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Bunting and Bluebells!

bunting strung from a wicker basket in a woodland full of bluebells

Vintage Dorset's hand-made bunting and bluebells at Bulbarrow

There’s something quintessentially English about bunting. We took our purple and blue bunting and a picnic up to Bulbarrow whilst all of the bluebells were out for some great bunting and bluebell photos. Steve is a travel and landscape photographer and he captured the spring light just perfectly! For more of Steve’s work visit Steve Atkins Photography.

Bunting (or bunt) was originally a lightweight worsted wool fabric or tammy. These worsted “tammies” were made in Norfolk from around 1594 and were used for making ribbons and flags including signal flags for the Royal Navy. In white and more recently in colours, they have gradually evolved to become a signal of celebration perfect for parties, weddings and celebrations.

Bunting in the post-war era was generally single thickness and sewn from old shirts and scraps of fabrics whilst in recent years its often seen in rather nasty plastic (made in China) or bought from Tesco. We don’t do this kind!

Vintage Dorset bunting for hireOur bunting for hire is all hand-made cotton print or cotton and satin-ribboned, double-thickness so it always looks fabulous and holds its shape perfectly with long end ties (which are essential for tying it up and usually far too short!) We have over 300 metres of it  in vintage and retro colours. It generally comes in 5 metre lengths (just over 16 feet). Bunting is for hire from Vintage Dorset for just £3 per garland (60p per metre) – this is cheaper than it costs to make from scrap fabric!

How much bunting to I need for our marquee?

People generally underestimate how much they need! We find that 20 metres (4 garlands) of bunting will dress a room or small hall quite nicely allowing swags between fastenings – but you need at least 50-80 metres (10 -16 garlands) for a marquee with an extra 10- 20 metres if you want to dress the entrance.   If you want some sumptuous vintage bunting then do ask us for a quote. We can post it to you within the UK and you just send it back after your party

Vintage Bunting for Hire

retro styled bunting

Retro bunting for 1950'2 to 1970's


Published by vdorset, on 24th May 2011 at 1:48 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Arts,Vintage Fashion,Vintage Homeware Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Bunting and Bluebells!

Holiday Dreaming…

January always seems to be a good time for  dreaming of holidays or making a bit of a new year’s resolution to have at least three weekends away in the coming year (without feeling the least bit guilty about the mountains of work you’re planning to leave behind).

Camper van

Before the affects of the New Year diet and exercise regime start exhausting you, we think its important to begin your escape plan for the summer…

Finding somewhere gorgeous to visit in Dorset is never a problem – but if you need any incentive to look around more of the county what better plan can there be than hiring a retro-style camper van, following our vintage calendar of events and booking a few picnics, vintage teas and cake-shops into your itinery?

Retro Camper Vans

Duck egg coloured Volkswagen camper van

Dorset Dubbers are a recent discovery of ours..  John and Claire run a small, friendly van-hire firm based in Highcliffe on Sea hiring out a choice of sumptuous VW campers for carousing around Dorset & the New Forest.

Looking through their website www.dorsetdubbers.co.uk you get a real sense of the fun you can have – travelling around in “Nellie”, “Mo”, “Terence” or “Bam Bam”. With tariffs from £425 a week we think this compares very favorably with traditional camping and certainly offers more variety than a one-base stop or package hol (mostly hanging about in the airport).

Vintage Events1940s clothing

So you’ve booked your van for a week or two and have planned your visit to the usual and hidden haunts taking in sea, sand and stones (well we are in Dorset!) But, finding out about vintage events locally has always been near impossible. How will you get away with wearing that 1940’s dress and vintage plus fours without somewhere truly nostalgic to get into the mood? Whilst you’ll feel at home in several of our smaller towns and villages (retro never really went out of fashion here) you might also like to browse through our Vintage Events Calendar. We’re trying to post all of the local vintage events we can find here so do tell us if you know of something occurring. Whether its visiting the retro fashions and displays at the Bridport Hat Festival or Dorset Steam Fairs, visiting local victorian events, Ginger Pop, Blyton-inspired excursions, historical happenings at the museums or traditional classics like Dorset Opera then we hope you’ll find something that’s worthy of a smart frock and a day out with hearty picnic or cream tea!

Tea and Cake

Our steam fair picnicSo on this note – don’t forget to make your booking for special vintage teas, afternoon garden parties, birthday treats, wedding events and picnics.

Contact us for hire prices to  book posh crocks and cakes to make a really special occasion. Look through our prices and ideas pages for more. Happy days x x


Published by annie, on 2nd January 2011 at 9:50 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Holiday Dreaming…