Art and antiques at Blenheim Palace

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Blenheim Palace

The Cotswolds has long been a haven for art and antiques lovers and this weekend the grand Oxfordshire pile of Blenheim Palace will open its doors to aficionados.

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Blenheim Palace

The Cotswolds has attracted guests with its art and antiques as much as it has with its beautiful rolling hills and sleepy, idyllic honey-coloured villages. The trade has thrived here with the largest collection of dealers outside the capital.

The Cotswolds Art and Antique Dealers Association (CADA) was established to help encourage trade in the area and to help members successfully promote their collections. Each year CADA holds a fair and this year it will take place in the stunning setting of Blenheim Palace.

The four-day fair showcases a myriad of history and culture in the form of fine furniture, ceramics, fine art and decorative items. It is set in The Orangery and Campaign Rooms overlooking the Italian Gardens at Blenheim, making it a beautiful spring day out.

The fair is now in its third year and has established a firm following of art consultants, collectors, museum experts and the public.

Blenheim Palace was built in the early 18th century for the 1st Duke of Marlborough in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. Originally built to celebrate the victory over the French in the war of the Spanish Succession, the palace is the only non-royal and non-episcopal country house in England to be allowed to be called a palace. It is well-known as the birthplace and home of Winston Churchill and is the seat of the Dukes of Marlborough.

The CADA fair will run from Thursday 3 April to Sunday 6 April.

For more information on the beautiful fair and how to visit, see the website here.

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