Dig out those retro threads as the award-winning, free Vintage by the Sea Festival returns to Morecambe in an exuberant celebration of 20th-century design. Now in its 8th year, the extravaganza is created by Hemingway Design and creative producers Deco Publique.
Venues include the beautiful art deco Midland hotel (hailed as a masterpiece in modernism and haunt of Coco Chanel, Sir Lawrence Olivier and Noel Coward no less), The Platform (restored Edwardian railway station), Promenade Gardens, Melodrome music stage and Little Big Top.
Morecambe’s seafront will provide the perfect setting for a super weekend of events, inspired by the design of the 1920s to the 1990s. Expect a pretty fine time with live music and DJ sets, pop up performance, family vintage workshops, food and drink, marketplace & crafts, classic cars and heritage buses, vintage fairground, pop-up dance and a Battle-of-Britain Flypast.
If all of this isn’t worth finding your tweed or putting on your matte red lipstick for, there a many further ticketed events on offer. These haven’t been revealed yet, but last year’s included the Midland’s fine Vintage Afternoon Tea in their Sun Terrace Restaurant, with stunning views over Morecambe Bay and the promenade. There was also a Gatsby-inspired Torch Club Ball and Vintage by the Sea After Party, with DJ Dave Haslam and guests.
Vintage by the Sea makes for brilliant end-of-summer family, friends, romantic (or solo!) fling. Right, we’re off to hunt for a twin set and Wayfarer sunglasses.