Ilkley Playhouse Vintage Fair

Ilkley Playhouse Vintage Fair was the first fair I ever organised, back in Easter 2015. It is still going strong and runs twice a year, usually on Easter Saturday and the last Saturday of October. We take over the whole of the Playhouse for the day, with beautiful vintage goods on sale, as well as retro hair and make up makeovers and a tea room with the most tempting cake selection in Yorkshire.

Ilkley Vintage Fair Autumn 2018

  • Saturday 27th October 2018
  • 10am – 4pm
  • Entry fee: £1 (Under 16s FREE))

This year’s autumn Ilkley Vintage Fair takes place on Saturday 27th October. Doors open at 10am and close at 4pm. It is the eighth time the Playhouse has hosted this event and it continues to go from strength to strength with a mixture of new and returning traders.

Where to Find Us

Ilkley is situated to the north-west of Bradford and Leeds, about half an hour’s drive from both, in West Yorkshire. Trains run from Ilkley to both cities, taking a similar amount of time to reach their destination.

The fair takes place in the Ilkley Playhouse, utilising the whole of the foyer, cafe, bar and Wildman Theatre. You’ll find the theatre on Weston Road, just off the main A65 Leeds Road. The back of the Playhouse looks out onto the River Wharfe. Take a note of the location, as it is a little tucked away, or look out for the man carrying a placard around the town centre all day (my husband), who will help you find the venue.

There is paid parking in town, or you could park for free on Brook Street/New Brook Street. there are often spaces across the other side of the bridge, on the way towards Ilkley Lido, which is still well within walking distance.

What to Expect at the Fair

The Ilkley fair is home to 20 stalls, run by traders offering all sorts of vintage goodies from the 1920s to the 1980s. Expect homeware, kitchenware, clothes for men and women, pictures, books, toys, furniture and all sorts of other desirable items. They range from classic elegant designs to super kitsch items, with everything else in between.

We usually have vintage makeovers available on the day. You can have your hair or make up expertly styled. there is also a tea room, featuring hot and cold drinks as well as delicious cakes that will help refuel you after some serious shopping.