Henley Decor Fair is returning this weekend for the second time this year (22-24 September) at Greenlands Park (entrance to Henley Business School).
The end-of-summer event promises an exceptional showcase of top UK exhibitors, unique finds, and a festival atmosphere with music throughout the day providing a memorable experience for all attendees.
Henley Decor Fair is not your ordinary shopping event. The diversity and calibre of the traders mixed with the festival atmosphere makes for a fun day out for all, bringing along a host of industry experts and the opportunity to meet and enjoy the setting with some very well-known faces.
Salvage Hunters: The Restorers’ Saxon Durant and The Bidding Room’s Jacqui Harris are making their debut appearances. The fair will also welcome back The Restoration Workshop’s Eric Michell, returning alongside the remarkable artist Clare Howlett.
Many of the exhibitors are curating stock exclusively for the event, carefully selecting items from all over UK and Europe. Popular tradings returning are No1 Lewes, Montpellier Interiors, Nikki Page, Chris Charles Antiques, Mr Newton (20th Century Design), MONO from Japan, Stag & Squire, The Vintage Refrigerator Company and Architectural Salvage Source amongst many others.
There are also a host of dealers new to the event, including Bridge Street General Store, ARTI, ST Collective, White Collective, Nino’s Pots, Something Truly Vintage and Straker Vintage. For a full list of exhibitors, check our website here.
Nigel Limb aka Blind Bloke Racing who lost his sight in a motorcycle accident in 2015 has been invited by Henley Decor Fair to exhibit his later father’s amazing fairground ride models and vintage fairground artwork some of which will be for sale. On display will the Moon-Rockets which was launched in 1937 and was classed as the first pre-war ‘white knuckle’ ride and the Wall of Death which came to Britain around 1926 from USA, The model of the Wall of Death is based on the ‘Cripsey’ family’s Wall of Death in Skegness. All the models are intricate in detail and 1:24 scale. Nigel said, “Because of my freak motorcycle accident, I live for every day and want to inspire others and share my father’s and my passion of the fairground.”
World of Weapons’ is a hands-on experience with funds going to the Henley-on-Thames Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. There will be an array of period British WW2 deactivated weapons on display by members of the public can hold and dry fire these under supervision, for photo and video opportunities in exchange for donations to Henley’s Poppy Appeal. This will run alongside a standard Poppy Appeal table display of RBL items.
In addition, there will be a chance to fire a replica 1809 Potsdam flintlock musket with a blank round. This will be supervised only by Richard Pinches or Benedict Pinches who both hold relevant shotgun and black powder licences to enable this legally. Richard said, “Benedict and I will be dressing up in French Napoleonic military uniform and WW2 uniforms to add to the experience and my 1943 Willys Desert Jeep will also be there for photo opportunities in the style of the recent BBC series, SAS Rogue Heroes.”
With the aim to further improve the overall experience, the September event introduces a new schedule and a thoughtfully redesigned layout. The reformed layout will create a single circuit, with the outer perimeter facing the stands of the inner circle. You will also find numerous large site map boards strategically placed around the site which will ease navigation of the fair.
Immerse yourself in festival vibes of the Fair! Enjoy live music throughout the day, sip on a cocktail, savour craft beer, indulge in delicious gourmet food and unwind in the vintage tearoom. Take a break and enjoy the stunning surroundings, bring your family and friends, and make a day out of it. More information on our catering partners is available here.
On Saturday evening from 6.30pm, the Awards Night promises a relaxed and entertaining evening for all attendees. The night will feature live music and a bar open till late, in perfect harmony with the festival spirit of the fair. The highly coveted awards reflect the contributions of exhibitors who are going above and beyond to shape the success of the event. Our sponsors will be presenting eight awards in total – Best Newcomer, Best Media Award, Innovation Award, Outstanding Item Award, Best Display, Best Stand, Lifetime Achievement Award, and Antiques Dealer of the Year.