Fair Season Begins!
Only about 30 minutes away from home, I can't believe I've never made it to Brockholes before. It's a gorgeous spot with a floating island hosting the visitor centre, miles of walks, birds to be spotted and what looked to be a fab play area for the kids (and big kids!). I reckon the Craft Vintage folks found a gem in this place as a venue for the fairs they hold here several times a year.
As I pulled up to unload, there was a pretty calm atmosphere as people busily unloaded their wares and as I crossed onto the island it was clear that this was going to be a fun place to be as a vendor and as a visitor! There was a camper van with vintage dresses and the rest outdoor area was busy getting set up with food and drink stalls, promising to hold all sorts of lovely treats, including wood fired pizza, pies, Mexican food as well as cake!
I had an indoor spot to set up and walked past some beautifully set up displays of vintage wares and clothes, wooden birds, buntings and dresses! One of my stall neighbours was Oi Doris, who makes fab pieces of art on typewriters which she has available as mounted and framed pictures, cards and postcards! The picture below is a snap of her vintage bicycle which was my fave!
Julie Love Creates was there with her handmade wooden birds; The Thomas-Coles had their shower steamers; and I picked up these cute silver bee earrings from Little Owl who has a selection of jewellery incorporating her own wildlife photography.
All the stall holders I met were all lovely and there was a brilliant atmosphere for the whole two days we were there. Crafty Vintage make a real event of these fairs, and there was plenty of entertainment with The Bread and Butter pop up bar, live vintage style singers, including an appearance from "Elvish", a magician and face painting for the kids!
The crowds were all relaxed, enjoying the sunshine making an appearance and lots were making a real day out of it by spending time enjoying both the fair and outdoor facilities with the kids. It was wonderful to chat to everyone, help some tap into their creativity, and talk to others about our 3D printing processes. I'm looking forward to returning there at Christmas time!
If you are looking for a great day out, Crafty Vintage will be back at Brockholes on 27 and 28 June, but will be at Hoghton Towers on 24 and 25 May if you can't wait!
Have you visited Craft Vintage before? Which other fairs have you enjoyed going to? I'd love to know!