Words by Aloisia Wickett, images by Colin Liddell

The Vintage Nostalgia Festival, situated in the beautiful Wylye valley between Warminster and Salisbury took place on June 2nd, 3rd and 4th. We live only an hour away so decided to take our new baby and our five year old camping for the first time in our bell tent. Luckily we had just purchased one, but if you didn’t have your own tent or campervan, you could book to spend the weekend ‘Glamping’ with ‘Lulubelles’ in one of their fully furnished bell tents.

The Vintage Nostalgia Festival is the most perfect, easy going festival for vintage lovers and their families, young and old! My son, Beau, is five years old and he was absolutely blown away by the children’s entertainment, ‘The Flying Seagulls’. They are a charity ran organisation who aim to bring good old fashioned, no bars fun to children around the world. In particular they work with children in war torn countries – they believe every child has the right to have fun no matter their situation! Well Beau certainly did and so did the adults. We learnt to walk on stilts, spin plates, walk a tight rope, play British bulldog, tug of war and told outrageous jokes at the children’s comedy hour in ‘downtown New York’. My son, who is often shy and takes a while to warm up to strangers was absolutely smitten with the entertainer and his ‘Cowboys’ and we spent most of our festival giggling and dancing and clowning around with them. However, when we were not being ‘Flying Seagulls’, we were riding the Ferris wheel, hooking ducks and flexing our muscles hammering bells at the vintage fairground.

A quick stop off at ‘The Crumpeteers’ for a stilton and pear crumpet and the world’s best brownie, washed down with a ‘Naughty Earl’ (not for children) and we were away to our Swing Dance lesson taught by the wonderful team from Swindon where we learnt to rock step and twirl ready for the evening’s live entertainment, from the likes of ‘Big R Big Band’, ‘Miss Holiday Swing’ and the ‘Tootsie Rollers’.

It’s never easy to remain glam when camping, but luckily the wonderful ladies of the Vintage Victory Rollers were on hand to behive and pincurl unsightly locks. The boys weren’t left out either, as there was an onsite barbers, specialising in the perfect pomp and greaser cut to round off your look, once you had shopped till you dropped via the many vintage traders that lined the paths.

A sunny stroll around the wonderful vintage cars, motorbikes, tractors, steam engines and bicycles and the weekend was over for another year. Time really does fly when you’re having fun, we can not wait until next year!

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!