Spring Antiques Show

  • Location : National Botanic Garden of Wales, Middleton Hall, Llanarthne
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Antiques, collectables, retro and vintage will take centre stage among the rare and endangered blooms here on Saturday and Sunday 22nd and 23rd of April, with BBC’s Bargain Hunt returning to the Garden. 

A treasure trove of the unusual and unique with a strong Welsh flavour is set to transform the National Botanic Garden of Wales, as the Derwen Antiques Fair prepares to return.

The Derwen Fairs flagship event has increased from just 23 stalls in the early days, to more than 100 dotted around the site including Theatr Botanica, the Garden Marquee and the impressive Regency-era Principality House.

Visitors can view Welsh art, Welsh pottery and Welsh oak furniture among the Mediterranean plants in Lord Norman Foster’s Great Glasshouse, and a vintage market will take over the entire courtyard.

The Vintage Market is a new and exciting addition to the Antiques Fair and items ranging from rare maps to rare paintings have all been found at this fair.

One such item that will feature at the Fair, is an original photograph taken at one of the early Grand Prix races, of the legendary F1 driver, Sir Stirling Moss. Moss raced from 1948 to 1962, winning 212 of the 529 races he entered, including 16 Formula One Grand Prix.

Retiring from the sport in the early 1960’s, he became a regular TV presenter and personality. The action photograph, which is an enlargement and framed, was taken at one of his F1 races, and shows him hurtling along the track at speed, and was probably taken in the 1950’s. It’s a must have souvenir for any F1 racing collector.

There will of course be an abundance of Welsh pottery from areas such as; Swansea, Glamorgan, Llanelli and the increasingly popular Ewenny. Welsh textiles will also be a main feature at the fair, with a wide range of Welsh tapestry blankets on display with their extensive colour range and intrinsic patterns.

Wales is of course famous for its rich heritage in the woollen industry, with woollen blankets (carthen) having been woven in Wales for centuries, with a wealth of patterns produced.

Organiser Brita Rogers said: “There are fewer antique fairs in Wales these days. We wanted to cater for everyone, from those interested in collecting traditional antiques to others looking for something a bit retro. We thought we would go with the times.”

The Garden and the fair are open from 10am to 4.30pm (last entry is 3.30pm). Admission to the Garden and Fair will be £4, with free parking.

For more information about this event and other Garden events, call 01558 667149 or email info@gardenofwales.org.uk

For more info about Derwen Antiques, visit www.derwenantiques.co.uk