When: 3rd & 4th September 2016
Where: Morecambe, Lancashire
£: Free (some events are ticketed)
What is it?
Vintage by the Sea will take place on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September in Morecambe. The event will have a vintage fairground, workshops, dancing, games, food, and classic vehicles.
Vintage by the Sea is returning to Morecambe for the fourth season, to celebrate the brilliance of 20th century design, fashion, vehicles and entertainment, with a special focus on the British seaside. The festival programme will aim to bring vibrancy and creativity to Morecambe’s Promenade, and support regeneration in the seaside resort.
Highlights will include walkabout and pop up performances all weekend, with brand new acts including the Yorkshire Life Aquatic and Dry Land Synchronised Swimming Team. The team recreate the fun and glamour of vintage synchronised swimming, in and out of water, including in parks and pools, on beaches, and even in fountains.
Enjoy Cheesy Riders by Fairly Famous, a family show with a dazzling cocktail bar, slick skills, cheesy tunes, and an outrageous 60s makeover for one lucky volunteer. Look out for Jean and Morag the Tea Ladies, and the cheeky chappy Viv the Spiv.
Vintage art and craft workshops will include Macrame for Morecambe with The Craft Lab, and the Mobile Milliner, Mary Jane Baxter, helping visitors make their own up-cycled vintage-style Seaside Turban.
To mark the centenary year of the author Roald Dahl, whose birthday falls just after the festival, join artist Anna Read for a specially commissioned workshop. Delightfully Dahl – Adventures through the Decades will immerse children in reading, sculpture and play.
On Saturday, the spectacular RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will see a Lancaster Bomber, Spitfire, and Hurricane pass over Morecambe Bay.
Also on Saturday, join Sustrans and Morecambe Bay Partnership to experience the Morecambe Bay Cycle Way with a Vintage Bike Ride from Lancaster to Morecambe. Bring your classic racer, sit up and beg, or 60s shopper.
It will be an opportunity to explore the natural landscape of the district with all the family, and arrive at the festival in style. There will be prizes for the best bike, best dog and owner, best dressed, and best family group.
It wouldn’t be a vintage festival without music, so get ready for Cafe del Morecambe. For everything from yacht pop, Saint Tropez 60s pop, and lovers rock, to cool lounge and Balearic beats, head to the Rotunda Bar at the Midland Hotel.
The Routemaster Bus Bar, in association with the Reboot Project, will be rebootin’ soulful music. Live music on the Melodrome Stage will have a full day of swing, rock n roll, jive and rockabilly for the Let it Rock Saturday, then an eclectic mix of vintage classics on the Soul, Funk & Jazz Sunday.
Cross the Tracks will celebrate a true vintage love affair of club and DJ culture. This is Vintage by the Sea’s Saturday night after party, featuring 60s Northern Soul, 70s funk, dancefloor jazz, disco and rare groove, through to 80s hip hop, electro and boogie, and onto 90s house music. This event is ticketed.
The iconic art deco Midland Hotel will have a glamorous evening of 1940s entertainment with The Torch Club Ball. Music comes from The New Squadronaires, a big band originally formed in 1941 as a British service band.
Also expect expert dance tuition from teachers Hoc and Mark. The Midland chefs have devised a four course menu and cocktails, inspired by the music and songs of the era. This event is ticketed.
Take time out in the Vintage Tea Room and enjoy some light-hearted competition with free vintage board games from throughout the decades, with the The Vintage Boardgames Cafe.
The market at Vintage by the Sea promises some of the best vintage traders. Expect to see the finest selection of mid-century modern homewares, records, music memorabilia, and up-cycled ephemera.
The Makers Market will pack an extra punch this year, with more than double the makers stalls. Crafters and artists from across the North West will be setting up shop at The Midland for the weekend. Taking over the Eric Gill room, the Makers Market is packed with illustrators and artists, bakers and confectioners, felters, jewellers, and painters.
Enjoy brilliantly conceived food and cocktails, and the finest mobile eateries serving street food, coffee, cocktails, and craft beer, from vintage vans.
The Classic Car Show will roll into town on Saturday and Sunday, bringing a visually stunning selection of classic cars together in front of the Midland Hotel.
The vehicle show will celebrate timeless vintage automotive design. Look out for a collection of Alvis vehicles dating from 1919 through to 1967, a 1928 Ford Model ‘A’ Phaeton, and two Zundapp Bella 200 scooters, which were the last of the Bella scooters made before the factory closed. Visitors will be invited on-board a 1966 Leyland Leopard, which once operated in the Lake District and Morecambe.