This September transport yourself back to the 40s at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham at what the Daily Telegraph called: “One of Britain’s Best Vintage Festivals”, and looking at this year’s line-up, we quite agree. Girls, get those victory rolls and that red lipstick picture perfect, and guys, get that natty suit on and don your best hat and enjoy a jam-packed weekend stepping back in time.
Experience the nostalgic sights and sounds of an era when steam and world class engineering powered the country! When you visit the Vintage & Steam Show, you can enjoy all the bustle and excitement of a traditional steam festival, with fantastic full size and miniature steam engines on display and working around the museum’s fascinating 40 acre site in the South Downs National Park, which also contains wonderful buildings rescued from throughout south-east England and artefacts from architectural and agricultural history.
The 15th Century Grand Manor at Firle Place is located in the quintessentially English South Downs and is the back-drop for Firle Vintage Fair – a celebration of antiquities of the past. A host of cherry-picked antique and vintage stalls will be there including French brocante, haberdashery and the latest crafting trends, plus Danish design, vintage fashion, country interiors and gardenalia.
Now in its 14th year, Summertime Swing started life as a small, intimate gathering with The Jive Aces band just inviting friends and local dancers. Now it’s grown into a huge event, and last year over 1,600 people attended and the raised £20,000 for various charities, which is great achievement!
We here at VE were delighted to hear of an event dedicated to the Peaky Blinders style of the 1920s, which in complete contrast to the 1940s themed events taking place across the country, will be glitsy, glamourous and altogether a whole lot more jazzy!
If you fancy spending the weekend in Wartime Britain get yourself along to Black Country Living Museum for their 1940s Weekend. The entire museum, set across 26-acres of recreated period houses and shops, will be transformed as vintage vehicles, 40s civilians, army personnel and the sound of air raid sirens fill the streets.
A new event is coming to Stansted Park this summer, bringing with it whimsical charm and British eccentricity. Experience a magical step back in time, view an incredible selection of classic cars, shop vintage style, dine on British street food and dance the day away all in one glorious setting.
Retro Festival started 11 years ago in Berkshire, later moving to a larger venue at Newbury Showground, and has since become the largest festival of all things past in the UK. Two years ago, the organisers decided to duplicate this successful recipe and bring it further north to Newark.
There is a little known secret weekend away that you simply must pencil in your diary; The Vintage Nostalgia Festival held at Stockton Park in Wiltshire – an area of outstanding natural beauty. It’s the perfect place to live life through rose tinted specs – for the weekend at least!