By Kate Beavis

Eek, it’s nearly time for the first vintage festival of the year! It is such a great way to spend the summer; dancing, shopping and watching you all in your amazing fashions, so we simply can’t wait for it to start! The first festival in the calendar is the Festival of Vintage, on April 22nd and 23rd at York Racecourse hosted by our Home Editor, Keeley Harris. It is now in its 7th year and promises to be the best one yet; what’s more – we are giving away 10 pairs of weekend tickets to our lucky readers.
For those who haven’t been to a vintage festival before, here are our top 10 things to bring along to make sure you have the best time ever!

Your dance shoes
Now we all love our vintage inspired blocked heels but how many of us can dance properly in them? Not only do you need to think of the many free dance lessons available throughout the weekend, also consider how much walking you will be doing! We recommend Rocket Originals as they have the 40s/50s vibe we love as well as being practical. They are selling at the festival so make sure you drop by and have a look.

A vintage basket
If you don’t want to wear those dancing shoes all day, bring along a vintage basket to carry your best shoes in so you can easily swap over. Vintage chaps use a leather suitcase for theirs. Don’t have one? Keep your eyes peeled for one to buy at the festival but be quick – they always get snapped up early.

A tape measure
There is so much shopping at this event, including authentic vintage and vintage reproduction. As the former isn’t sized in a modern way, you will need to try it on to check it fits. A great way to save time is to measure a piece of clothing (not your body) that fits perfectly beforehand and note it down. Bring along a tape measure to then measure everything that you love so you only try on what will fit!

While we are talking shopping, many stall holders won’t take credit cards so you will need to bring some cash along with you. There are cash machines on site but best be prepared as we all know what it is like to miss that perfect vintage frock! It’s a vintage nightmare!

Unwashed hair!
Many of you will arrive with beautiful styled hair but for those that want to get theirs done on the day by the Vintage Beauty Parlour, it is best to have unwashed hair as it so much easier to style.

Your camera
You will want to take photos of so many things throughout the weekend, such as a snap of yourself standing by your favourite classic car to the bands performing on stage, so don’t forget a camera!

An umbrella
Due to the Great British weather, you may want to bring a brolly (vintage of course) to protect your victory rolls from the rain. Good news though; the Festival of Vintage is inside!

An itinery
There is so much to see and do, you will need to be organised to fit it all into one day (unless you come for the whole weekend!). Expect to see different fashion shows, talks, entertainers, DJs, bands and singers, classic cars, a variety of dance classes, Make Do and Mend workshops, shopping, collectable collections and lots more. Make sure you have a good look at the programme on arrival to best plan your day.

Your family
Vintage festivals are a great day out for all generations as there is something for everyone. Whether you are conjuring up memories of years gone by, learning a new craft or skill, laughing at the entertainment or having a good old dance or sing-a-long – we guarantee that young and old will enjoy themselves.

And finally, your best vintage fashion
If you want to enter the Best Dressed Competition, you need to carefully think about what you are going to wear! Whatever your style, whether it is a modern take on the past or carefully re-enacting a favourite era, then you will want to look your best: the winner takes home a cash prize! If you don’t fancy entering the competition, you will regret not dressing up when you see how great everyone looks.

Want to win a set of weekend tickets to the Festival of Vintage? Simply answer the following question:
Who hosts the Festival of Vintage?

Send your answers to with your details! Winners will be picked by 7th April.

Ts and Cs:
Tickets are non transferable to a 3rd party.
Tickets are for festival entry only and not to the evening entertainment.
Travel and accommodation costs are not covered.

Lisa Harrison
Written by Lisa Harrison
Lisa is the Deputy Editor of Vintage Life Magazine and Publisher at Dragoon Publishing. She is avid bookworm, collector of vintage homeware, loves travel, lazy weekends away and eats way too much cake!