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Vintage by the Sea 2015 is produced in conjunction with Deco Publique and Lancaster City Council, supported Morecambe Town Council and The Midland Hotel, Morecambe.

Vintage By the Sea, led by Wayne, Gerardine and Jack Hemingway and the Hemingway Design team, returns to Morecambe for a third year, 5th & 6th September 2015.

As voted the best vintage event in the world, 2014 by The Guardian

Click HERE to see what fun we had last year.

"In my 24 years in Morecambe I have never experienced anything that quite matches this year's Vintage by the Sea Festival which it is estimated to have attracted more than 40,000 to Morecambe for the weekend. We should never lose faith in Morecambe's intrinsic potential. This spectacular success of the event showed conclusively and convincingly that a real breakthrough has been made in bringing something unique and energising to Morecambe and which will be talked about for years to come." Coun Ron Sands, Lancaster City Council's Cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism

Ve Awards For Excellence 2015

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The fantastic setting of Morecambe’s seafront provides the backdrop that transforms into a multi-venue playground where, visitors can learn the dances’, take in specially curated live performances, listen to exclusive DJ sets, enjoy evocative fashion, brilliantly conceived food and cocktails, ogle over beautiful vintage vehicles or take advantage of the decade specific hair and beauty makeovers and all the wonderful vintage shopping that will be on offer.

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Read below for more information about the festival...


The Warehouse Saturday 5th September, 9.30pm - 2.00am, The Platform, Tickets £15.00 + £1.50 booking fee  

The Warehouse brings Britain’s distinctive dance culture and DJ history to the fore by paying respect to our rich club culture and the DJs that have shaped it. Hacienda legends of the UK dance scene join us in celebrating 80's and 90's club culture. Covering everything from the very first house records from Chicago, Detroit and New York to 80s Electro, Rare Groove and onto, of course early, Rave and Acid House. Dave Haslam, Graeme Park, More TBC

Click HERE to buy tickets for The Warehouse

Soul Music Festival

Soul Casino 
Sunday 6th September, 1:00pm - 12.00pm, The Platform, Tickets £10.00 + £1.25 booking fee

Set in the towns former Edwardian Railway Station, tracing the history of North West soul, The Platform plays host to original DJs from the Blackpool Mecca and Wigan Casino plus Northern Soul dance lessons and Jazz Funk and Disco anthems from the 70's. Terry Jones, Sean O Connor, Steve Plumb, Eddy Edmondson, Wayne Hemingway + Special Guest DJ and dance instructor Fiona Smith will be on hand to keep the dance floor rocking from 1:00 pm until midnight.

1pm Laid back Crossover Soul with Sean O’Conner
1.45pm Speed Dancing Learn to Dance Northern Soul in an Hour with Fiona
2.45pm The Modern Soul Sessions with Steve Plumb and Eddy Edmondson
4.30pm Speed Dancing 2 Learn the basic sand polish your Northern moves with Fiona
5.30pm Try those moves out to 90 mins of foot to the floor Northern Soul with Special Guest DJ TBC
7.00pm Wayne Hemingway MBE digs out his favourite soul sevens
8.30pm Great soul from the 70s to today with: Terry Jones 'Village Soul & soulful dance'
10.15pm Wayne H and Special Guest DJ show off in head to head of motown, classic and northern soul finale.

Click HERE to buy tickets for the Soul Casino

Let It Rock
Saturday 5th September, 12.30pm - 6.30pm, The Platform, Tickets £10.00 + £1.25 booking fee

Curated by legend of the rockin' scene Tojo, this years Let It Rock band Miss Mary and the Rights bring the best of 1950's rock 'n' roll to Morecambe's The Platform. While DJ’s play bopping rockabilly and shuffling rhythm’n’blues, expert dance tutors Kav Kavanagh and Suzy Q keep the floor moving with jive and stroll lessons. A wickedly mixed irrevant cocktail guaranteed to leave your hips shaken and your loins thoroughly stirred.

