Vintage and Handmade Festival returns

Published on: 13 April 2022

The Vintage and Handmade Festival is back at the Royal Air Force Museum on 7-8 May 2022, celebrating music, fashion, design, and style through the decades.  The festival brings together vintage retailers and craft stalls with an exciting programme of music and family entertainment.

From the glamorous art deco era of the 1920s, through to the bold colours and power suits of the 1980s, vintage fashion stalls are front and centre of this event. Browse an extensive collection of iconic clothing and accessories, including hats, handbags, stockings and suspenders, perfect for vintage fans looking for a new addition to their wardrobe. Stalls selling vintage homeware, memorabilia and collectibles will make the festival a collector’s dream!

In the Handmade Marquee visitors will find local creators showcasing and selling their handcrafted products, with some live demonstrations. Items on offer include everything from pottery and metalwork, to jewellery, beeswax products, stained glass items and more! It’s the ideal opportunity to purchase a unique gift, or perhaps a treat for yourself.

There will be plenty of live music taking place over the festival weekend for visitors to sing along and dance to. From 20s and 30s show tunes, to 40s swing and 60s and 70s pop, there will be musical genres to suit all tastes.

A variety of vintage cars and caravans will be on display alongside the Museums aircraft over the festival weekend. Re-enactment groups will be engaging visitors with period settings, talks, demonstrations and displays.

Family friendly activities await the Museum’s youngest visitors. There will be plenty of fun at the vintage fairground with swing boats, chair o planes, coconut shy and high strike. Step aboard the Hercules for stories about dragons, Norse gods and fairies from the storyteller, or dress up and take a souvenir picture in the vintage photo booth.

A pop-up beauty parlour with a team of beautifiers will be creating authentic vintage looks with both hair and makeup!  Why not treat yourself to some victory curls and the perfect lip and liner by booking yourself in the parlour for a vintage make over? Appointments are available to book on the day.

Festival goers can enjoy a unique gin tasting experience on board the VC10 aircraft! During this light-hearted and fun 45-minute session hosted by experts from the Gin Jamboree, attendees will sample four gins and learn about the history of gin making. There are four gin flights available both days, sessions cost £15.00 per person (over 18’s only). Tickets must be booked in advance when you book your Vintage and Handmade Festival tickets online.

After perusing the vintage market and enjoying some of the weekend’s entertainment, visitors can grab a bite to eat from the tasty line-up of street food vendors. Enjoy everything from Asian flavours to American style hot dogs, jacket potatoes and venison burgers, with plenty of sweet treats on offer too including ice creams, candyfloss and donuts.

The Vintage and Handmade Festival will open from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 May. Advanced tickets priced at £5 adult, £3 child and £12 family are now available to purchase CLICK HERE.

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