English Lakes employs passionate people! Passionate about going the extra mile for our guests. This usually comes from a good work-life balance which allows time for other interests and hobbies. This time we visit The Midland, Morecambe…
Sarah Mason, Senior Chef de Partie, has prepared sumptuous pastries for our guests at The Midland since 2010 and has seen Afternoon Tea at The Midland soaring in popularity. When not in the kitchen at The Midland, Sarah competes in runs and extreme walking challenges. She has trained for numerous events such as local 10K runs, obstacle courses and The Great North run, which she has completed four times. Now, however, she has set herself an even greater challenge.
English Lakes is proud of its pets welcome policy and guests have been bringing their pets to our hotels in the Lake District and Lancashire for many years. We welcome back our special four legged blogger, Max, who has been to the seaside and just couldn’t wait to tell us about his visit to The Midland, Morecambe.
The 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
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!
Enjoy an afternoon in here and see if you can spot the stuffed seagull!
Secondly (and I’m not biased at all) is my Mum’s vintage shop, Dotty’s Vintage.
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
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 is a couple of minutes walk from The Midland and packed full of antiques.
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!
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!
Over the last few months the team at The Midland and Vintage have been working hard to bring a day of Vintage by the Sea as part of The Midland Hotel’s 80th Birthday Celebrations.
We will transform the hotel and surrounding landscape for a celebration of music, fashion, film, art, dance, food and design from those halcyon days when the Midland Hotel opened in 1933.
With so much happening on Saturday 14th September 2013, we have put together the below list to highlight some of the fantastic special events and attractions we have prepared for the special day. If you are planning on visiting the festival don’t forget to share your photos and messages on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #VintageByTheSea as we will be sharing some of the best messages throughout the event.
The Midland hotel is searching for stars of the Miss Great Britain competition held in Morecambe in 1968.The Miss Great Britain Competition was held in Morecambe from 1956 to 1989, with the 1968 event being won by Yvonne Ormes from Nantwich in Cheshire. This video, from BBC North West Tonight features Sharman Bardsley, one of the ladies featured in our slides.
The Grade II listed 1930’s art deco masterpiece that is the Midland Hotel, Morecambe, is heralding its landmark year and Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway’s Vintage Festival is having a holiday in Morecambe to help those celebrations along.
Leading designer Wayne Hemingway, who was born and raised in Morecambe, said: “The Midland is a very special building – a truly unique design and iconic British building. It feels right and proper for us to bring a “pop up” version of our Vintage Festival to my hometown to celebrate The Midland’s landmark year and put on a wonderful party that encompasses the best of British design, music, fashion and art, and food
“We can’t wait to put on a great show for everyone who comes along. There will be lots for people to see and take part in, besides the two main ticketed events. For those not fortunate (or quick enough!) to get tickets or one of the room packages for the Vintage Tea Dance and the Torch Club evening ball there will be workshops , food and the Vintage Marketplace. We hope that people will really get into the Vintage spirit and dress up for the occasion for a fabulous summer’s day at the seaside.”
Vintage Festivals have attracted tens of thousands of guests at celebrations on London’s South Bank, in Sussex and also at last year’s Preston Guild. They are events that have something for all ages and the 14th September is sure to live long in the memory of Morecambe.
The Midland is often cited as being one of the most iconic buildings in Britain. And this year, to celebrate its 80th anniversary year the hotel will host a spectacular Vintage celebration.
During a golden period before the Second World War, The Midland, recognised widely as an art deco masterpiece, played host to luminaries and fashion icons such as Coco Chanel, Wallace Simpson, Laurence Olivier and Noel Coward, who enjoyed the panoramic views across Morecambe Bay to the Lake District fells in the distance.