Honiton Antiques Festival

PUBLISHED: 09:24 31 October 2012

Valentine Butler.

Valentine Butler.


Week of events planned after success of last year’s inaugural festival.

After attracting a huge turnout of 600 people to just one of a series of events in 2011, Honiton Antiques Festival is set to be staged for a second year.

Footfall at the town’s Tourist Information Centre shot up by 200 per cent when the festival launched its inaugural programme.

Organisers, made of up representatives of the town’s 85 antique dealers and two auction rooms, aim to show Honiton off at its best and underline its place as the antiques centre of the South West.

They have put together a programme of events, taking place from November 12 to 17, that will highlight the wealth of knowledge and skills that are synonymous with Honiton.

Organiser Valentine Butler said: “We are delighted that, in recognition of last year’s success, the whole town has come together for this year’s festival.

“The town council has given us a donation of £500 to promote it, Allhallows Museum and the Tourist Information Centre will be open all week, and there is a photographic display in the library.

“We are looking forward to welcoming even more people to the Honiton Antiques Festival this year.”

The Art of the Woodcarver, Medieval to 19th Century, English watch-making from late 1700s to the late 1900s and Gypsies are among the themes of free exhibitions taking place during the week.

Lacemaking demonstrations will, of course, feature in the programme.

The Restoration and Conservation Fair, which last year attracted so many visitors to Honiton, will be held again in the Baptist Church hall on Saturday, November 17.

Honiton Clock Clinic is opening its workshops to the public on Thursday, November 15, and on Wednesday, November 14, John Allan, the renowned local historian, will be giving a talk on Beer Stone and Salcombe Stone in Medieval Devon.

The talk will take place at Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £7.50 and include wine and nibbles.

Auctioneers Chilcotts, in Silver Street, are holding two sessions entitled A Beginner’s Guide to Buying at Auction - pop in from 11am on November 13 or 14.

Full details of the week’s events can be viewed at www.honitonantiquesfestival.com

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