Visitors

FRIDAY 23 JUNE is TRADE DAY

SATURDAY 24 JUNE

SUNDAY 25 JUNE

10am – 5pm

Admission £10

Accompanied under 16s are free

Salvo Fair is the biggest annual exhibition of architectural salvage and antiques in the world, with garden antiques and salvage, reclaimed building materials, bygones, vintage, industrial, retro and upcycled products. Everything is for sale!  In June 2017, Salvo Fair will be held at Fawley Hill, near Henley on Thames RG9 3AP.

See YouTube for a Salvo Fair video (coming soon …)

HOW DO WE GET THERE?

Do not use your satnav to try and get to Fawley Hill. It will probably send you through the country lanes which will cause congestion around the village. We will try to make sure there are plenty of signs to keep you heading in the right direction.

See here for a map to download and print off (coming soon …)

BY CAR from M4/M40

1. Approaching via the M4 or M40, join the A404 Marlow road

2. Approaching Marlow,  join the A4155 Henley road

3. At 7mls turn right up Icehouse Lane

4. The fair entrance is half a mile up the lane on the right.

BY TRAIN

From London Paddington trains leave hourly to Oxford. Change at Twyford connection to Henley-on-Thames Station. Total journey takes around an hour, plus a taxi from Henley station to Fawley Hill is around £7 with Chiltern Cars Tel: 01491 578899.

IS THERE PARKING?

Yes, there is parking near to the fair site. There are special access roads behind the stands which can be used by people wishing to pick up items bought. Please do not struggle across the field to your car with heavy or awkward objects. Ask the exhibitor to carry the item, or to organise access for your car, then ask the exhibitor to put the item in your car. Please take special care when removing items when you get home, and make sure there are enough helpers to lift heavy or awkward items.

HOW DO I PAY FOR THINGS I WANT TO BUY?

There is cash machine on site. A very limited number of exhibitors will be able to accept credit or debit cards. The easiest way to pay is by cash. Exhibitors are unlikely to accept cheques.

IS THE FAIR OUTDOORS?

The fair is an outdoor event. Some pitches are covered by marquees. Every effort is made to ensure that the ground is safe, but if the weather is wet, the ground may be muddy, so please wear suitable footwear.

CAN WE BRING DOGS INTO SALVO FAIR?

Children under control are welcome on the Salvo Fair site. Dogs on leads are welcome on the fair site. We ask that EVERYONE TAKES SPECIAL CARE to avoid injury. Some Salvo Fair exhibits are big, heavy and sharp. Our advice is to leave children and dogs at home, or elsewhere on the Fawley Hill site, but we are not nannies and do not wish to prevent responsible adults from bringing children and dogs on to the site. JUST TAKE EXTRA CARE!

WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO WHEN WE GET IN?

Fawley Hill’s steam railway will be only be open to Salvo Fair visitors on Saturday and Sunday (not Friday’s Trade Day or Saturday). Lady Judith McAlpine writes…

The railway began slowly and No. 31 came in its early days: McAlpine’s very last working engine but even she was to be sold for scrap: so Sir William paid her scrap value and said “Send her home.” The story of her progress across the fields to Fawley Hill made it into the national papers. So, as the terrible race to “modernise” gripped the country and historic buildings were pulled down and replaced with concrete boxes (admittedly many being built by McAlpines!) or worse and stations began to close, with so much being broken up, melted down, thrown away: Sir William kept saying “Send it home”… and everything that came here was carefully preserved and lovingly placed in the garden or the museum which had started life as a home for his traction engines and the family car collection. “

“Eventually, of course, an entire station building was saved, sliced up, loaded onto lorries and brought here from Somersham to be reassembled and to play its part in the magic that is Fawley.  Often parked in the station is “GE 1″ the beautiful wooden private Saloon built for the Chairman of the Great Eastern Railway.  Being Canadian, he had it built with a “balcony” on which, presumably, to smoke his cigars as he toured his empire.  Two carriages from Royal Trains joined the collection: one Her Majesty’s private carriage and one the nursery coach for Prince Charles and Princess Anne. They are now permanently parked and and provide occasional spare bedrooms.”

“The whole station and museum complex and of course the trains are run by a dedicated band of enthusiastic volunteers.  They, rather confusingly, call themselves the Fawley Museum Society.  Without this happy, hard-working band, there would be no trains puffing up the hill.  It really IS the steepest standard gauge track in the world and keeping it in good order is no easy job.  Naturally, they are always looking for enthusiastic newcomers: so if interested: please ASK! Come and spend a day with them. They come from all walks of life and are united in their love of trains and the opportunity to play with such a big train set.  AND of course there are two mammoth 0-gauge layouts in the museum tended not just by the FMS but also by an 0-gauge group who meet here regularly.”

On Salvo Fair weekend a ride on the steam train will cost an extra £5 per person each.

WHAT MIGHT YOU FIND AT SALVO FAIR 2017?

Due to the nature of the businesses coming to the fair, it is often hard to know exactly what will be there. The following list will give you some ideas: Fireplaces, chimneypieces, doors, windows, radiators, statuary, seats, urns, troughs, tubs, garden, sundials, birdbaths, pergola, rose arches, railway sleepers, furniture, bathrooms, baths, basins, taps, toilets, tiles, brassware, knobs, handles, knockers, hinges, balls, finials, chairs, pews, altars, lecterns, stained glass, staircases, spirals, flooring, parquet, woodblock, floorboards, bricks, pavers, flagstones, york stone coping, pediments, balustrade, timber, oak pine, marble, trusses, beams, columns, pilasters, portico, cornice, dado, skirting, roof tiles, slates, ironwork, gates, railings, lighting, lamposts, kitchens, kitchenalia, sinks, post boxes, telephone boxes, cartwheels, shopfittings, butchers block, shingles, paling, craftspeople, restorers, experts, exhibition, demonstrations, green, traditional building, some repro and replica, fair trade, collectors.

WHERE CAN WE STAY?

Due to problems with previous bookings we have not secured rooms for Salvo Fair visitors and exhibitors, so please BOOK EARLY to avoid disappointment.

The Catherine Wheel, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2AR

Email: catherinewheelhotel@jdwetherspoon.co.uk Tel: 01491 848 484. £79 b&b. (9mins drive from Fawley Hill)

Please note the hotel is above a Weatherspoons pub which plays music til late on Friday and Saturday night. It is possible to request a quiet room. Parking must be booked at £5 per night.

Milsoms Hotel, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2HT

Email: henley@lochfyne.net Tel: 01491 845789 £95 b&b. (9mins drive from Fawley Hill)

One car parking space per room. Located above Loch Fyne Restaurant.

WHAT IS MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES?

At Salvo Fair you may see collection tins for Medecins Sans Frontieres. MSF is an international independent medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid in more than 60 countries to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or manmade disasters or exclusion from healthcare. www.msf.org.uk

WHAT ELSE DOES SALVO DO?

Salvo’s main website is www.salvoweb.com Here you’ll find dealers, for sale ads, wanted ads, theft alerts, auctions, fairs, directory and trade news.