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Vintage By The Sea - 5th - 6th September 2015 

More information about the 2015 festival coming soon!

Vintage By The Sea 2015 is supported by Lancaster City Council and Morecambe Town Council

Vintage By the Sea, led by Wayne, Gerardine and Jack Hemingway and the Vintage Festival team, returns to Morecambe for a third year in September 2015.

"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

In 2013 the Festival marked The Midland’s 80th anniversary and attracted over 7,000 thousand visitors to the town. The Hemingway team returned for another successful event.

Following a successful sell out one-day event in 2013 we went back for a weekend extravaganza in 2014. Whether your thing is swing, rockabilly, mod, soul, funk, disco, ska, film, art or design - or if you just wanted to dress up and get an authentic makeover for a day, the Vintage by the Sea Festival was a sensual delight, a big dressing-up box, a collector’s dream and a joyous creative feast for all ages.

For one glamorous weekend the music, fashion, film, art, design and dance from the 1920s to the 1990s that has made Britain the world’s creative and cultural hot bed was celebrated.

The fantastic setting of Morecambe’s seafront provided the backdrop and transformed it into a multi-venue playground where, visitors could learn the dances’, took in specially curated live performances, listened exclusive DJ sets, saw evocative fashion, brilliantly conceived food and cocktails, ogled over beautiful vintage vehicles or took advantage of the decade specific hair and beauty makeovers and all the wonderful vintage shopping that was on offer.

'The whole day and evening was absolutely fantastic – I have never seen the Midland Hotel so busy inside and out!! It certainly pulled the crowds in with lots of people enjoying what was on offer and entering into the spirit of the 30’s in that fabulous sunshine. I’m already looking forward to seeing the plans for next year’s festival.' - June Ashworth, Mayor of Lancaster

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Soul Casino, Curated by Richard Searling 

Set in the most evocative of venues, The Winter Gardens, The Soul Casino created the sounds and style of the classic 70s soul club and 80s disco scenes, deep funk to northern, rare groove to classic soul, disco, authentic R&B mod sounds and early house.

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The Warehouse, Curated by Jack Hemingway

The Warehouse brought together the North’s distinctive dance culture and DJ history to the fore at a one off party in Morecambe’s remarkable Winter Gardens. Hacienda legends Mike Pickering and Dave Haslam evoked memories of the Acid House era Manchester and Jack Hemingway warmed things up with a selection of pre-rave Boogie and House jams. Bringing it back to Morecambe's local rave scene roots, DJ Huxley opened the night with the very best Acid Jazz, House and early rave tunes.

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Conversation in Creativity: Mike Pickering with Host Dave Haslam

To coincide with their exclusive DJ appearance at Vintage By The Sea Festival, a very special Conversation in Creativity Event featured Hacienda legends Mike Pickering and Dave Haslam. 

Let It Rock, Curated by Poor Boy Paul

There’s was a whole lotta shakin’ going on! Festival goers shimmied and shuffled in blue suede shoes as rockin’ bands The Crown Top Kings, The Hayriders, and The Rhythm Kings brought the best of 1950s rock ‘n’ roll to Morecambe’s Platform venue. Poor Boy Paul span the vinyl and provided the Jive and Rock n Roll dance lessons, which was all set in the lovely old arrivals and departures hall of Morecambe’s old train station. 

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The Torch Club, Curated by Snowboy, Hosted by Viv The Spiv

The Torch Club is an unforgettable night of 1930s and 40s glamour which returned to the wonderful Midland Hotel on the Saturday evening of Vintage by The Sea. Hosted by Viv The Spiv, this cheeky chappie is without a doubt the most popular character on the UK’s 30’s and 40’s scene.

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On arrival guests received complimentary champagne and strawberries as they took their seats for a glamorous dinner. Guests fox trotted to one of the UK’s best 1930’s orchestras and DJs. 

Mr Melody Man

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

2014s live performances came from...

The Savoy Dance Orchestra

One of the UK's most authentic purveyors of 30's and 40's Swing and Dance Band music, they are one of the most sought after swing orchestra’s in Europe.

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Vintage Tea by The Sea

What better way to spend an afternoon than experiencing an authentic and elegant 1930's Tea Dance in the beautiful Midland Hotel.

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Charity Shop DJ 

The philosophy behind Charity Shop DJ is that culture is in a large part the creation of the audience, and is made up of a myriad of secrets that are hidden in attics and behind curtains. As Charity Shop DJ we seek to reveal, share and celebrate these secrets. The idea was simple, turn up, flick through our records and decide what we played!

The Vintage Marketplace, Curated by Dotty's Vintage

Last year Dotty’s Vintage curated our best Vintage Marketplace yet and it was rammed from morning till night. The Vintage Marketplace gathers together forty of the finest purveyors of vintage clothes, accessories, mid century modern homewares, records, music memorabilia and up-cycled ephemera. Bringing together couture labels with prêt a porter and street style from the 1920s through to the 1980s. In 2014 we expanded into a more spacious venue, The Platform and there was no excuse to miss out on a bit of vintage shopping!

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Best In Show

Style hunters roamed the Vintage site to snap the most fashion-savvy festival goers. Our special ‘fash-mob’ catwalk, where 'style hunted', gathering for a one-off event. 

