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Back to the Blitz – 3rd Sept

Fancy a night on the tiles? The Bournemouth BIC together with the Tank Museum are hosting a fabulous evening of wartime dance music and entertainment on Saturday 3rd September – the perfect opportunity to coiffure your victory roll to perfection, dress up and step out!

Back to the Blitz PosterIts all happening at the Bournemouth Pavilion on Saturday 3rd September. Featuring the gorgeous Polka Dot Dolls, a 1940’s style trio, and the incredible Swing Unlimited big band. Nostalgic of World War II hangar dances this recreates the chance to kick back and forget everything, dress up and dance the night away…

Dress Code:

Dress up in 1940’s fashions: in uniform, mufti, or something more elegant!

The doors open at 7.00pm with music starting at 7.30pm giving you the opportunity to chat to our wartime housewife and policeman, find a seat and grab a drink from the bar before dancing begins!!!

Seats are on round tables, with 12 seats per table facing the bands and dance floor

Tickets are on sale now £20.

Call the Ticketline on 0844 576 3000, book online at www.bic.co.uk or visit the BIC or Bournemouth Pavilion Ticket Office in person.  Minicom 01202 454804.  Corporate & Community Groups 10+ 01202 451865

Download a poster here

trunks for hireVintage Dorset provides a range of 1940’s props and vintage accessories for Blitz parties. We have lots already including posters and music – but we’re also building special wartime props for scene setting at a party that’s happening soon and can’t wait to share pictures. If you want us to help with your war years event or reminiscence project then get in touch with us here.

Published by vdorset, on 30th August 2011 at 7:57 am. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events,Vintage Fashion,Vintage Local History Tags: , , , , , Comments Off on Back to the Blitz – 3rd Sept

Retro bunting

retro cushion on formica chairWell, we’ve finished making the bunting and cushions for Retro Sunday. I’ve really enjoyed working on fabrics with big flowers and bright shades of orange, brown and green – it feels very cheerful and a great chance to venture into the fearlessness and funkiness that epitomises “retro”.

It also seemed really timely to have a retro event. We’ve been wanting to do something with Gavin at the Orange Cup on Weymouth Seafront for ages and also were planning a Make Time for Tea party for the Eve Appeal. So, after listening to the Radio 4 Woman’s Hour slot on Lucienne Day I grabbed this idea as a great excuse to explore Day’s impact on fabric design in the 1950’s and 60’s, eat some cake with our friends and chill out with some of the greatest tunes that we’ve ever heard.

In 1951 Lucienne created the Calyx design which was showcased at the 1951 Festival of Britain.

This was the start of an incredible career in fabric design – spearheading a “Contemporary design” approach that was perfectly in tune with the post war new look.

the Calyx design by Lucienne Day

Taking influence from plant forms and using rich earth and acid colours and irregular abstract forms, Calyx was initially viewed with scepticism by her principal client, Heal Fabrics. However it was so widely praised, across the world and at home it achieved the International Design award – and Heal quickly began championing Lucienne’s work. Over the next 20 years Lucienne launched over 70 patterns for the company.

Pallant House Gallery in Chichester is currently exhibiting the works and lives of Lucienne and Robin Day – and how their influence on furniture and textile design changed our world. The exhibition continues until the 26th June so if you’re heading anywhere the other side of Portsmouth in the next few months it would be worth calling in to get more retro inspiration. Its been great fun finding retro fabrics for Sunday’s tea party and I think there’s going to be more from us in this vein. We’ve recently invested in some cool formica chairs and together with the clean lines and crazy colours of our Poole Pottery from the 60’s through to 80’s, we’re gathering plenty of accessories for retro parties.

Its free to join us on Sunday listening to vinyl music on Marco’s record player, or just to check out our retro bunting, drink tea from 1970’s orange teacups and eat cakes in aid of the Eve Appeal. More information is here: Retro Sunday We’re hanging out all day on the 17th April at 123 the Esplanade – its set to be sunny and we have the best view of the sea possible.


Our bunting is all for hire for as little as £3 per strand (60p/metre) Whether its retro, red, white and blue or our gorgeous floral bunting its all hand made double thickness. If you want to hire some for an event, Royal Wedding day or party then contact us here.

retro bunting and teacup

Published by annie, on 13th April 2011 at 8:38 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Arts,Vintage Events,Vintage Fashion,Vintage Homeware Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Retro bunting