The Rock Gem ‘n’ Bead Shows are large events where you can find a wide range of traders selling rocks, minerals, fossils (including dinosaur poo!), gemstones, gem-set jewellery and more. I have been to the Kempton Park Race Course event on several occasions and can promise you it’s a real Aladdin’s cave. I’ve bought some of my favourite silver jewellery there as well as loose sapphires and tanzanite and jewellery making tools. The quality of the items for sale is very good and it’s a great day out.
Of the West of England events I have only been to the Midlands Bead Fair which takes place in October every year. Here, you can find traders selling beads, wire, findings, books, lampwork supplies and semi precious stones. It’s very good for beads, especially seed beads.
Here are the dates and links for the first three months of the year. These have been taken from the respective organisers’ websites and I recommend you check that the dates are still correct nearer the time if you intend to visit:
19 and 20 January: The Hop Farm Rock ‘n’ Gem Show, Paddock Wood, Kent
26 and 27 January: Rock Gem ‘n’ Bead Show, Chepstow Race Course, Monmouthshire
03 February: London Bead Fair, Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury TW16 5AQ
16 and 17 February: York Rock Gem ‘n’ Bead Show, York Race Course
02 and 03 March: Rock Gem ‘n’ Bead Show, Copthorne Hotel, Dudley, West Midlands
09 and 10 March: Rock ‘n’ Gem Show, Kempton Park Race Course, Staines, Middlesex
Sunday 17 March: Kent Bead Fair, Ashford International Hotel, Ashford, Kent
23 and 24 March: Brighton Rock Gem ‘ Bead Show, Brighton Race Course