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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 – just 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

Vintage Events this Weekend!

This weekend is packed with vintage events that make perfect days out in Dorset, ideal if you want to dress up in your 1940’s victory rolls or just spend some fun time out and about getting all nostalgic. I’m not sure if its the sunny weather or the effect of last week’s V.E. Day anniversary but its all happening if you know where to look… here are a few of the gems we’ve spotted…

13th May Brownsea Island at War

Guided walk exploring the island’s war time history 11am-12.30pm, 2.30pm-4pm at the National Trust’s Brownsea Island. (Get the ferry from Sandbanks, Poole) Usual National Trust entrance charges.

Brownsea Island is best noted for its scouting history (and as Enid Blyton’s Whispering Island) But, this guided walk looks into the island’s war time history. During WW2 large flares were placed on the western end of the island in an attempt to draw bombers away from the port of Poole. The decoy saved Poole and Bournemouth from some 1,000 tonnes of German bombs. The island is a super place to escape – red squirrels abound and the wildlife and history is fascinating. Take a picnic or call into the National Trust Cafe for a cream tea. For more information contact the Brownsea Island Property Office , 01202 492161, brownseaisland@nationaltrust.org.uk

Sunday 15th May Transport of Yesteryear – Jubilee Clock, Weymouth 10am-4pm

vintage cars

A display of classic and vintage vehicles and a chance to meet club members from the Dorset branch of Transport of Yesteryear. Vintage Motorcycles are also expected at the Pavilion.

Sunday 15th May Antiques Fair – Kingston Maurward 9am Unfortunately we don’t know very much at all about this event as the promoters seem not to have put up any information apart from a poster outside the venue  – but  its at The College of Agriculture, Kingston Maurward, Dorchester. I’ve hunted for a bit more news and apparently there will be Antiques, Antique Furniture Paintings Graphics China Tableware Ceramic Decorative Articles Sculptures Glass ProductsWatches and Clocks. Let us know if you’ve been to one of these and if you have to pay to get in!


Vintage tea

Sunday 15th May A Bit of a Do – Vintage Market and Afternoon Teas at Litton Cheney – 2pm


This is more like it! A Relaxing Vintage Afternoon of Historic Cars, The Rex Trevett Big Band, Cream Teas & Cakes, Pimms and Vintage Market – overlooking the beautiful views of the Bride Valley.
Bring a blanket, or chairs and stay the whole afternoon. A CHANCE TO DRESS UP! Come in vintage dress to enter the true spirit, or not – as you prefer !!
Something for the whole family. 2 – 5pm £1 Adults, Children Free.
Held at LATCH HALL, School Lane, Litton Cheney, Dorchester, DT2 9EE. Proceeds in aid of  Bride Valley Pre School


Published by annie, on 12th May 2011 at 7:52 am. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events,Vintage Local History Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Vintage Events this Weekend!