The antique exhibition in Newark-on-Trent is one of the most important visitor magnets in the east of the English county of Nottinghamshire. The Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair, which is about a two-hour drive from the English capital, London, is the largest antiques exhibition in Europe and one of the largest in the world. Around 4,000 different dealers from all over the world offer countless antiques in ten huge exhibition halls on the approximately 84 hectare site. The extensive offer ranges from valuable carpets to antique jewelry and crockery to toys, paintings and handmade metalwork from different eras. Again and again new areas are added to the program of the antique exhibition,
Exhibition six times a year
The three-day exhibition takes place every two months. Not only dealers and buyers cavort in the halls, but also numerous celebrities from all over the world. Visitors to the international antiques exhibition in Newark include “bargain hunters” as well as many passionate collectors of antiques. Free parking spaces are available for visitors in front of the exhibition grounds. When visiting Nottinghamshire, you shouldn’t miss the antiques exhibition in Newark and the historical surroundings with its many underground caves.
Warwick Castle is one of Britain’s most important and best-preserved medieval landmarks. The castle stands on a cliff on the River Avon, which crosses the city of Warwick. Warwick is the capital of the county of Warwickshire in central England and a popular destination for sightseeing and study trips. Warwick Castle is used extensively for tourism and is the destination of more than 50,000 visitors a year.
Warwick Castle: More than 1100 years of history
The castle was expanded into a strategically important fortress around 1068 and offered the population protection and a livelihood for many centuries. The predominantly agricultural area around the castle was redesigned as a garden landscape in the middle of the 16th century. Today’s park landscape has an area of 26 hectares and extends around the castle and through the interior. It was planned and laid out by the renowned English garden architect Capability Brown.
The castle residence and living quarters are decorated and furnished in a Victorian style. There are daily guided tours through the many halls and chambers, but also armories, dungeons and outbuildings. For those interested in history, the medieval structure is particularly interesting, which visitors can experience on a special tour through the towers and along the defensive walls. There are also various themed tours, live performances, festivals, eagle air shows and other events. Special spectacles maintain and reinforce the reputation of Warwick Castle as a “ghost castle”.
An English baroque dream
It is one of those mansions where a very specific film is playing in your mind’s eye: snorting horses, a tea party on a green lawn, staff who stand in line when the gentlemen arrive. Castle Howard in the North Yorkshire region of Great Britain suggests this and much more. The imposing property, 40 kilometers north of the city of York, is the first baroque building in England and is now more than ever a valuable sight. The breathtaking architecture continues inside with vault paintings, precious paintings and art objects. The huge park with ancient rose cultivars, the wooded paths and the huge lake with its incomparable fauna and flora is a green work of art even by British standards.
New impulses for the simple island architecture
At the time of construction from 1699, the baroque style was relatively unknown on the island. When the main work on the building was almost finished in 1712, it met with a tremendous response. The British nobility were enraptured. With Castle Howard began an unparalleled success story of the Baroque, which was immediately called the English Baroque. The architecture in Great Britain, which had hitherto been rather strict and simple, received completely new impulses. The architects adopted the playful ornamentation, the swinging forms, the columns and statues. A real baroque boom set in, which student travelers who drive through the English countryside today can see for themselves everywhere.
Backdrops for film and television
This first baroque original on British soil has, how could it be otherwise, been the setting for television and cinema productions on several occasions. Brideshead Revisited was filmed there, starring Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews. John Vanbrugh would have loved it. The then completely inexperienced architect, who was actually a playwright, occupied himself with the remainder of Castle Howard’s expansion throughout his life. Even though most parts of the manor were habitable in 1709, there was still a lot to be completed. The west wing was not finished until after his death.