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Antiques Bazaar

Antiques Bazaar sign, CrewkerneWe’ve been super busy this summer with loads of weddings & parties keeping us very absent from the blog (though we do now have some very gorgeous pictures of recent weddings and events all ready to share anytime soon!!)

With all this going on, we could hardly believe that its just over a month since the official opening day of The Antiques Bazaar a new centre for vintage lovers at the Old Textile Mill on South Street in Crewkerne.

As you know we always like to celebrate when there’s somewhere new to indulge our vintage and retro nostalgia-buds so to welcome these lovelies onto the Dorset and Somerset vintage scene we invited the lovely Claire from Antiques Bazaar to tell us all about it and share her fab pics!

Trinkets on a shelf at the Antiques Bazaar, Crewkerne

“On arrival I was pleased to see that the venue was very busy to mark the opening weekend. There was an indoor market selling books, jewellery and lots of other exciting bits and pieces.  The 8,000 square-foot warehouse is home to all sorts from shabby-chic country living-style furniture plus vintage clothing and accessories, books and much, much more.

Entertainment was provided in the cafe and indoor market area by Tina Bridgman whose vocals and acoustic guitar added to the relaxed ambience.The plan is to hold regular, (hopefully monthly), vintage markets indoors and outdoors just to add something extra.

Cafe Antiques BazaarThe cafe was kept busy by hungry and thirsty shoppers looking for somewhere to relax for a while and get something good to eat and drink whilst enjoying the atmosphere.  Inside the Bazaar you will also find a vintage studio equipped with a large work table and various sewing machines for designers and creators of vintage and retro styles to make and display their work.

Along the back wall of the building is an Arts Wall which is available for local individuals and groups to showcase their work on a commission basis.

All in all the atmosphere on the day was very exciting and was full of interested people searching out their own particular treasures!!”

We love these details from Claire’s snaps of the day… Thanks Claire – what a great place!

Antiques Bazaar details

For more information on the Antiques Bazaar please see their website on www.antiquesbazaar.co.uk where you can also sign up to a mailing list to keep informed. You can also find Antiques Bazaar on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AntiquesBazaar

Opening times are Mon-Sat 9am-6pm and Sun 10-4 with free parking at all times.

For further information please call 01460 77121

Antiques Bazaar style Antiques Bazaar

Linda especially loved this vintage dress – very reminiscent of Downton Abbey we think!!

Downton Abbey dress


Published by vdorset, on 9th September 2012 at 9:31 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Arts,Vintage Events,Vintage Fashion,Vintage Food,Vintage Homeware Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Antiques Bazaar

Old fashioned cheesemaking

I’ve just finished a packed weekend of goat-keeping and old-fashioned cheesemaking.

Absolutely exhausted, but really good to see that the traditional countryside skills including artisan food-making still exist and are being passed on to new generations. The smallholding I visited was based in Somerset – sadly even though I looked relentlessly for Dorset courses including on www.smallholdingcourses.co.uk I couldn’t find any courses in Dorset that cover the cheesemaking process from herd-to dairy-to fridge. Working with Diana Piercy at the Exmoor Smallholding Centre on a 1:1 bespoke course, we made two batches of soft cheese, a hard goats cheese, covered a wide range of dairying topics and a whole day of goat keeping including hand-milking the happiest and friendliest of goats you could wish to meet! Very hard work and quite a lot to absorb in a single weekend but also really great to lean old skills and keep up traditions.

The Magdalen Project based in Chard and Monkton Wyld Court near Bridport offer smallholding courses including low impact approaches – I think that means “old fashioned” or at least implies traditional – but you’d have to ring them to check!

Gosh! I just unwrapped our little cheesy babies and they’re delicious! Especially gorgeous with our home-made biscuits and this one with basil on our pretty vintage plates. What a great way to celebrate British Cheese Week!

hand made goats cheese and vintage china plate


Published by annie, on 26th September 2010 at 3:29 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Food Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on Old fashioned cheesemaking