Well, what do you know, we’ve got another competition! Yes folks, that’s right, if you didn’t win the 1930s crochet hat you still could be in with a chance of winning two tickets to The Festival of Vintage at York Racecourse at the end of April.
I have never been to the Festival of Vintage before but the last few of years I have been very envious of everyone’s photos posted on social media from the event. It always looks amazing with so much going on. This well established event has been running for 7 years now and has become the place to go for all things nostalgic during the Spring. It’s no wonder really because it is lovingly put together by vintage aficionado Keeley Harris, author of Style Me Vintage Home (it’s a fabulous book, go and buy it!).
Of course, there will be loads of shopping to do with a whopping 200 hand-picked vintage sellers from across the UK and 50 top notch reproduction brands, selling vintage fashion, homewares, music and more, so be sure to bring lots of money! Some of my favourites will be there such as The House of Foxy (top left), Pretty Retro (top right), Miss Bamboo (bottom left) and 20th century Chap (bottom right) and you can bet they’ll be bringing their latest collections, so you’ll be among the first to get to try them on.
The Marks and Spencer Archive team will also be there providing a fashion show of their favourite vintage pieces, as well as doing a Q&A session. This should definitely not be missed as you will get the chance to speak to the experts who know everything about fashion and retail during your cherished decades. There will other unmissable fashion shows such as reproduction vintage from The House of Foxy and genuine vintage from Purple Rabbit Vintage, as well as other talks and the ever popular Best Dressed competition.
If you’re into your vintage music or love a chance to get up on the dance floor and show off your moves, there will be a plethora of acts to provide those all important tunes. Each one performs their own unique take on different styles of the past and on Saturday make sure you catch The Ashby Tea Dance Band, The Roachville Rockers and many more. Then on the Sunday you’ll be treated to The Bevin Boys, The Jive Aces and Ma Bessie to name a few.
And if you’ve never been brave enough to try Lindy Hop, the Charleston, or any of the other well-known dance style of the 1930s – 1960s, then why not take advantage of the many dance lessons available. Each one comes free as part of your ticket, so there’s no excuse to not give it a go.
But if dancing isn’t your thing, then why not try your hand at one of the many crafting workshops available throughout the weekend. Each one is themed around the Make Do & Mend philosophy of the the mid-20th Century. The Blacksmith Shop Crafts will be providing the all important guidance to get you fixing up your beloved vintage pieces and make them last for many years to come.
And, if that wasn’t enough for you, there’ll be an impressive classic car display outside, the Vintage Chaps Lounge, the Collectors Corner, and The Vintage Beauty Parlour who will expertly create the look you want from your chosen era through hairstyling and makeup. Just be sure to book a slot in advance by contacting them before you go as they’re filling up fast.
So, have I convinced you? If the answer is yes, then all you need to do is leave a comment below telling me why you’d want to go and one winner will be chosen at random to win two tickets for the entire weekend. Just remember you will need to make your own way there, so make sure you’re able to go before entering.
The giveaway runs from today’s date (3rd April 2017) until 11:59 GMT on Sunday 9th April 2017.
The Festival of Vintage is held at York Racecourse, York, YO23 1EX on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd April. Advance tickets are on-sale now via the website or can be bought on the door priced at £12 per adult per day & accompanied children under 16 years are FREE. Doors open from 10am-5pm both days.