The Festival of Antiques is going ahead in 2021


There may be light on the horizon for those looking to attend the Peterborough Festival of Antiques this year, with the event given the green light to go ahead. As one of the UK’s biggest antiques festivals, this will surely come as welcome news for collectors everywhere.

Although the event can no longer take place in April as originally planned, it will still be storming ahead – just in a later month. The new date in the diary is 21st-22nd May, where it is hoped the social distancing measures will make for a safe gathering.

Last year, like so many others, this charming antiques festival was unable to go forward due to lockdown restrictions. However, this year it will (fingers crossed) be back in full force, and give a little joy to those collectors who are eager to attend this twice-yearly event.

What’s on offer?

The festival will take place across four buildings and several acres of outdoor space, so there will be plenty of room for all in attendance – and plenty of space for the extraordinary items sure to be on display.

Collectors will be able to peruse a huge range of antique and vintage collectibles, from jewellery and ceramics to fine art and architectural salvage, as well as glass and silver pieces. And, for those interested in larger collectibles, there will be a host of antique furniture available to browse through.

The event is open to both visitors and exhibitors, so whether you want to have your own items up for sale or just have a browse, there will be something to pique the interest of every collector.

For those interested in taking part as an exhibitor, you’ll need to book and pay for your stall in advance.

What safety measures will be in place?

To ensure the Festival of Antiques stays in line with government guidelines, there will be a number of safety measures in place for all attending.

These include:

  • Socially-distanced queuing areas at all entrances
  • Hand sanitiser stations
  • Contactless card payments available when purchasing tickets
  • Pre-ordered online tickets
  • Track and trace QR codes (log in is mandatory for entry to the festival)
  • One-way systems implemented around sites
  • Signage around the fairs to help reduce crowding
  • Larger stands and stalls
  • Masks to be worn around the site

As with all events, organisers have asked for anyone with symptoms to remain home and self-isolate. With recent government advice for 2021 events and the safety measures in place, we’re hopeful that the event will go ahead as planned. We’ll keep our fingers crossed, as the Peterborough Festival of Antiques promises to be a weekend no collector will want to miss!

Do you have collections insurance in place for your collectibles? Give a member of the Norton team a call on 0121 248 9440 to see how we can help ensure your treasures are fully and properly protected.

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