I love September- its my birthday month which must have something to do with it, but I love the weather at this time of year. The crisp, brisk mornings and the sunny afternoons. There’s obviously that “back to school” feeling of fresh starts too- and the vintage scene comes back from its unofficial August break.
Some of these have already happened, seeing as I’m sharing this late- but worth a bookmark for next year… Please read on:
Braderie de Lille Flea Market, France
This is the biggest Flea Market in Europe, which plays host to 10,000 exhibitors!! Can you imagine?! This event is spread of the full two days, at least giving you the opportunity to attempt to see it all.
No cars are allowed in Lille city centre whilst this event is on so it’s all on foot or public transport. There are also funfairs and loads of parties and entertainment during this time.
Safe to say this event is on my bucket list.
International Autojumble, Hampshire
If you are into your vintage vehicles then this is the event for you, this event is jam packed with vintage and classic motoring ephemera including parts, clothing and literature. There is even cars for sale and auctions for collectors items.
It’s a huge event with over 2000 stands and admission starts at £12.50 depending on what type of ticket you want.
Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire
Vintage by the Sea, Lancashire
The second event at the stunning Art Deco Midland Hotel from Wayne Hemingway and his team at The Vintage Festival; Building on 2013’s anniversary edition there will be a vintage market place, dance lessons, a hair and beauty parlour. The promenade in front of the hotel promises to be jam packed with vintage activities and goings on.
The infamous Torch Club will be popping up again and guests can book special packages which include two nights’ accommodation with food and Torch Club entry.
Marine Rd W, Morecambe, Lancashire LA4 4BU
York Does Vintage, Yorkshire
This event includes free vintage workshops and an authentic tea room, no wonder it has won Outstanding Customer service 2013 at the York tourist board awards.
York is a fascinating and picturesque city and this fair is in the perfect setting of the Merchant Adventurers Hall- very apt for a vintage fair I think.
Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, Fossgate, YO1 9XD
- 12-14th Goodwood Revival, West Sussex
Immerse yourself in the nostalgia at one of the biggest and best vintage automobile events in the UK. One of the reasons Goodwood Revival is so good is because so many visitors make a huge effort to dress in a period style- usually 1940’s through to 1960’s.
This year they are even putting on Dressmaking Workshops before the big event so you have time to actually make yourself something with a vintage look. See here for further details http://grrc.goodwood.com/goodwood-revival/goodwood-revival-info/fashion-hair-make.
Musical acts are yet to be confirmed at time of writing but if last year’s event is anything to go by the bandstand will be rocking the whole weekend.
Tickets start from £44 for adults.
The Goodwood Estate, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PX
- 12th and 27th and 20th
Dapper Day, California, Florida & Paris respectively
Step out in style in the “happiest place on earth”- Disneyland! This is the Fall edition of the rather brilliant Dapper Day which thousands of well dressed types put on their finery- with many having a love of vintage, this is a sight to behold. See picture below of Lady Damfino- a total Disney babe, her outfits are so good. Worth a follow on Instagram here
Disney sells special rate tickets to, so if you are in the area make sure you go- I wish I were!
For those in Europe there will be a Dapper Day at Disneyland in Paris on the 20th September- check the website for details.
Blackburn Heritage Festival, Lancashire
From Victorian funfair rides to pop up Gin parlours and a Carnival of Curiosities- Blackburn is celebrating Heritage Open Days with the biggest one of them all- turning the whole town into one big Heritage Open day!
Why not go and check if there really is 4000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire?
Forth Birthday Bash Fair Vintage Village, Greater Manchester
This gem of a vintage fair in Stockport is celebrating its fourth birthday in September and it’s sure to be a day to remember. Multi award winning, it is really a must do on the vintage aficionado’s calendar now. It is known for only having traders who are selling goods at least twenty years old so you know that there will be no digging through lots of nineties (!!) things to get to what you want.
With the added bonus of a street food vendor or two, musical entertainment and a few other tricks up their dapper sleeves- don’t miss it. Entry £2.
Stockport Covered Market Hall, Market Place, Stockport, SK1 1EU
- 19th-21st Welsh Rockabilly Fair with Burlesque Fringe, South Wales
Flying the flag for Wales this month is this musical extravaganza! With loads of Rockabilly bands and the promise of Burlesque too (although no burlesque acts were listed at time of writing) get your dancing shoes on for a weekend of music and dance.
This is £70 for a weekend ticket with local accommodation including holiday parks and B&B’s.
Porthcawl, South Wales
Judys Vintage Kilo Sale, Oxford
Where else can you get a kilo of vintage for £15? With a cheap as chips entry fee of £1, there is literally nothing to lose on a visit here. Get there early for the best bits.
The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ
Vintage Fashions & Textiles Fair, Manchester
This annual longstanding event existed way before vintage became cool and will no doubt continue way after. A real Mecca for vintage and antique clothing, fabrics and haberdashery, the traders that stand here are extremely passionate about the items they sell. All indoors so no Mancunian weather will foil the vintage search at this venue.
From hats, to tablecloths, to antique military uniforms to shoes from the 1920’s that are far too small to wear but oh what a delight to look at. Great for handbags, wedding dresses, compacts, walking canes, spats, brooches and hat pins- if it sparkles- it’ll be here.
Entry is £4- but well worth that bit extra if you want something really special.
Armitage Centre, Moseley Rd, Manchester M14 6HE