There are two wonderful events in Yorkshire this weekend (April 25/26), the Festival of Vintage and Whitby Goth Weekend and both offer the opportunity for dressing up.
The annual Festival of Vintage is at York racecourse and it’s a must for those who love all things nostalgic, fabulous and fun. This is the UK’s largest indoor vintage event and it is spread across three buildings. As well as stalls selling everything from fashion and homeware to vinyl and quirky collectables, there is a packed programme that includes vintage dance lessons, make-do-and-mend craft workshops, fashion parades and classic car displays, all serenaded by the best vintage bands and singers around.
This year, the Beamish Museum is bringing a 1950s living room and Marks & Spencer has raided its archive to create a nostalgic display of fashion and foods from the 1930s-1960s.
Festival organiser Keeley Harris says: “For me the best part about the event is all the dancing. When I get a chance I love to watch everybody jiving and swinging on the dancefloor.” Vintage doyenne Keeley will also be signing copies of her fab book Style Me Vintage Home, published by Pavilion.
Don’t forget to get into the spirit of things by dressing in your favourite era. If you do, you’ll be eligible to enter the Best Dressed contest. Tickets are on sale on the door priced at £10 per adult per day. Accompanied children under 16 get free entry. Doors open from 10am-5pm both days. York Racecourse, York, YO23 1EX visit www.festivalofvintage.co.uk
The Whitby Goth Weekend, which runs from Thursday to Sunday, is a sight to behold thanks to the armies of goths, steam punks, bikers, punks, emos and metallers.
It is billed as a fun-packed few days of music, dancing, drinking and shopping. That’s certainly a fair description as it’s lots of fun and is packed with thousands of people who get into the spirit of the event.
You can go along and people-watch for free and tickets to see the bands are £33 per day or £115 for the full weekend. Visit www.whitbygothweekend.co.uk