Event timings (may be subject to change)

12.30pm Opening DJ set with the curator himself Tojo
1.15pm Learn to Jive dance class with Kav and Suzy Q
2.00pm Miss Mary & The Mr Rights 6 piece band doing the best in red hot Rhythm'n'Blues, Rockabilly & Rock'n'Roll.
2.45pm Bringing the Rock 'n' Roll master back to the stage - DJ set by Tojo
3.30pm More Moves - Dance Class and DJ with Kav and Suzy Q
5.00pm Miss Mary & The Mr Rights encore set
5.45pm Afternoon closing DJ set with dance classes. Not for the faint hearted, a wickedly mixed irreverent cocktail guaranteed to leave your hips shaken and your loins thoroughly stirred.

The Torch Club

The Torch Club - SOLD OUT
Saturday 5th September, 7.00pm - 12.00pm, EVENING EVENT Midland Hotel, SOLD OUT

An unforgettable night of 40s style returns to The Midland on Saturday. The Memphis Belle Swing Orchestra, dressed in 8th American Army Air Force uniform will perform as a living memorial to the great American Swing Bands of the 1940's. Viv the Spiv returns to host the evening with music and dance lead by Mr Melody Man & partner Hoc. Arrive at 7.00pm for a welcome drink before taking your seat for a elegant, war time themed four course dinner in this most iconic venue at 7.30pm.

Fancy Fox-Trotting to one of the UK’s best 1930s orchestras and DJs? Or if that doesn’t tickle your fancy perhaps a classic party dance such as ‘The Palais Glide’ would do the trick?

There will be Mr Melody Man on hand to help you brush up on your steps. He has been known to cure those with two left feet!

This year’s live performances come from...

The authentic sounds of the big bands of the '40s from an orchestra originally formed to appear in the film Memphis Belle.

Afternoon Tea
5th & 6th September, 12.30pm - 2.00pm & 3.00pm - 4.30pm, Sun Terrace, To Book Call: 01524 428 000

What better way to spend an afternoon than experiencing authentic and elegant 1930s Afternoon Tea in our Sun Terrace Restaurant overlooking the splendour of Morecambe Bay.

Vintage Market Place
5th & 6th September, 11.00am - 6.00pm, Vintage Market Place, Midland Car Park Marquee, FREE 

The Vintage Marketplace hosts purveyors of fashion and accessories brings together couture labels with prêt a porter and street style from the 1920s through to the 1980s. There is no excuse to miss out on a bit of vintage shopping! ....Plus accessories, mid century modern homewares, records, music memorabilia and up-cycled ephemera.

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Hair Salon
5th & 6th September, 11.00am - 6.00pm, Hair Salon, Midland Hotel Lobby, Priced Individually

Book on the day and pre book at Guys n Dolls Hair Boutique 01524 61984 

Our hair and beauty salon offer Vintage goers, hair styling and makeup needs from 1940s finger wave, 50s liquid liner flick to 60s bouffant Beehive.


Classic Car Show 
5th & 6th September, 11.00 - 6.00pm, Classic Car Show, Midland Hotel Car Park, FREE

Bradford to Morecambe Car Rally Sunday 6th September, Cars and bikes will be arriving from approx 10.30am and leaving between 4 and 5pm, Arena Car Park, FREE

Joining Vintage by the Sea for the first time is the Bradford to Morecambe Car Rally! These stunning cars, vans and bikes will delight and fascinate everyone, and will fit in perfectly with the themes of the Vintage Festival.

Rolling into town on Saturday and Sunday is the Classic Car Show, a medley of vintage vehicles. 

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Design, Craft & Makers Market
5th & 6th September, 11.00am - 5.30pm, Design, Craft & Makers Market, Midland Hotel, Priced Individually

The best handmade and up-cycled vintage craft traders and makers all in one handy market.

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Spitfire Static Display
5th & 6th September, 11.00am - 6.00pm, Spitfire Static Display, Grass to the rear of Midland Hotel, FREE

The iconic and much loved Supermarine Spitfire will be on display all weekend providing visitors a unique opportunity to sit in the cockpit of these iconic Spitfire aircraft. 

