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Situated in the heart of the East Sussex countryside; Trading Boundaries is a quirky retail destination specialising in antique Indian furniture and handicrafts . We pride ourselves on having one of the largest and most interesting collections of vintage world furniture in the UK. Our sussex showroom is situated in a grade II listed old Georgian coaching inn and features over ten thousand square feet of vintage retail space. Full to the brim with stunning furniture and stylish handicrafts that stand the test of time.
The showroom also has fully-licensed Café-Bar with a delicious menu and outdoor decking, as well as garden play areas for the kids. Relax with friends our enjoy live music on bank holidays or at our Sunday Jazz Brunch.
At night the Trading Boundaries Café transforms into an award winning live music venue hosting concerts from amazing bands in an intimate restaurant setting. We ’ve been lucky enough to see artists such as: Rick Wakeman, The Brand New Heavies, Toyah Wilcox and Steve Hackett among many others perform on our stage, and we sell out quickly so keep an eye on our what's on page to guarantee you can make it!
Take a stroll around our upstairs Gallery to browse the art of renowned album artist Roger Dean. Roger is best known for his genre-defining work with bands such as YES, Asia & Uriah Heap as well as many others. Examples of his iconic graphic design are currently on display in London's V&A museum. Every year we host an annual Exhibition between October - December.
Take a stroll in our courtyard garden to browse our independant boutiques selling everything from natural beauty products to artisan flowers, chic garden decor, formal summer hats and stunning womenswear. Our Courtyards 'Stable-Bar' has also recently opened as a bespoke fitness space, offering tailored gym sessions, group fitness classes and personal training.
Trading Boundaries is situated on the A275 just north of Chailey and a 15minute drive from Haywards Heath and Uckfield mainline stations, we are family and pet friendly feel free to bring the children or the dogs to have a unique afternoon at one of Sussex’s best kept secrets!
For over 20 years our directors Michael & Tracy have been importing antique furniture from India. We have developed a fantastic network of suppliers from across the country and hand-pick only the most interesting pieces for our Sussex showroom.
All of our vintage pieces are hand-crafted from reclaimed Indian wood and re-purposed into functional and beautiful furniture. We take pride in the quality of our items and are passionately active in every stage of our production process. One of the wonderful things about vintage furniture is the uniqueness of the design, as no two pieces are ever the same we can guarantee that an item is the only piece of it's like in the world.
As our products are crafted from a variety of different woods and in many different styles, choosing a piece for a specific spot in your home can be somewhat of a challenge. Our friendly, knowledgable staff are on hand 7 days a week to help you correctly measure, fit and design pieces to fit together beautifully in your home. We can train you in how to care & maintain different types of wood as well as how to buff, wax and shine your purchase to keep your furniture looking fantastic & healthy.
Enjoy lunch, brunch, coffee or cakes in our fully-licensed cafe-bar. Featuring deliciously designed menus and a wide variety of healthy soft drinks and alcohol. Grab a glass of wine or a coffee and stroll the showrooms, or simply relax on our ornate wooden decking, while the little ones enjoy yummy kids meals and maybe a game of 40/40 in our garden play area.
We serve brunch everyday, but every other Sunday of the month we have live Jazz playing in the café or outside on the decking. Head over between 10am - 3pm to enjoy a chilled morning of live music and delicious eggs benedict (or our locally-sourced full english !). A perfect chance to get out for the morning or catch up with friends in our relaxed ambient cafe.
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Expect fantastic live music and TBs signature charcoal-grill out in style on any big bank holiday weekends. We usually set up several large marquees with live music as well as several outdoor bars and courtyard events. Children's entertainment is usually happening in the courtyard too with face painting, ice-cream stands and balloon-magicians.
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At night our café-bar transforms into an atospheric, candle-lit live music venue hosting artists from around the world. Enjoy incredible live performances in an intimate restaurant setting, right up-close and personal with world famous musicians and bands.
We don't limit ourselves when it comes to music, and we really do pride ourselves on being a venue created by music lovers, for music lovers. Expect a wide variety of live music, from jazz, to prog & classic rock, opera, blues, acoustic nights, story-teller sessions, to soul and funk. Have a look at our What's Onpage to check upcoming concerts & events.
Our stage showcases an antique Indian theme and is supported by a full spec sound & lighting system designed for much larger venues so guests really are in for a show! Dining guests will be served a delicious 2 course dinner, including dessert and a main from our bespoke event menus (veggie & vegan options always available) and then kick back and enjoy the concert.
We recommend dining tickets to our events as we really are all about dinner & a show, but if you want to come along just for the music you are more than welcome, we sell standing tickets for most of our concerts, and allocated standing areas and bar are available on gig nights.
Due to the small size of our venue, shows sell out really fast so if you see someone you like we recommend you book quickly so as not to miss out.
Over the years we've been lucky enough to see some incredible performers on the trading boundaries stage, with unforgettable shows from artists such as: Steve Hackett, Steve Howe, The Brand New Heavies, Rick Wakeman, Greg Lake, Focus, Carl Palmer, Wallis Bird and The Blockheads among countless others. For a full list of past concerts have a look at our Past Concerts page.
For a number of years trading boundaries has been the home to the iconic artwork of acclaimed album designer & architect Roger Dean. Roger is most famous for his work on album covers for bands such as YES, Asia, Uriah Heep & Pink Floyd, but is also a notable designer having created instantly recognisable logos and artwork for companies such as Tetris, Virgin & Starbucks.
Visit our upstairs fine art gallery to browse original artwork, sketches and prints from the fantastic mind that inspired a generation. Private views can be arranged upon request.
Every year we host an annual Roger Dean exhibition, generally between October & December. View iconic originals and sketches as our showroom walls are transported into Roger's world, featuring paintings and works that are not exhibited anywhere else in the world.
In recent years trading boundaries has begun exhibiting Rogers work at many international art fairs, fine art shows and events around the globe. We regularly exhibit in the US & Singapore as well as touring with the band YES on several of their recent world tours. For a full list of upcoming exhibitions, international and at home, visit our Exhibitions Page.
If you head through our café-bar and out to the garden you will find a selection of wonderful, independent courtyard shops. Selling everything from chic womenswear, jewellery, stunning hat rental and natural therapies, to wines, gifts, flowers and garden furniture. We even have a new gym and fitness centre that has recently opened in the stable bar, offering personal training, fitness classes and membership. Don't miss our barn full of stunning architectural salvage pieces from India that are simply too big to fit in the main showroom!
Each of boutiques is independently owned so make sure to check their official opening hours on the Courtyard Page as some may vary slightly from regular showroom hours.
On some days the courtyard hosts outdoor events such as a pop-up farmers market, fancy-dress on world author days and bank holiday fun when we've all got the long weekend. Check out our Courtyard Events Page to see what's on in the near future.