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The Book Fair Calendar - the UK's only guide to all the secondhand and antiquarian book fairs, ephemera and collectors fairs, charity and library book sales.  Add your event here

26.11.14. New Forest Book Fair on Saturday December 6th will be a Christmas fair in the heart of the forest. More than twenty dealers all with specialist areas in local history, ordnance survey maps, natural history, cookery, childrens, fishing, topography and military. Three dealers new to the game and one retiring (GeeBee Books) will mean many, many bargains. This is Georgina's last fair as manager but her successor is Stephen Mobsby of Well Head Books 07474 727916  Add a comment

24.11.14. The PBFA's inaugural Christmas Book Fair on December 6th will see more than 100 booksellers exhibiting all manner of interesting, beautiful, rare, collectable and quirky books and ephemera ... more  Add a comment

24.11.14. Bookdealers from all over the North West will be setting up their stalls at Lancaster's Christmas Book Fair on on Saturday November 29th ... more  Add a comment

24.11.14. Many organisers have already sent their 2015 dates in and I'm optimistic that we will have a provisional calendar up next week. However, if you organise an event and haven't been contacted by us, or vist a fair or sale that you think should be included, please let us know now.  Add a comment

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UK book fairs range from the splendour of the ABA's London June fair and the size of the PBFA's York fair in September, to the more sober (but often rewarding) monthly fairs. Some of these are very small indeed, made up of perhaps a dozen or so dealers in a church hall. However, their very diversity is part of their charm and there is always the prospect of a bargain.

Book fairs flourished during the 1980's and 90's. This expansion was often at the expense of bookshops as dealers reduced their costs and took their books on the road. It also had the effect of denuding many provincial shops of their better books as these were swept up in the rising tide of book fairs. See Drif on 'Bookfairies'.

Times have been hard for many of the smaller regional book fairs of late, but a number have recently been revived, and we have even added a handful of new ones. But what is the future for book fairs, and how well are they serving their customers in the 21st Century? We are always keen to receive your comments and suggestions.

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