THE PANTILES ARCADE July 21
Built in 1802 and situated on the Lower Walk in The Pantiles, the building was formerly the Tunbridge Wells Theatre. It later became the Corn Exchange and was extensively re-constructed in 1989 where it housed 'A Day at The Wells' exhibition, highlighting the history of the town. This was closed in 2004 with the ground floor of the main building continuing to house several small retail units and a café. In 2016 it was extensively refurbished and stood largely empty until 2021.
In July 2021, Eric Knowles (Chairman of Scottish Antiques and presenter of The Antiques Roadshow) took the main internal area along with most of the retail units, showcasing a wide selection of collectable and decorative items from the 17th century to the present day. These include silver, glass and porcelain, along with a range of art deco furniture by The Design Gallery and an amazing display of chandeliers by Wilkinson Ltd.