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Vintage and Rural Events

We do love a good day out! And there are so many gorgeous places to visit in Dorset and events that are perfect for lovers of old fashioned tradition, classic cars, home-crafts, historic and countryside activities.

vintage cars

If you are thinking about having a day out locally and want something to fit in with a traditional theme then check out the Vintage Dorset Events Calendar. Its a selection of hand-picked favourites that might be particularly suitable for lovers of vintage.

We haven’t included all of the Jubilee Events this Year which are going to be fabulous (check out our article in Dorset Magazine this month) and ¬†we also leave out the country house and garden events – as there are hundreds all over the place – but hopefully you’ll notice something that takes your fancy!

Bottles of ginger beer and famous five novels for Vintage events in DorsetEnid-Blyton-TrailOne of our favourites new for this year is the launch of a new Famous Five Treasure Trail from The Ginger Pop Shop at Corfe Castle. From the 7th June this year you can re-trace the Dorset locations Enid Blyton used for her Famous Five books and follow a mystery yourself! We know its for adults really but the kids will insist on tagging along! Find out more HERE The Ginger Pop Famous Five Treasure Trail .

Railway Corfe Castle

And towards the end of the summer – of course the Great Dorset Steam Fair is an all time winner! (But lots to squeeze in before then!) Send your vintage event to info@vintagedorset.co.uk if you want us to include it in the calendar.

A panoramic image of a steam engine pulling a shepherds hut


Published by vdorset, on 29th May 2012 at 10:31 am. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events Tags: , , , , , Comments Off on Vintage and Rural Events

1/2 Term Vintage Adventure

Enid Blyton Country

Bottles of ginger beer and famous five novelsThe spring bank holiday is the perfect time for vintage excursions in Dorset. So if you want a good way of letting your children run about like mad things, eat huge Famous Five style picnics and find out more about the author of all those awfully good and wholesome stories then now is the the perfect opportunity!

This half term (2nd June) the National Trust at Corfe Castle (aka Kirrin Castle) along with the famous Ginger Pop shop in Corfe village are hosting a day of Enid Blyton during WW2.

The events celebrate Enid Blyton’s most creative writings which started during the war and included a wide range of special stories written especially for evacuees. Viv Endecott who is a Blyton expert (and proprietor of the Ginger Pop shop) will be sharing Enid’s stories about of wartime and how readers were encouraged by Enid through her magazine Sunny Stories. Starts 10am to 5.30 normal admission charges to Corfe Castle (but free stuff in the village)

I remember reading these stories as a little girl in the 60’s. So when I picked up a boxful at a flea market a few years back I had a good wallow in nostalgia!
The books are incredibly wholesome but re-reading in 2010 really brought home the complete lack of political correctness that pervaded at the time. Who would dare call a kid “fatty”today (well the government might but they try to dress it up with words like childhood obesity now!)

If you want to find out more about Enid Blyton at War  telephone the National Trust curator for this event; Lawrence Roots, 01929 481294, corfecastle@nationaltrust.org.uk. Even better Рjust turn up via steam train! The Swanage Railway is a vintage experience in itself so if you want something to do this is ideal!


Published by annie, on 30th May 2011 at 7:55 am. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events,Vintage Local History Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on 1/2 Term Vintage Adventure