Horse Box Face Painting 

5th & 6th September, 11.00am - 6.00pm, Promenade Gardens, Starts at £3

Face painting fun for kids.

Donkey Rides
5th & 6th September, 11.00am - 6.00pm, Donkey Rides, Grass to the rear of Midland Hotel - Stone Jetty Parade, Priced Individually

Classic seaside fun with donkey rides on the Promenade.   

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Food Festival
5th & 6th September, 11.00 - 6.00pm, Food Festival with Vintage Traders, FREE

Brilliantly conceived food and cocktails & finest mobile eateries serving street food, coffee, cocktails and craft beer from vintage vans.

Choose your Cheese with the Charity Shop DJ
5th & 6th September, 12.00pm – 6.00pm, Choose your Cheese with the Charity Shop DJ, Rotunda Bar, FREE 

Also returning to delight the crowds is The Charity Shop DJ who entertained the crowds with ‘Choose Your Cheese’.

Walkabout Performance
5th & 6th September, 11.00am - 5.30pm, Walkabout Performance, FREE 

From The Platfrom to the Stone Jetty, show stopping street performance will weave its way through Vintage by the Sea entertianing crowds as they go! Vintage Festival is known for animating the streets with top quality performance and as well as some excting new acts on the 2015 bill we welcome back the much adored Mr. Wilsons Second Liners and our favourite cheeky chappy, Viv the Spiv!

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Vintage Fair Ground
5th & 6th September, 11.00am - 6.00pm, Vintage Fair Ground, Dome Basin, Priced Individually

Heritage fairground rides.


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The Vintage Pooch Parade
Sunday 6th September, 11.00 Registration - 11.45 Walk Leaves - 12.45 Walk Returns - 1.00 Fun Dog Show, Grass to the rear of Midland Hotel - Stone Jetty Parade, ENTRY - £10
 per dog (inc. Pooch Parade and entry into the show, maximum of 2 categories) – register today HERE .

A parade with man’s best friend along the Morecambe Stone Jetty in support of CancerCare. Dress up your pooch, dress up yourself - why not go matching? You’ll both look great! Strut along the stone jetty and catch the judge’s eye to win the ‘Best Dressed Pooch’ award. Get your dog sponsored and raise money for charity! 


Entry for each category is £2 per dog (which goes straight to CancerCare) The dog show is only open to dogs who take part in the promenade walk.

Best 6 legs
Best Biscuit Catcher
Best Hairstyle
Best Vintage Outfit
Waggiest Tail
Best In Show

Help us raise money for CancerCare , a local charity dedicated to helping families affected by cancer and other life limiting conditions. All entry money goes to the charity and why not get your pooch sponsored? There are prizes and doggie treats to be won!

Registration is open from 11am on the grass at the back of the Midland Hotel but pre-booking is advised.

Read more about the charity HERE .

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Saturday 5th September, 6.00pm - 11.00pm, EVENING EVENT Rotunda Bar, FREE

In preparation for your night of old school music at The Warehouse, stop off for a vintage cocktail and live DJs in the Midland's stunning Rotunda Bar.

Routemaster Bus Bar
5th & 6th September, 12.00pm - 6.00pm, Routemaster Bus Bar, Promenade Gardens, FREE

Also returning to delight the crowds is the RouteMaster Bus Bar with vinyl spinning DJ’s....Vintage Festival DJs playing a vinyl only selection of 40s to 80s tunes atop an open-air Routemaster.

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5th & 6th September, 11.00am - 6.00pm, Craftevan, Promenade Gardens, Priced Individually

Craftevan is the mobile craft shop based on the values of nostalgic travel and transport. We love to remember childhood holidays, off to the seaside with family and friends, camping in the woods, picnic in pretty places and most of all adventures in classic cars. All of these memories inspire the products of Craftevan.

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For more information please email the team at info@vintagebyhemingway.co.uk For events bookings at The Midland Hotel please call: 01524 428000


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