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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…

Frock market – pictures

Friday was a very cold day in Dorchester but we still saw over 100 people attend the Frock market arranged by WAND in support of the women’s refuge and to help raise funds for the Dorset Women’s day in March next year. Vintage Dorset was there providing vintage teas and networking with all sorts of vintage clothes sellers and local people who are hand-making and sourcing great vintage and retro-styled goodies.

red crochet handbagWe especially like RubyRockCake who has all sorts of retro homewares, gifts and cards and our good chum Maria Clarke was also there selling these gorgeous crocheted handbags and naval bags from as little as £10! Contact me if you want to buy one of Maria’s bags and I’ll try and persuade her to post you one. I’m hoping she’ll open an Etsy store soon as she has some fabulous stuff!

Also, Nicki from The Cherry Closet popped in for a chat and Jenny and Toni from Transition Town Dorchester also came in to snap up some bargain outfits.

Our cakes and teas were a big hit and together with my daughter Rebecca, we had a great day telling people all about our vintage crockery hire, our events, parties and wedding hire. In spite of the cold and threats of snow WAND raised over £200 so well done!

Here are some of our pictures

frock market

Just about to open the doors

cakes and vintage tea


Published by annie, on 28th November 2010 at 9:28 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events,Vintage Fashion Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Frock market – pictures