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The Great Seaside Vintage Fair in Whitby

July 19, 2018

Modelling for The Great Seaside Vintage Fair with Caroline Brown (right) in the dressing rooms at Whitby Pavilion are Hannah Muirhead and Catriona Power.

This weekend sees the Great Seaside Vintage Fair take place at Whitby Pavilion, a fabulous event in a glorious setting.
Organised by Rose & Brown Vintage, the fair is now in its eight successive year and features more than 50 stalls of vintage fashion and homewares from the 1920s to the 1980s, offering everything under the vintage sun, from pretty frocks to vintage sunglasses, accessories and nostalgic including vintage books, old toys, small furniture, vintage suitcases, jewellery, plus antiques and collectables.
It is held in the Northern Lights Suite, perched above Whitby beach with enormous round windows looking out to sea. Whitby Pavilion, in case you haven’t been (and I hadn’t, until last month) is an atmospheric entertainment complex overlooking the sea with theatre, cinema, cafe and rooms and facilities for conferences, weddings and fairs. The original part, including the theatre, was built in 1878.
From the 1700s, Whitby’s West Cliff has been a genteel spot for sunbathing and beachside entertainments. There’s even a cliff lift, built in the 1930s, leading down to the beach and a long row of primary coloured beach huts, which are erected at the start of the summer and taken down at the end. Whitby residents say when that happens, they know the summer has ended for sure.

Hannah on the front at Whitby wearing vintage pieces by Rose & brown Vintage and Vintage-Beau.

The Great Seaside Vintage Fair covers the spectrum of genuine vintage, says Caroline, who is also an artist and runs Rose & Brown Vintage with her husband, Julian (they also organise the ever-popular Saltaire Vintage Home & Fashion Fair and the Saltaire Record & Retro Fair). For this Whitby fair, there will be a specialist menswear stall, a vintage vinyl stall and a record player and radio stall, plus stalls specialising in French decorative vintage and antiques.
It takes place over this Saturday and Sunday so a great excuse to spend a day or two in Whitby. I’m going to write another piece very soon about my stay in Whitby, because we went on the Yellow Boat, stayed at the Shepherd’s Purse and ate at some lovely restaurants, but I’ll sign off for now – and recommend to you all the Great Seaside Vintage Fair.

  • The Great Seaside Vintage Fair takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22, at Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO21 3EN. Open: 9.30am – 4pm (both days), entry: £2 / £1.50 entry (under 16s free). Organised by Rose & Brown Vintage: 07985 181120, roseandbrownvintage@yahoo.co.uk www.roseandbrownvintage.co.uk Twitter: @roseandbrown, Facebook: Rose & Brown Vintage
  • Hannah Muirhead Instagram: @hrmuirhead Facebook: Rose Muirhead Twitter:@Rose_Muirhead; Model and Hair and MUA Catriona Power – Instagram: @tronie_victorysalon and Facebook: thevictorysalon and Catriona Power
  • Whitby Pavilion is open daily March to end of October 9am – 5pm, box office open all year 10am – 4pm. Opening hours during winter months depends on events taking place, see www.whitbypavilion.sivtickets.com
  • More upcoming Vintage Fair events: Saltaire Vintage Home & Fashion Fair (Victoria Hall) – 15 & 16 Sept, 1 December 2018; Saltaire Record & Retro Fair (Caroline Social Club) – 10 November 2018; Vintage Weekend at Lotherton Hall (Aberford, near Leeds) – 18 & 19 August 2018; Leeds Vintage Furniture & Home Fair (Farsley) – 8 and 9 September 2018; October Seaside Vintage Fair (Whitby Pavilion) – 6 & 7 October 2018

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