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The Carmarthen Antiques and Collectors Fair draws enthusiasts and collectors to the United Counties Showground from all over the UK.  Arrive early, bag a bargain and pick up interesting additions to house and home, from Georgian furniture to garden tools and Welsh pottery.

2014 sees Carmarthen-based Towy Antiques Fairs entering its twenty-first year of organising antiques events at the Carmarthen Showground with three dates scheduled for their flagship event two-day Antiques Fairs, as well as six dates for the popular one-day Flea Markets and two dates at the fabulous Picton Castle.


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Breweriana amongst the highlights at the next Carmarthen Flea Market

The next Carmarthen Flea Market which takes place on Sunday September 28th promises to be a collector’s paradise whether your tastes are traditional or you’re looking for something more unusual.

The Flea, organised by veteran antiques fair organisers Robert and Carol Pugh of Towy Events, and held at Carmarthen Showground is regarded as one of the best events of its type and always throws up items seldom found anywhere else.

Fans of breweriana as well as those with an interest in Carmarthenshire and Welsh history will be excited to see an original sign taken from Buckley’s Brewery in Llanelli (pictured.)

Buckley's Brewery claimed to have been the oldest brewery in Wales. Its roots began in 1767, when Henry Child, a friend of the Reverend John Wesley began operating his malting business in the town.

The name of Buckley appeared in the business following the marriage of The Reverend James Buckley to Maria Child daughter of Henry Child in 1798. Through their sons and descendants Buckley's Brewery continued to operate until about 1987 when it became the subject of a series of takeover bids by bigger breweries. Production was moved to Cardiff in 1998 and the brewery closed soon afterwards.

In the 1930s the town of Llanelli was known as 'Tinopolis' because of its reputation for the manufacture of tinplate. Tinplate was extensively used in the preservation and canning of food.

As well as Buckley’s Llanelli had a second brewery of note: Felinfoel, and so it was no surprise when the Llanelly & County Guardian of 17th October, 1935 reported that the directors of Buckley's Brewery were to investigate the canning of beer.

It would appear that both of the town's breweries moved together to adopt what they called the "American method" of canning beer. One month later the Llanelly & County Guardian carried the story that Felinfoel Brewery was the first in the United Kingdom to produce canned beer but, to make the point that they too had canned beer on that day Buckley's Brewery placed an advertisement in the same newspaper!

With upwards of 100 stalls at the  Carmarthen Flea Market  (mostly undercover) it’s an exciting way to spend a few hours whether you’re looking for something particular such as breweriana or you’re seeking a little vintage inspiration. You’ll find everything from retro furniture to Staffordshire Pottery ( see below) and agricultural implements as well as decorative pieces, vintage jewellery and clothing.

The next Carmarthen Flea Markets takes place on Sunday September the 28th and Sunday November 16th between 10.00am and 4.00pm at United Counties Showground, admission for adults is £4.00. For more information, including details on exhibiting visit our website www.towyevents.co.uk or call us on 01267 236 569. All indoor pitches must be pre-booked whilst outdoor pitches will be available on the day with set-up at 7.30am. Meanwhile keep up to date with all our news and events by following us on Twitter @TowyEvents or by liking our Facebook page.

All stands at the Collectors’ Fair and inside stands at the Fleas must be pre-booked.  Outside stands at the Flea can be had by turning up on the day and paying at the gate (£35). Gates open at 7.30 am for sellers.

The next Flea Market is on Sunday, 28th September 2014

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Visitors please note that admission for adults will be £4.00 to all events in 2014.

Further details may be had from Towy Events 01267 236569 or for details for exhibiting, please complete the form on the "Contact Towy Events" page of this website.

The Showground Postcode is SA33 5DR, but take care, your sat nav will take you to the farm across the main road, so look out for signs to the Showground when you get to within a mile of us.                                          

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