Morecambe’s Hidden Vintage Gems

Midland Vintage 2013The vintage buzz can be felt in Morecambe and I’m more than a bit excited to be in the middle of it. After harping on about all things vintage and being told my living room looks like it belongs to an old lady, it’s with a hint of ‘I told you so’ that I welcome you all and wonder what took you so long?!

Vintage by the Sea is set to take place at the fabulous Midland Hotel on Saturday 14th September and we’re in full swing ready for the masses to descend on Morecambe. Being Morecambe born and bred though I feel I should let you in on a few secrets and silence the cynics that think there is nothing to do here. Morecambe is a gem of second hand and antique shops, some that have been in the town for years. Being a kind soul, I’ll let you in on a few of the places you must go when you visit the seaside.

Old Pier Bookshop

The Old Pier Book Shop in Morecambe

The Old Pier Book Shop in Morecambe

Firstly I have to mention The Old Pier Bookshop on Morecambe promenade. Many a rainy day off (and one first date) have been spent in this shop.

This shop is a maze of great books that you can spend hours looking through. You do need to have a good look but luckily the owner knows where everything is so just ask if you don’t fancy a rummage!

Great for having a good rummage

Great for having a good rummage

Enjoy an afternoon in here and see if you can spot the stuffed seagull!

A Quirky Stuffed Seagull looks after the bookshop

A Quirky Stuffed Seagull looks after the bookshop

Dotty’s Vintage

Secondly (and I’m not biased at all) is my Mum’s vintage shop, Dotty’s Vintage.

Dottys Vintage Shop and Tea Room, Morecambe

Dotty’s Vintage Shop and Tea Room, Morecambe

Dotty’s came about from a collection gone mad and after much persuasion from me and my sister to open a shop so people could come and enjoy the many beautiful things my mum had picked up over the years.

You can feel the passion for vintage when you come in the shop, not just because some of the pieces are so loved, some are only shown to visitors over a cup of tea and never sold! This sparked the idea for ‘Tea by the Sea’ which is a vintage styled tea room which was opened alongside the shop. Now even more people visit having tea and are shown some of the many treasures in Dotty’s.

Pop in for original garments from the 20s onwards or even if you just love vintage and want a cup of tea and a chat!

Dotty’s Vintage are curating the Vintage Marketplace for Vintage by the Sea so expect quality vintage items and the loveliest of traders!

The Vintage West End

Art Installation, Morecambe's West End

Art Installation, Morecambe’s West End

Now this isn’t necessarily one shop but rather an area of Morecambe that people might neglect.

Morecambe’s West End has many second hand shops, some of which sell retro and vintage garments but I find it is a great place to pick up second hand furniture.

For anyone in to up cycling, you can pick up furniture from around five pounds so there’s no excuse not to experiment! My tip would be to make sure you have a good wander round the side streets to find a little shop selling china and another selling military collectibles.

Northern Relics

Northern Relics is a couple of minutes walk from The Midland and packed full of antiques.

Northern Relics - Antiques and Collectables shop in Morecambe

Northern Relics – Antiques and Collectables shop in Morecambe

If you’re looking to splash out on something then this holds the largest selection of antiques in Morecambe. You’ll spot this usually by the large giraffes outside!

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I think that should be more than enough to keep any vintage lover busy during a day in Morecambe. That is if you manage to leave the hotel with all of the things going on at Vintage by the Sea!

Visitor Giving is Win, Win, Win!

Bluebells at Barbooth Lot

Bluebells at Barbooth Lot

Research has shown that visitors to the Lake District want to contribute to the beautiful environment that keeps them coming back time after time.

“Tourists in the 21st century are likely to base their choices in travel and tourism on environmental protection and social responsibility” British Tourism Framework Review.

We love where we live and work. Our family of hotels are all located in beautiful corners of Lancashire and Cumbria, with either stunning Lake views, ancient woodland, the Trough of Bowland on the doorstep and on Morecambe Bay an area of outstanding natural beauty. Continue reading

A New Lancaster House Menu What Children REALLY Want

Damien Ng and Emma Underwood, Lancaster House and the children of Scotforth C of E Primary

Damien Ng and Emma Underwood, Lancaster House and the children of Scotforth C of E Primary

The planning of a new children’s menu can be fairly long, drawn-out affair. Quality local suppliers must be sought, analysis of what children are favouring from our current menu, ensuring that we are keeping up with the ever-changing high street trends, and even, as we have done in the past, consulting to underline our commitment to healthy eating.

But for the next Lancaster House Sam’s menu, the team wanted to know what Kids Really want. So, we have gone ‘back to school’ to find out from the children themselves. Continue reading