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Photos of Vintage By The Sea in Morecambe

Thousands of people flocked to sunny Morecambe this weekend (6th and 7th September 2014) for the second Vintage By The Sea festival hosted in and around The Midland hotel.

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Itsy Bitsy Vintage at The Midland Wedding Open Day

Following on from our short blog about Anthony Padgett, a featured supplier at The Midland Wedding Open Day we spoke to Carol from Itsy Bitsy Vintage who will also be at the hotel on Sunday to discuss planning your perfect vintage wedding.

Itsy Bitsy Vintage outside The MidlandItsy Bitsy Vintage is an experienced service for vintage loveliness in Lancashire, Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales. For vintage weddings, celebratory tea parties and unique events, Itsy Bitsy offers vintage china hire for up to 120 people, bunting, prop hire and vintage styling.

With authentic vintage china, a wide collection of vintage and antique props from the Edwardian period through to the early 1960′s, they work with clients to add a period feel to their celebrations and compliment the architecture of their chosen venue. Whether you choose a fun eclectic seaside celebration, a summer English tea party or a glamorous Great Gatsby wedding, Itsy can help create your look.  Continue reading

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!

A Guide to Vintage By The Sea at The Midland Hotel, Morecambe

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.

Vintage By The Sea Press Launch with Wayne Hemingway at The Midland

Vintage By The Sea Press Launch with Wayne Hemingway at The Midland

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.

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Wayne Hemingway talks Vintage ahead of Mildland Hotels Festival

Wayne Hemingway at The Midland, Morecambe

Wayne Hemingway at The Midland, Morecambe

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.”

Outside The Midland for the launch of Vintage by the sea

Outside The Midland for the launch of Vintage by the sea

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 Vintage Festival to visit The Midland for Iconic Anniversary

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.

MID-PostcardDuring 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.

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Vintage Morecambe

Sunny Morecambe Beach

Vintage seems to be the buzz word in fashion and design and with the Queen’s Jubilee upon us I’m getting in to the street party spirit and adorning my place of work, The Midland with bunting for the Bank Holiday weekend.

Being from the seaside town of Morecambe I am nostalgic to the idea of the fun filled UK seaside holidays of the past, and (not at all brought about from my fear of flying) I am determined to see this sleepy seaside town brought back to the splendour of its heyday. Listening to tales of Morecambe’s history and seeing images and footage adds fuel to my fire and even if it means being very British standing under a brolly on a rainy promenade, ice cream in hand, we owe it to the town (and to our bank balances) to bring to the seaside holiday back.

Bathing Beauties on Morecambe Beach

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