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antiques: Where to hunt around to bag best bargains.

STATELY homes, castles, village halls, exhibition centres and agricultural showgrounds are just a few venues that will host many British antiques fairs throughout 2008.

The small one-day fairs and weekly markets should not be overlooked by the bargainhunter, while London's famous Portobello Road Market (from 5.30am every Saturday); Camden Passage (Wednesdays and Saturdays) and Spitalfields Market (Thursdays from 8.00am) are an experience in themselves.

However, the massive Swinderby (February 5-6) and Newark (February 7-8) fairs situated about 12 miles apart in the east Midlands are something else altogether.

Each regularly attracts over 3,000 stallholders and possibly the widest range of antiques on sale in one place.

The fairs are held every other month and last for two days running back to back with each other.

The Great British Antiques Web (www.gbaw.co.uk or 0117 904 9994) gives a full calendar of UK fairs, together with listings of antiques centres, specialist dealers and more.

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