Crikey! It’s Vintage At Killerton House, Exeter, Devon

By Alice Roberton,
26th June 2013 - 12:35

H&A enjoys a delightfully British weekend of nostalgia in the grounds of a National Trust property

Last weekend, the glorious gardens and parkland of 18th-century Killerton House played host to the first vintage festival of its kind in Devon. The event drew thousands of vintage enthusiasts for two packed days of pure nostalgia, despite the unseasonal weather.
And what a jolly fine weekend of vintiquing, classic cars, fashion shows, fairground rides, music, dance and quirky cocktails it was. Spirits were certainly high at The Cocktail Caravan when members of Blitz and Peaces stopped by (above)! 
I caught up with Crikey! It’s Vintage organiser Shelley Barnes by Retro Trailer's adorable Teardrop Trailer. ‘It’s been an amazing weekend, the turnout was everything I’d hoped for and I’m so happy people came and had fun despite the weather,’ she said.
At every turn there was fun being had and the Jive Swing dance workshops on the lawn proved just the thing to keep warm too.
Vintage fans Hilary and Caitlin-Rose Barker, both from New Zealand, were having a giggle trying on quirky accessories in the fabulous vintage and antiques marketplace.
The market offered everything from French furniture, old phones and handmade goods to antique bridalwear, bric-a-brac and glorious textiles - it was a veritable buyers' paradise.
Louise Hancock of Cornwall Vintage had some lovely bits and pieces on her stand. I especially liked her upcycled lampshades. ‘I really enjoy giving old lamps a new lease of life with embroidered tablecloths and vintage fabric remnants,’ said Louise.
Val Heywood, of Exeter, bought a cushion from the H&A stand (as featured in our July feature Beside the Seaside) for a rather unusual use: ‘My husband and I collect oriental antiques and have recently bought a large bronze Chinese temple bell which needs to be on a cushion and this will be just perfect!’ she explained.
Visitor Karen Moss, from Beaminster in Dorset, was discussing her successful shopping with Mr Pete, who bought his suit from Hangar 124, and a man known as ‘Simon the Fishmonger from Lyme Regis’ outside one of O’Connors Campers' VW camper vans. ‘This event is just wonderful, there’s so much to see and do. Next time I’ll come for both days,’ she said.
Here’s where you’ll find H&A setting up shop over the next few weeks to sell the latest issue and fabulous subscription offers.
Saturday 29th June, 11am-4pm - Selina Lake's Handmade and Vintage Summer Fete, Market House, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey, KT1 1EU 
Sunday 7th July, 9.15-6pm - Stourhead Vintage Fair, Memorial Hall, High Street, Stourton, Wiltshire, BA12 6QD
Sunday 7th  July, 10.30am-4pm - Moore Vintage, The Royal Masonic School For Girls, Rickmansworth Park, Rickmansworth, Herts, WD3 4HF
Saturday 13th July, 10am-4pm - The Bath Brocante, Alice Park, Lower Swainswick, Bath, BA1 7BL
Saturday 13th July, 10.30am-4pm - K & A Pop-Up Vintage, Adastra Hall, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 8QH
Sunday 14th July, 10am-4pm - The Yanks in Stockport Fair', The Vintage Village at Stockport Market, Stockport Covered Market Hall, Cheshire, SK1 1EU
Sunday 14th July, 9am-3pm - Guildhall Vintage and Antiques Fair, Palmer-Tomkinson Centre, Wanlip Lane, Birstall, Leicester, LE4 4GH
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
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