Why is it that some places just do vintage better than anywhere else? Whether it’s a seaside town with pastel beach huts and a photo shoot worthy pier, or a city where the vintage shops outnumber the usual high-street suspects ten-to-one, some places are just the best that Britain has to offer its vintage lovers. Whether you’re scouting locations for a vintage-inspired hen party or simply fancy a day out with the girls, these are the towns that need to be on your radar this summer.
We couldn’t possibly share our favourite vintage places in Britain, without waxing lyrical about our home town of Brighton. Its iconic seafront takes a starring role in many of our vintage hen party photo shoots and we’re forever discovering new cafes in which to tuck into our afternoon teas. There’s no better place to grab an ice cream and enjoy an impromptu photo opportunity than on big, bright and brash Brighton Pier, and you’ll often find vintage lovers hanging out with milkshakes and rock ‘n’ roll aplenty at JB’s American Diner; a place that looks like it stepped straight out of a Grease movie. Add in a thriving vintage fashion scene and it’s easy to see why our love for Brighton knows no bounds.
Whilst it may be a city, not a town, we couldn’t fail to include York in our top five vintage towns. The Festival of Vintage has been held here for five years, celebrating vintage fashion from the 1930s to the 1960s in a huge gathering of clothes, music and dance. This year’s festival takes place at York Racecourse of the 23rd and 24th April, so you’ll have to move quick if you’re planning a visit. Don’t worry if you miss it; there are vintage shops galore hidden around the city, from the amazing Vintage Emporium to the fabulous Glory Days; a must for the vintage bride-to-be, with countless beautiful crafted bridal gowns from the Forties to the Eighties.
From its seven miles of award-winning beaches to streets littered with quaint vintage boutiques, Bournemouth is a vintage girl’s holiday hot spot. Being from Brighton, we love a good pier, and Bournemouth’s certainly lives up to expectations. Retail therapy abounds in Bournemouth, which has its own Vintage Quarter; the Vintage Emporium, Molly’s Den and Clobber are three places you’re guaranteed to find plenty to add to your vintage wardrobe.
Another Yorkshire vintage contingent comes courtesy of Whitby, one of the most scenic vintage-inspired spots in the UK. If you can tear yourself away from its beaches, scenery and world-famous fish and chips, Whitby’s streets are full of vintage treasures. It is here that you will also find a vintage fair held by one of the biggest names in the business. October 2016 will see the original and best Rose & Brown Vintage hold its Seaside Vintage Fair in Whitby, with over 50 stalls gathering to offer authentic vintage from strictly pre-1989. There are few places where vintage style fits quite as well as Whitby and who can forget that it was once home to none other than Dracula; we’ll leave the deathly pale skin and all-black look to him this time around.