Vintage on the Bay-Spring Fair

22 Dec


Vintage on the Bay- First edition

22 Dec

Many, many thanks to all of you who made our first ever Vintage on the Bay event an outstanding success. Even on a miserable (horizontal sleet!) Cumbrian day with flooded roads we had over 350 visitors which was just incredible. We worked hard to make sure everyone knew about the event and it certainly paid off. So thank you if you attended and thank you if you were one of our fantastic exhibitors who worked so hard to make the day a success. We believe that ‘vintage’ events are about creating a atmosphere where visitors can come and enjoy themselves and be inspired by the goods on sale, the people who sell them, the music, the food and the general ambience and nostalgia. We will be working hard to create that for our next event 

Vintage on the Bay- Spring Fair on Sunday 12th February

Pictures can say much more than words so here are some memories from out Christmas Special

Hoping the marketing will pay off!

6 Dec

Just reflecting as a vintage stall holder of the fairs where there’s no notice around the town, nothing in the paper and a single A – board outside the venue- and everyone is surprised no-one turns up. With Vintage on the Bay we really believe that a significant amount of the stallholder fee should go on marketing. So for this event we’ve

  • advertised in The Westmoreland Gaxette and the Lancaster Guardian for two weeks
  • put notices in the local Parish Magazines
  • distributed over 500 postcards at shows, events, shops and art and tourist centres
  • stuck up over 200 posters around Cumbria, Lancashire and North Yorkshire
  • strategically placed two large banners in Arnside
  • used the WWW, Facebook and Twitter extensively

Most importantly our guest stallholders have advertised the event both at the events they have attended over the last few months and have passed on details to their extensive lists of contacts.

So we’re expecting a good turn out- fingers crossed!


Molly and Meg join us!

30 Nov

No not a new addition to the 22 fantastic stalls at VOTB but two rescue dogs from Liverpool. They have had a dreadful life and are absolute sweeties. Left to roam the streets and attacked by groups of children who threw bricks at them, they have never seen a field, a mountain, a lake or the seaside. Looks like we will be putting that right! If you have a few spare £££s then passing a donation to Liverpool Animal Rescue who do a fantastic job and are unsung heroes and would be money well spent We will be donating some of the profits from our pitch at Vintage on the Bay to this great organisation


The Baking starts here!

30 Nov

As well as 22 stalls at Vintage on the Bay were also running a fantastic vintage tea room- 40s decor, vintage china and a selection of yummy cakes which at the moment looks like carrot cake with ornage cream, lemon cake, cream scones with strawberry jam and Christmas sherry trifles. So all systems go on the baking front!

Also managed to get a fantastic Arthur Wood teapot with matching plates- absolutely mint condition- bound to make someones Christmas

Arthur Wood teapot and plates

Vintage on the Bay- 14 days and counting!

27 Nov

Only 13 days to the launch of Vintage on the Bay our first Vintage and Handmade show in the pretty little village of Arnside in Cumbria. Its the place people drive past to get the the more famous lake district but its actually a little gem



of a victorian coastal village and absolutely unspolit. Its a great place for a walk along the prom, on what some think is the best coastal walk in England to Silverdale (great name. great place!) or through the woodlands and pastures to The Knott where you get a stunning view of the Lakeland Mountains. And of course on Sunday 11th December you’ll be able to visit us between 10am and 4pm in Arnside WI Hall in Orchard Road at our first Vintage and Hand Made Fair. However not content with this we have planned for this to be a regular event so put the following dates in your diary

  • Sunday 12th February
  • Sunday 8th April
  • Bank Holiday Monday 7th May

So who are we? Well, its me, Peter Dawson teamed up with Priscilla and Ian Jones of The Edge in Lancaster ( to run some stunning events bring together the best of vintage and nostalgia-inspired events. Unlike so many vintage shows nowadays we are insistant that this doesnt become an upmarket charity event- full of old clothes and picked-over china. We want it to be vibrant and exciting – in a nostalgic sort of way.So each of the events will have a theme- the first is Christmas so lots of Bing, Dean and Wonderful Life!