Why Norfolk… The Antiques 

Why Norfolk? Antiques

 If you like the old, the rustic, the vintage, the retro, the antique then Norfolk holds lots of treasure. There are some fantastic antique dealers, auctions and Antique and collector fairs in the county. Norfolk is a great place to come and explore antiques. For the ambitious collector, rainy day hunter or just a muggle like me who loves meandering through beautiful shops whilst enjoying the local area. 

 I love retro vintage, so I personally fall in love with emporiums, the type of shops that have bits of everything from the last 100 years. There are some great places like this in Norfolk, as well as lots of the more serious antique shops with gorgeous collections that I’m just fascinated by. You could loose me for days in an antiques shop. I’m just drawn to shiny old things, or items I can spend ages trying to work out what they are or what their intended use was.

North Norfolk seems to be the place to set up shop with a particular strong hold being my favourite North Norfolk town, Holt. Here it seems every road has not one but many antique shops. With Mews antique Emporium, Shirehall plain Antiques Centre, Holt Antiques Centre, Cobwebs and Richard Scott antiques to name just a few. Some of these you can’t find out about online, you have to come and take a look for your self. I guarantee you wont be disappointed, just don’t turn up after 4pm on a Sunday. Holt is in easy reach from our North Norfolk properties, Nans cottage, Park Farm Barn and Swanton Cottage. You can find out more about these properties at www.norfolkshiddengems.co.uk If you go along the coast you get to Sherringham, the home to One degree east, 01263 824735, then across to Cromer there are a couple more, Brisbane Antiques and Bond Street Antiques. You could have a really fun Antique trail up the coast in one day.  

 However if it’s a collector fair you are after, Norfolk show ground holds antique and collectors fairs regularly. There is one over the Easter holidays, 3rd April. These hold over 400 stands of antiques, so it’s a not to be missed event, for the budding collector. Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, New Costessy, Norwich, NR5 0TT, Telephone : 01702 549623. Our Wroxham cottages, Josies and lillys on the Broads or The moorings, Bramerton would make ideal places to stay.If this antiques fair seems too big there is a much smaller fair in Blakeney, N.Norfolk, called Blakeney Antique & Collectors fair, this is well attended throughout the year, Its held in Blakeneys Village hall on Sundays (Not on every Sunday, so best to phone for dates, Telephone 01263 713120) www.antiques-atlas.com Blakeney has a lovely harbour, great place to take the kids for crabbing and has great local food, tea rooms and galleries. 

Now there are also auction houses, if you like the thrill of an auction and a possible bargain. A popular one is James Beck Auctions, Fakenham(North Norfolk), www.jamesbeckauctions.co.ukanother one, art based, is in Aylsham www.keyauctions.co.uk this is nearer Norwich and the Broads. 
So as you can see we’ve only scratched the surface of what Norfolk has to offer. There is so much out there for the antique hunter, book in a week or weekend to hunt now and stay in a hidden gem www.norfolkshiddengems.co.uk  whilst looking for hidden gems. 

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