Vintage By The Sea - 3rd & 4th September 2016, Morecambe

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

Vintage by the Sea is returning to Morecambe for the fourth season September 2016 to celebrate the brilliance of 20th century design, fashion, vehicles and entertainment with a special focus on the British seaside - a free, family friendly festival that saw over 40,000 visitors attend in 2015.


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.

This year’s Vintage by the Sea programme will feature live music, DJs playing vintage classics, carefully selected street food traders in eye catching vintage vehicles, the much loved Routemaster Bus Bar, brilliant walkabout street performance, free family entertainment and even more interactive making and craft workshops.

Vintage Marketplace

The Vintage Marketplace returns showcasing the best vintage traders the UK has to offer with brilliant furniture, antiques and collectibles sourced from around the world along with fashion from the 20s through to the 90s. 

Design, Craft and Makers Market

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

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RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

On Saturday 3rd September we will be joined by a spectacular RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which will see a Lancaster Bomber, Spitfire and Hurricane pass over Morecambe Bay. Visitors will also have the opportunity to climb aboard a Second World War Spitfire.

Bradford to Morecambe Vintage and Classic Car Rally

On Sunday 4th September the Bradford to Morecambe Vintage and Classic Car Rally rolls into the heart of the event. There is much more for the classic vehicle lover as visitors take a free trip along the Promenade in one of Ribble Vehicle Preservation’s Trust’s heritage buses and throughout the whole weekend wander round the Vintage Classic Car Show for a visually stunning selection of handpicked classic cars, bikes and buses that take you on journey celebrating timeless automotive design. 

Torch Club 

Join us at the iconic art deco Midland Hotel for a glamorous evening of 1940s entertainment at the Torch Ball. With music from The New Squadronaires and expert dance tuition from teachers Hoc and Mark who will take you on a jorney through dances like the Palais Glide to the Lambeth Walk. 

To book tickets for the Torch Club ball call the Midland Hotel on 0333 220 3109 

Cross The Tracks: A Vintage After Party

Celebrating a true Vintage love affair of club and DJ culture. This is Vintage by the Sea's Saturday night party featuring 60's Northern Soul, 70's Funk, Dancefloor Jazz, Disco and Rare Groove, through to 80's Hip Hop, Electro & Boogie and onto 90's House.

"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


"Vintage by the Sea has become a recognised fixture on the British cultural events calendar with superb programming and a truly diverse audience of all ages and from all backgrounds . Being born in Morecambe, it means a lot to me and my own family to see the seafront transformed as it will be again this September, we knew this is what Morecambe was capable of.” - Wayne Hemingway