Bob Evans Fairs Set to Charm Peterborough With World Famous Antiques Festival

The Cathedral City of Peterborough is polishing its appearance in preparation for the twice annual antique fair. This Autumn the festival will be held on Friday September 30th and Saturday 1st October.

Established in 1999, the Peterborough Festival of Antiques has quickly grown into one of the UK’s premier Antique Fairs. The Bob Evans Fair event is extremely well known on the global antique circuit  and attracts over 1,700 stallholders and 15,000 visitors each year.

Simon Evans, Director of Bob Evans Fairs, said, “We had a superbly subscribed and attended March event and it’s shaping up to be a fantastic few days for this Autumn show. We’re encouraging locals and visitors alike to check out the fair, browse the impressive range of wares and enjoy the best antiques festival Britain has to offer.”  

Thanks to its wealth of old world treasures the Peterborough Festival of Antiques attracts the ongoing attention of BBC Film crews. The internationally renowned broadcasting corporation uses the event to shoot footage for a number of its antique and collectables programmes.

The event also attracts hordes of foreign visitors who flock to browse and buy from the festival’s plethora of British, European and international traders. The majority of international visitors arrive on guided mini bus tours from America and the Far East, however the event is also a mecca for independent travellers with an interest in antiques. From jewellery, china, toys and linen to militaria, furniture, silverware and trinkets, there’s something for every antique enthusiast.


For style savvy homeowners and interior designers on the search for unique décor the festival is a must attend event. While sleek modern interiors were once all the rage the latest trends shine the spotlight on old world glamour, eclectic charm and décor that has a story. There’s a notion towards history being used again as pre-loved items appeal to a new generation.

Thanks to the current trend of upcycling and reclamation, antiques fairs are becoming more popular. Enthusiastic interior designers and homeowners are always on the lookout for used pieces which can be transformed and reinjected with life, or given a new purpose. This also means that upcycled furniture is personal and one-of-a-kind, which is more appealing than buying something off the shelf.

Simon Evans added, “The festival is an amazing opportunity to snap up some magnificent items. From professional dealers and interior designers to leisure collectors and holidaymakers, we’re welcoming all visitors – those returning to visit us again and especially extending a warm welcome to those who have never yet attended our Antique Festival.”

Founded in 1972, Bob Evans Fairs was one of the first companies to pioneer antique fairs in the UK. Starting with a small local fair in Melton Mowbray, the group has gone on to organise the prestigious Peterborough Festival of Antiques, one of the largest antique fairs in the country.

Held at the East of England Showground, The Peterborough Arena the event is conveniently located within easy reach of London and surrounding counties. 

This Autumn Festival will mark the second of 2016’s Peterborough Festival of Antiques, the one held at Easter was the largest to date

Doors open at 7.00 am - 10.00 am for early trade on Friday September 30thand this is priced at £15.

General public admission is open from 10.00 am – 4.30 pm on Friday September 30thand 9.00 am onwards on Saturday October 1st. Public entry costs just £5 which makes it a great value day out for collectors, dealers, families and hobbyists alike.

To find out more about the Peterborough Festival of Antiques visit the webpage at:

To watch a video of last year’s event click here:

Editor's Note: Issued by Dakota Digital. For more information please contact Abi Miller. Email: or Tel: 01623 428996. 

About Peterborough Festival of Antiques: Established in 1999, the twice yearly Peterborough Festival of Antiques is one of the UK’s premier antique events. The festival is held at the East of England Showground and draws in over 1,700 stallholders and 15,000 visitors per event.



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