Getting out over the past few weekends has been difficult. The weather has been changable to say the least and whilst Es is away in London all week, we have tended to spend our Saturdays chilling together, and then he shoots off again on Sunday, so not many opportunities for days out.
However, a chance conversation with my hairdresser Sam, revealed that this weekend she was off to the Vintage Nostalgia, a weekend of camping and fun. She had suggested that Es may appreciate it as there was an American vibe, with lots of big old American cars and many vintage camper vans. By all accounts its sounded like a mini Goodwood, and as I was a fan of Goodwood, I knew it was something Es had never experienced before so we made plans to go.
Whilst we weren’t going to camp the entire weekend, like many others, we decided we would day visit. At £14 each it wasn’t cheap, but there is a lot to see and do, and I imagine the money goes largely towards the fabulous line up of artists.
Vintage Nostalgia is open until midnight on both Friday and Saturday night, and has two major tents with live bands and entertainment. So, we could get our lie in, our chill time, and head out about 3pm for a late afternoon and early evening jaunt.
Held in Stockton Park in Wiltshire, it is a very popular event, despite this, we hadn’t seen it advertised anywhere and had it not been for Sam, we would not have known it existed. Most people dress up in vintage costume, and as a big fan of vintage dresses anyway, I had plenty of outfits I could wear.
The event itself, held on the showground was very well managed. Plenty of parking and stewards to direct you to where you need to be and assist with crossing the roads. Set up as a family affair there was plenty to do for everyone with vintage cars to stalls selling vintage clothes, beautiful house items and jewellery. An onsite salon set up to give you a lovely retro hairdo, a big red bus bar, two marquee’s, an amusement fair with rides and lots of old army nostalgia (think “It ain’t half hot mum”).
There were plenty of delicious places to eat, from tea and crumpets, to oven baked pizza. We availed ourselves of a couple of Ringwood Brewery beers and a large pizza and garlic bread. We sat in one of the marquees and enjoyed the 50’s rock and roll sounds of the Jukebox Jets, amongst other brilliant and suitably retro artists.
The atmosphere was one of fun and joviality, and not even a June shower could dampen spirits, everyone just made a dash for the marquee.
As the sun went down the fairy lights shone and the mood moved to party mode. The straw bale seats were full and the fun was in full swing. Whilst the show closes at midnight on Saturday, we said our goodbyes to friends and left about 10pm, if the weather would have been warmer, I dare say we’d have stayed longer, but as it was, it got a bit too cool for a flimsy cotton Marilyn Monroe dress and I needed to get in the car and warm up again.
For those camping, the party went on. There were a lot of lovely Airstream caravans there, all set up with their own awnings, party lights and seating, and there seemed to be many mini parties going on. It’s probably a fun weekend camping, and should we every manage to purchase a camper van, its somewhere I would like to go back to. Once discovered, not forgotten.
2018 tickets are now available at www.vintagenostalgiafestival.co.uk