92 0EJ

All the fairs have refreshments available, mainly snacks. 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).

RetrotechUK (formerly The National Vintage Communications Fair) is not strictly a record fair, but there are stalls which have records for sale, and there are usually plenty of gramophones.

Information about the record fair venues including contact details:

Fair Contact Prices & Details Date prices checked
Birmingham:
  (Motorcycle Museum, near NEC)
    
(Note New contact details)
Spikebiz Ltd
Kaye Meadowcroft
Tel: 07
528 849 726 / 07980  310 160. email
Website: recordfairs | record buyers and sellers
Stalls: 50 each; 2 for 90; 3 for 125     (no half stalls)   
Stallholders arrive from 7.00 am;       Fair closes at 3.00 pm.
Entry 10 from 8 a.m.; 3 from 9 a.m.
Parking: free on site ;  snack bar  (card payments only) open all day from 8.30.
2023
Greg's Greats:
  (currently not being run)
Greg Butler
79, High Street, Foxton, 
Cambridgeshire, CB2 6RP
Tel: 01223 872 937 or
email
Starts at 11.00 am
No stalls for rent.   Free entry & food.
Contact Greg first if food required
Parking: free on-road near to site
N/A
CLPGS Phonofair
  (Powick, Worcs)
 
 (currently not being run)
Brian Oakley

Tel: 01258 861 282 or
email
   
Kempton Park
 (near London)
  
(currently not being run)
Roland Hart

5 Moorland View, Rose Ash

South Molton, Devon EX36 4QP
Tel No.
07946 689 143. email

Roland is on the lookout for a new venue. As soon as he fixes anything, I'll update the listing here.  
RetrotechUK
(formerly The National Vintage Communication Fair)
RetrotechUK, 54, Linnell Road, Rugby, Warwicks, CV21 4AW.
see https://www.retrotechuk.com/  for more details and how to book a stall. email.
Stalls: from 45 each (discount for BVMS members) 
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) Cash only
2022