Britain Does Vintage 2015

Sunday, 14 June 2015
The Big Weekend, (Britain Does Vintage)

Hi everyone! In a previous post I mentioned I had been invited along to a vintage event by ‘Britain Does Vintage – to blog about their very Big Vintage Weekend! It was held in the grounds of the beautiful Scampston Hall; hosting a a two day vintage festivial! Here is my review!

Me and my vintage friend Charlotte (lottieslot.blogspot.co.uk)
stood outside the main entrance of the hall

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Scampston Hall is a beautiful country house and gardens, situated just out of Malton in North Yorkshire, a big area hidden among the beautiful countryside. The journey was relatively easy for me as I come from York and is roughly a 35 minute drive! I even got my first drive out in my new car Nero! I think he liked it!:)

The event was well advertised, with medium sized signs on the roadside to guide people in. The tickets bought for the Vintage weekend were £17 each – however this includes access to the beautiful walled gardens of Scampston Hall – which normally charge £8 entry! The staff and security were incredibly efficient and helpful, giving out different coloured wristbands for different ticket holders, checking entry into the gardens!

Entering the grounds of the ‘mysterious’ Scampston Hall (I had never heard of it before!!) I was introduced to the beautifully decorated garden! It was a simplistic, minimal but very effective decoration – handmade bunting hung within the central garden, and the big white tent being directly opposite the hall – allowing this wonderful composition of Scampston Hall as the central background.

The ‘beautiful’ British weather as usual, threatened the event with rain showers; which I believe was the cause of Saturday event to be more of an intimate meeting. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing – it was perfect for an afternoon or evening of relaxation, dancing lessons and listening to the vintage music. However, the weather unfortunately caused the music to be sheltered, rather than on the gorgeous terrace! However, this event is very British – and we Britains are made to deal with rain, and not to let it ruin our days!

The dancefloor was located inside a big white tent along with and array of tables decorated in vintage tablecloths and beautiful floral candles, a perfect shelter from the possible showers!The first 2 and half hours were dedicated to the wonderful dancers of ‘The Back Step Boogie Club’ – who got people in the vintage spirit by teaching moves of a variety of vintage dances!

Both days involved Vintage Afternoon Teas; a variety of cakes and sandwiches presented in beautiful vintage tea stands! I’ve been to a few Britain Does Vintage events with this catering – and the food is absolutely scrumptious! There are the most beautiful cupcakes and quadruple layered rainbow cakes as well as a range of teas and coffee!

The Saturday consisted of mostly live dancing and music to introduce the event to the early arrivers. People travel from miles to this vintage event, so this relaxing atmosphere eases people into the proper vintage feel ready for Sunday! There was also ‘Glamping’ available – big Teepees situated in the next field, which was a really good idea for those who travel the distance, and can fully enjoy the festival from the beginning the next day!

The Fashion Show!

The Saturday also involved a fashion show later in the afternoon I knew from the beginning that this fashion show was going to be good; for one the dresses modelled where borrowed from stall holders and vintage designers! Similarly, the model’s tent was busy all day – showing that a lot of effort was going into an array of gorgeous vintage looks. The weather looked good at this point so I was so glad when the terrace of the Hall was used as the catwalk!

I was so surprised when the two radiant presenters explained that these girls are not professional – some had never even modelled before. They were all so good, and suited vintage down to a T!

Here are my photos from the fashion show:

I’d like to add that this last dress was bought a few weeks later…by me! I found it by chance at another vintage site – turns out it was the same one! Must be fate ❤

Back to the rest of the weekend…

I spent a couple of hours at the Sunday festival with my sister. The Sunday was A LOT busier – however A LOT more rainy, and I almost regretted wearing my black ballerina pumps and no socks = wet, grassy feet, boo! Oh well, the show must go on!

Everyone loves a purple Porsche!
However, the atmosphere was amazing – the quiet entrance grounds from the Saturday filled with an array of vintage cars! I never knew so many people liked cars so much because it was absolutely heaving! I managed to snap a few pictures of cars that I liked; mostly because of the colours haha!
Additionally the rain did not stop people from dressing vintage – the amount of beautiful and individual outfits were superb! My personal favourite are the more elderly guests, who dressed from their younger eras and looked absolutely stunning in bright 1940s hats and elegant brooches! Additionally, the Hall was open for the visitors today for £3 – probably a good idea to avoid the rain!

There was also a live Big band – which played a beautiful rendition of Moon River by Audrey Hepburn (my love of Audrey, visit my sister blog at mekbatchallenge.blogspot.co.uk) which I listened to while we ate crepes and drank daiquiri mocktails!

Everyone knows my love for hats!
Again, inside the grounds – the big white tent today was dedicated to the vintage stalls! A large enough space – however when a downpour occurred the tent itself was rammed and it was difficult to manouever around! However, this was good for stall holders as I managed to bag myself a beautiful sequin top and a 1960s Mod dress! I also picked up a Vintage Vogue Pattern to make my own blouses!

The beautiful jewellery stall!
As well as having vintage stalls of, clothes, antiques and homeware, and the beautiful beauty bar – there was also lots of free workshops, such as homemade pom poms and demonstrations on how to make your own unique bunting! I love the added creativity to this event; encouraging others to start including more vintage in their lives; in such an easy and purse friendly way!

Overall, I was very impressed at the turnout of this event, the weather didn’t really put many people off on the Sunday! It was a lovely event in a beautiful location. You should check out next years Big Vintage Weekend – fingers crossed the weather would be picnic friendly!

Hope you like! Megan :)xx

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