It was a lovely weekend for a trip to the seaside, and so the perfect opportunity to visit the Vintage by the Sea Festival in Morecambe. It’s the third time that Morecambe has hosted this fun vintage extravaganza, and it was great to see it so well attended – the whole town was filled with people of all ages!
The art deco backdrop of the Midland Hotel provided the centrepiece for the day, with a vintage car rally and vintage fashion fair taking place out front, a Pimms bar out back, and vintage craft workshops and a hair and beauty salon inside. But if you’re anything like me then food and drink is the top priority, and thankfully there were plenty of food festival stalls to go at, including cream teas and lawn games in the Promenade Gardens. A trip to the seaside is not complete without fish and chips followed by ice cream though, and I was not disappointed. There were stalls for everything!
We really enjoyed the festival in the sunshine. The whole of the area surrounding the Midland Hotel and the Promenade was filled with entertainers, street theatre performers, a cockney sing-along, live music, swing dance workshops and a traditional Punch and Judy show. Because we went down on Sunday we missed out on the WW11 RAF flypast on the Saturday, but we had a giggle at the fun dog show – “Pooch Parade”. Basically there was loads going on for all the family, and it was nice to see a lot of the visitors getting into the vintage spirit with their fashion choices too. Some went the whole hog and were decked out in full forties and fifties outfits. I just gave a little nod to the theme with my hairstyle, as did our doggy with her vintage ribbons.
I’d definitely recommend a trip down to Morecamble for next year’s event if it takes place for a fourth year. The seaside really is the perfect place for a vintage festival!
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