The Bath Brocante, Alice Park, Lower Swainswick

By Alice Roberton,
16th July 2013 - 13:11

All the magic of a French Brocante in a quintessentially English park

Set to the clinking sound of boules, the soft tones of jazz, the smell of fresh coffee and the gentle buzz of park life, The Bath Brocante in Lower Swainswick is a delightful event. Once a month, from May through to July, this small but perfectly formed brocante offers an eclectic mix of furniture, bric-a-brac, gardenalia and handmade goodness. Organiser Katherine Gilmore (pictured below right) has an eye for the unusual and loves the French way of life - something she’s been keen to emulate at her events.
H&A subscriber Samantha Rogers (above left) loves finding old items in need of some tender loving care. ‘I’ve just bought these 1930s metal foldaway chairs from Katherine which I’ll do up with some Ian Mankin or Cabbages & Roses fabric, but I’ll leave the paintwork just the way it is,’ she said.
The team from Vintage Marquees made a day of it by picknicking with friends while making use of their own stock; a set of original Weston-super-Mare deck chairs. The marquee pictured was made for them in Rajasthan. They also hire out an impressive range of vintage marquees themselves.
As soaring temperatures made this the hottest day of the year yet, Suzanne Lawler of Buttercups & Daisies Vintage, was grateful for fellow trader Claire Peacey of Empire Edibles' huge jar of lemon, rose and cucumber water (above). 
10 month old Irish terrier Tallulah-May was not so much pooch of the day as hot dog of the day as she tried to stay firmly in the shade while her owners browsed the brocante.
Claire Richards was in the park to celebrate her 30th birthday at Alice Park Cafe and just couldn’t resist this 1960s push-along brick truck for her young son Herbie. ‘I love wooden toys and some of the older things are so much nicer than the very plastic toys of today,’ she commented.
Our lovely Homes & Antiques 'on the road' team will be attending fairs up and down the country during the summer so do look out for us at the following events where you'll be able to buy the latest issue and sign up as a subscriber.
 
July
 
Thursday 18th July, 9am - 4pm - A Talent For Textiles, Brownsword Hall, Poundbury, Dorset, DT1 3GN
 
Saturday 20th July, 11am - 3pm - Vintage Jumble, St Matthews Parish Centre, 27a The Drive, Northampton, NN1 4RY
 
Sunday 21st July, 10am - 4pm - Discover Vintage @ Ripley Castle, Ripley, nr. Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 3AY
 
August
 
Saturday 3rd August, 10am - 4pm - Lady Magpie & Me Summer Fete, Castle Douglas Town Hall, 5 St Andrew Street, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway, DG7 1DE
 
Sunday 11th August, 11am - 4pm - Blighty Boutique Vintage and Handmade Fair, Hatton Park Village Hall, Barcheston Drive, Warwickshire, CV35 7TR
 
Saturday 17th August, 10am - 3pm - For the love of Vintage, Saltburn Arts Village Hall, Albion Terrace, Saltburn by the Sea, Redcar & Cleveland, TS12 1JW
 
Saturday 24th August, 10am - 4pm - The Cotswolds Vintage Fair, Toddington Village Hall, Stow Road, Toddington, Gloucs, GL54 5DU
 
Saturday 24th August, 12pm - 4pm - Northampton Vintage Fair & Late Summer Garden Party, The Spinny Hill, Kettering Road, Northampton, NN3 6LR
 
Saturday 24th August, 10.30am - 4.30pm - Newcastle Does Vintage, Theatre Royal, Newcastle, NE1 6BR
 
Saturday 31st August, 9.30am - 3pm - The Vintage Bazaar in Devizes, The Corn Exchange, Market Place, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1BN
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A lovely weekend for vintiquing
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