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National Glass Fair UK: Antique Glass Collectors Fair, Solihull

National Glass Fair UK: Solihull Collectors Fair

Event Name: National Glass Fair UK
Category: Gifts and Handicrafts

Event Date: Event Closed Forever
Location: National Motorcycle Museum, Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, West Midlands, England B92 0EJ
Organizer: Specialist Glass Fairs Ltd. – PO Box 1144 , Linton, Cambridge CB21 4WJ United Kingdom
Phone: 44-7887-762872
Timings: 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM

End of an Era: Glass Fair Closure

Specialist Glass Fairs is sorry to announce that not only has our November 2021 fair been cancelled, but we have regrettably decided to call it a day on all future glass fairs.

There were a number of factors that influenced this decision but the set-backs and uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 proved to be the final undoing for all of our events. Progress of the Delta variant has pushed back the lifting of social distancing until the 19th of July, which is too close to the date of the November fair to put any necessary arrangements into place. It is also proving impossible to secure any Covid cancellation insurance, which is necessary to protect us against any unforeseen roll-back on the relaxing of social distancing rules.

Since our last fair in 2019 we have seen many of our regular exhibitors going into retirement or moving on from the glass trade. Replacing those valued dealers has proved extremely difficult and we do not feel that it’s possible to find enough new exhibitors to put on a glass fair that would meet the high expectations our loyal attendees have come to expect.

The well-being of the exhibitors and visitors attending the fair is of paramount importance to us and it has become increasingly clear that our mostly older clientele would be uncomfortable attending a crowded indoor event. Although most visitors will be fully vaccinated by November, many people still are hesitant to attend any events when there is a prospect of new Covid variants arising.

Rather than just postpone the fair again we have taken the decision to permanently close the National Glass Fair. This is the end of an era for us and it has been an extremely difficult decision to make considering that we have been running glass fairs for nearly 20 years – beginning with the first Cambridge Guildhall fair in 2003.

Many of our regular exhibitors and visitors were there at the very start and we would like to thank them and everyone else who has supported us through the years.

Paul & Christina

The National Glass Fair UK 2020 is Britain’s leading antique and collectible glass fair. Exhibitors offer a wide choice of glassware, from 18th century drinking glasses through to contemporary studio glass.

You can find the dates for all our events via our Future Fairs page, along with information about admission charges and entrance times.

Event Profile:

The National Glass Fair 2020 will be taken place from 10 May, 2020. The consistency in the nature of glass in plain view keeps on pulling in guests every year, including various authorities from abroad. As our exhibitors have needed to adjust their stock to incorporate quality cases of twentieth century glass, it has been essential for us to incorporate more exhibitors who have practical experience in this kind of dish sets.

National Glass Fair UK: Exhibitors Profile

Profile of exhibit based on Pressed Glass, Glass Jewelry And Decorative Glasses, Fine English And Continental Glass, Decanters, Rummers, Wine Glasses, Carnival Glass, Antique Glassware, Antique And Modern Paperweights.

National Glass Fair UK: Visitors Profile

Visitors like professionals, buyers, suppliers, traders, distributors and much more.

About The Organizers & Event:

The National Glass Fair UK (UK), is organised and run by Specialist Glass Fairs Ltd.

The company was established by Patricia Hier in 1991, to meet the demand for an antiques and collectors’ fairs that catered for people with a specialist interest in glass.

At its inception our fair was the only antiques and collectibles fair to specialize in glassware. Because of our dedication to putting on a premium event, we have attracted exhibitors that sell some of the best examples of glass available. In fact many of our dealers have chosen to exhibit exclusively at our events.

The success of our fairs can be attributed to our insistence that we do our utmost to put on the best events possible. Whether it’s our selection of dealers, the quality of stock we insist upon, or the presentation of exhibitors stands, we aim to provide visitors to our fairs with a rewarding experience. The consistency in the quality of glass on display continues to attract visitors each year, including a number of collectors from overseas.

We have long realized that one of the most important factors in running an all-glass fair, is the variety of glass available. Because of the varying tastes and demands of dealers and collectors, we are careful to select exhibitors that will offer the greatest variety and balance of merchandise. By necessity, this has meant adapting to the increasing scarcity of the more traditionally popular types of glassware. As our exhibitors have had to adapt their stock to include quality examples of 20th century glass, it has been necessary for us to include more exhibitors who specialize in this type of glassware. These dealers tend to sell anything from Art Deco and Art Nouveau through to 50s, 60s and 70s studio glass. Although we do not allow the sale of modern reproductions, we are extremely keen to exhibit the work of contemporary artists. Consequently, visitors to our fair have never had such a variety of choice, and our reputation has become such that many dealers, from both Europe and the United States, are eager to exhibit at our fairs.

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