Vintage festival ready for take-off
Published on: 6 August 2019
Date: 17-18 August 2019
Time: 10.00am-4.00pm (last admission 3pm)
Cost: £5 adult / £2 child (5-15 years / under 5’s free) / £14 family (2 adults and up to 4 children)
The Vintage and Handmade Festival is making a return to the Royal Air Force Museum Midlands on 17-18 August, celebrating music, fashion, design and style through the decades, from the glamorous art deco era of the 1920s, through to the bold colours and power suits of the 1980s.
Now in its second year, the festival will bring together a wide range of vintage retailers selling everything from art prints, vintage jewellery, glassware, bags, vintage clothing, crockery, bowties and homeware….with 18 dedicated vintage stalls, the festival is a collectors dream!
NEW for 2019 is an impressive selection of vintage wedding dresses, gowns, three piece suits, bridesmaid dresses and RAF uniforms, uniquely displayed on board the Hercules aircraft. Vintage lovers can step inside for a close view of the wedding display, with experts on hand to talk through the styles and of course there will be plenty of time to view the aircraft interior.
Head into the handmade marquee where you will find over 30 craft stalls and some of the best local creators exhibiting their handcrafted products. Items on offer range from stained glass creations, chainsaw carved garden decorations, products made from beeswax, industrial lighting and furniture, to unique cards and gifts, upcycled jewellery, decorative wreaths, chocolates and preserves. If you’d like to learn more about crafts and how some of the items are made, step onto the VC10 aircraft where craft demonstrations will run throughout the day.
There will be plenty of live music taking place over the festival weekend for visitors to sing along and dance to including performances from The Ronnies, a four-piece close harmony group singing swing style songs from the 1940s and Miss Fortunes who will be treating festival goers to some 50s and 60s rock ‘n’ roll. Vintage Rewind, is a DJ with a difference, playing music from as early as 1910 through to early 80s, guaranteed to get you up and dancing. Vanesa Lee and Keep Calm and Carrie-Anne both vintage vocalists with retro style and panache in abundance will be performing classics from the 40’s and 50’s as well as modern pop songs with a jazzy twist.
For those who really want to get into the vintage vibe, 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? For the men, a converted American Airstream has been transformed into a mobile barber shop. They will be offering kerbside cutting, retro grooming, convenience clipping, wet shaves and hot towels, plus a range of male grooming products. Appointments are available to book on the day.
Once your hair and make-up is done, head over to ‘Betsy’, a unique vintage caravan photo booth full of memorabilia and props. Type a note on the old typewriter or relax on a deckchair with a vintage magazine. Use the props, military uniforms and strike a pose! Purchase a Polaroid type photo to remember your day for just £2.50.
If you have any young inspiring crafters in the house, head to the ‘Mini Makers’ tent which will be packed full of activities for little crafters. From 11.00am-1.00pm make your own peg plane or from 2.00pm to 4.00pm create your own RAF badge. These drop-in sessions are suitable for children aged 7-14 (younger children may need assistance) and cost £3 per person. Places are limited to 30 children per session so to guarantee your place, book online now. Spaces on the day will be subject to availability.
There will be plenty of fun at the fair with swing boats, chair o planes, coconut shy and high strike, plus much more in the vintage fairground, an exciting new addition to this year’s festival. It’s just £1 per go or seven for £5 with prizes available.
Re-enactment groups will also get visitors engaged with period settings, talks, demonstrations and displays. A collection of vintage vehicles will also be dotted around the festival for visitors to peruse.
After perusing the vintage market and enjoying some of the weekends entertainment, visitors can relax in the vintage tea room and enjoy homemade cakes with a cup of tea served in china cups and saucers. Or why not grab a bite to eat from the tasty line-up of street food vendors including Larkin’s fish and chips, gourmet burgers and hotdogs served from The Little Retro Kitchen’s American Airstream, Halloumi fries from Nosh2Go and Mrs Patel’s Indian Gujarati food. Plus, there will be real dairy ice-creams, sorbets and milkshakes on offer from The Shropshire Ice Cream Company while Van Chaud will be serving freshly ground coffees and crepes, both from their vintage vehicles. For anyone who wants to enjoy a tipple at the festival, keep a look out for the Fire Bar who will be providing a full bar service from their converted fire engine.
The Vintage and Handmade Festival will run from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August and admission is just £5 per adult, with family rates available. Tickets to the festival are now available to purchase in advance CLICK HERE. Festival goers will also be able to enjoy exploring the aircraft and exhibits on display at the RAF Museum Midlands – with their wristband on, they can pop in and out of the festival to visit the Museum throughout the day.
In addition to the parking at the Museum, there will be a FREE vintage shuttle bus operating from the large car park at Cosford train station over the festival weekend. The bus will run continuously throughout the day and will drop visitor’s right at the entrance to the festival! Disabled parking is available at the Museum and only assistance dogs are permitted into the festival and Museum hangars.