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Our expert Vintage tutors helped festival goers learn a new skill or revive an old one, from sewing vintage style fashion accessories, knitting, up-cycling, quilting, designing and generally getting creative. 

Print for Love of Wood 

After a roaring success last year, Print for Love of Wood came back, hosting letter press workshops. Festival goers came and got their hands inky learning the centuries old craft.

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Design Craft Logo

The Design, Craft and Makers Market showcased the best handmade and up-cycled vintage craft traders and makers all in one handy market. 

Vintage Advertising Art

Morecambe’s love affair with its historic assets continued with the restoration of the Old Palladium sign which is now complete, the team behind it worked with us to identify two more locations ripe for creative makeovers which where unveiled at the Festival!

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Hair and Beauty 

The vintage hair and beauty salon was brought to you by Guys n Dolls and provided decade specific hair and make up, from 1920s to the 1970s.

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Street Food

Festival goers could sample the flavours of the past at our Vintage food market; the finest street food and cocktails around will be served up from vintage wheels.

Vintage Serendipity

Classic vehicles, vintage street theatre, classic ice cream vans and vintage street food, evocative rare film footage, heritage bus tours along the prom and pop up performances are all part of the Vintage Festival experience.

Vintage Kids

Many of us behind Vintage have kids and we have a good authority that the ones who haven’t were once kids themselves. Vintage will always go out of its way to make kids happy so that mum and dad can have a great weekend. Vintage by the Sea provided plenty of creative entertainment from face painting to a vintage fairground!

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The DJ Bus

The Routemaster is an original 1967 Routemaster, which has been completely restored from the chassis up but retaining as many original features as possible. Refurbished to the highest standard the bus is a fully functioning bar on the lower deck with a retractable roof on the upper deck which provided a perfect space for our resident Vintage DJ's to play the best disco, soul and motown to our festival goers.


Classic Cars & Vehicles

A show stopping section of classic wheels was brought together for all to see right in front of the beautiful Midland Hotel.

Jean and Morag Tea Ladies

Jean and Morag rattled around the Vintage Festival site with their tea trolley; however you needed a love of tea and biscuits to enjoy these two, but let’s face it...who doesn’t!

Cheap Thrills Presents Bonkers Bingo

It's Bingo with the Lingo, Bingo with Balls, a vintage inspired show featured straight forward games of Bonkers Bingo to full on Cabaret starting with a duet. There was stand up comedy, ukulele performance, Mr & Mrs Competition, Rowdy Pub Quiz, Sing-along’s and Karaoke!

Pop Up Photo Studio

Northern Soul photographer, Richard Jon, was on hand in the Platform to provide a lasting memory of your vintage day out. Richard was armed with vintage props so there was no need to be shy!

Vintage Bike Ride Web

Vintage Bike Ride by the Sea

Sponsored by Sustrans

Sustrans and Vintage presented A Vintage Bike Ride by The Sea, with wonderful views across Morecambe Bay. Festival goers came down on their classic racer, sit up and beg, 60s shopper! If you didn't have a classic bike, then people brought their modern wonder along, people donned their vintage attire and joined in, it was open to everyone!

Lancaster Bomber Flypast

The RAF flew over two Lancaster Bomber's over the Vintage festival site! 


Vintage Pooch Parade 

Vintage by the Sea presented an hour-long walk with man's best friend along the Morecambe promenade in support of Cancer Care. People dressed up their pooch and even dressed up themselves - some even went matching? Festival goers strutted along the prom and caught the judge’s eye to win the ‘best vintage pooch award’. 


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Dig and Gift: Quaint Morecambe and Vintage by the Sea

The Guardian: The Best Retro and Vintage Events In The World 

The Visitor: Viv The Spiv at Morecambe Vintage by The Sea

The Visitor: Wayne Hemingway’s Passion for Vintage

The Visitor: Morecambe Set for £1m Vintage Boost

BBC Radio Lancashire: Graham Liver (approximately 2:52)

The Bay: Hemingway's Vintage Festival To Return To Morecambe

Lancashire Evening Post: Hemingway's Back and This Year it’s For Two Days

Lancashire Life: Vintage by the Sea festival, Midland Hotel, Morecambe

The Guardian: Morecambe Crap Towns Revival Midland Hotel

The Visitor: Just The Buzz The Resort Needs

The Visitor: Vintage Day Is Roaring Success

BBC News Lancashire: Wayne Hemmingway Stages Morecambe Vintage Festival

The Visitor: 5,000 Pack in for 'Amazing' Vintage Day

The Visitor: Thousands Could Flock to Morecambe's Vintage Day

The Guardian: The Best B&Bs on the UK Coast

Cent Magazine: Bold, Vintage by the Sea at the Midland

Mancunian Vintage: I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside! Wayne & Gerardine Hemingway’s Vintage Festival to Visit Morecombe

The Visitor: Hemingway Festival to Celebrate Midland Hotel Anniversary

Event: Hemingway's Vintage Festival Comes to The Midland Hotel

Lancashire Evening Post: Festival Launch for Top Designer Wayne Hemingway

Lancashire Evening Post: Design Guru Wayne Hemingway Want's To Bring Back Glamour

The Visitor: Hemingway Festival to Celebrate Midland Hotel Anniversary

Vintage Festival Event Product