Antiques Shops and Fairs in Suffolk
Ever since the BBC TV series Lovejoy hit our screens in the late 80s and early 90s, Suffolk has found its place on the map as a destination for those who enjoy the thrill of hunting for vintage treasures.
The industry was well-established in the county before then of course, but the scenic countryside depicted in the series, coupled with the adventures of Lovejoy, the mischievous antiques dealer, helped to raise the profile of Suffolk, and people still come to visit the places they saw in the series.
There are many antiques shops around the county and regular vintage fairs take place throughout the year. Here are some of the highlights...
The architecture is a happy mix of Tudor, Georgian and Victorian and residential houses sit alongside shops, hotels and cafes. The village has the added attraction of two historic houses (Kentwell and Melford Halls) which are open to the public, and a magnificent church, with concerts throughout the year.
The lovely riverside town of Woodbridge has a good number of antiques shops including the Woodbridge Antiques Centre and also, rather wonderfully, a violin shop selling new and antique instruments.
While you are there, do take a stroll along the picturesque River Deben and visit nearby Sutton Hoo. Owned by the National Trust, the Saxon burial ground has given up its treasures and some of the original finds and a replica of the famous Sutton Hoo helmet are on display.
Iconic Snape Maltings on the Suffolk coast would seem a perfect place to browse for antiques. The location is beautiful and there is a cafe and other shops and galleries to have a look around too.
Visit the Antiques and Collectors' Centre, which has antiques from over 40 dealers and look out for the Vintage and Makers Markets which pop up at regular intervals.
Over 50 dealers get together at Saint Felix School in the coastal town of Southwold each year for the prestigious Southwold Fine Arts and Antiques Fair over the August bank holiday weekend.
The Fair on the Green with over 120 dealers, also takes place in August each year and the town itself has several antiques shops.
While in Southwold, make sure you take a stroll along the beach and visit Southwold Pier, have some fish and chips and enjoy the quirky entertainment on offer there.
Not far from the Suffolk coast is the Yoxford Antiques Centre and Gardens. Over 70 dealers sell their vintage treasures from here – anything from clocks to carpets, fireplaces to film memorabilia and all sorts of other vintage goodies. There is also a cafe on site and a five acre garden for visitors to explore, with alpacas and a menagerie of different breeds of chickens!