In Issue 46

ROLL UP! ROLL UP! We’ve gone so darn colourful with this issue, you may need to grab your shades...

Whether you remember the 80s with fond nostalgia or have a new found appreciation for the period – boy, oh boy you’re in for a treat. We kick off with a throwback to our 80s-themed issue from four years ago, and we give you lucky readers a heads up on how to get hold of your very own copy. It’s the perfect introduction to Matt Fox’s collection of mindboggling 80s gadgets and memorabilia that comes next.

Part three of our series on Kitsch ceramics finds us in a holiday mood as we showcase a selection of bold and fantastical seaside, sailing and fishing scenes. And if you weren’t feeling ‘kitschy’ enough, sit back and let Stuart Webb tell the fascinating story of Vera Pegrum – the UK’s answer to Tretchikoff!

We then press on to the bright lights, sweet smells and weird atmosphere of the fair, and invite you to come take a look at the objects from traditional seaside attractions, fairgrounds and the circus that still have a magical quality about them. From hand-painted signs to knock down heads, this article offers all the fun of the fair... and then some! Spoiler alert: Clown mask on page 27...

For a bit of light relief, we head to a rather serene Modernist home by the sea – a dreamy four-bedroom house located on one of Hayling Island’s quietest streets, with panoramic views of the harbour... and it could be mine, all mine... and then I woke up! But actually it could be yours... if you have just over one million pounds to hand.

Even ‘Trading Places’ has turned up the colour in this issue with clowns, painted faces and ventriloquist dummies, and pastel pink interiors, vivid red and blue Union Jacks and scarlet tunics!

And if you’re looking to turn up the smells and sound to match, then waste no time getting stuck into our guide to vintage and motoring events – from the fuel filled dragstrip of Santa Pod to the deafening sounds of an air-raid at Chatham’s Historic Dockyard.

Finally, we sneak a peak inside an old cider factory in Devon that’s going through a refurb to become The Antiques Village; and get the heads up on a new design show coming to South East London this September.


This Month’s Cover: A selection of stock from the Ridding & Wynn shop. Courtesy of


Woo Gilchrist