2022 has seen a welcome return of many events and happenings that were sadly curtailed during the pandemic. One such event took place earlier this month, with the return of the Vintage and Handmade festival at RAF Cosford. It happened to take place on a beautifully warm and sunny weekend, and it was great to see the crowds turn out in force for a mixture of music, food, re-enactments and a little bit of guilt free retail therapy.
The Vintage and Handmade festival incorporates the very best of both of those areas, with two large tents of traders in some of the loveliest vintage and retro pieces, and handmade crafts and foods. The festival has a lovely relaxed vintage feel from the moment you get there, with a vintage Charabanc the mode of travel once you have parked your car. Once inside the festival you are greeted with the all the smells of Summer, from Pimms that you can buy by the glass or jug, hotdog stores, sweet and savoury crepes, and artisan ice cream. You could literally spend your whole day eating, there is just so much choice.
The two large tents host a range of different stores, with both vintage and reproduction clothing, accessories, bric-a-brac and old books and magazines. The prices were really reasonable, I was able to pick up some bargains myself, and many of the store holders were dressed in Wartime period attire, which added to the overall atmosphere of the event. If vintage beauty is your thing, you could allow yourself to be pampered in the vintage salon, having your hair styled in a Victory roll.
There is a stage area where different performers sing a range of wartime and swing numbers from the 1940s. This was the perfect way to rest after shopping, taking the weight off your feet and enjoying a Pimms or a glass of Prosecco.
If you are looking for content for the ‘Gram’, there are plenty of places to enjoy photo opps. Not only could you don some retro garb for a photograph, but there were beautiful wartime and classic cars for photographs. In addition, the RAF Museum at Cosford itself was open, so you could enjoy all the general exhibits – great if you were attending with children.
This was my first time attending the Cosford Vintage and Handmade Festival, but I’ve already put it in my diary for next year. It truly is a lovely event for the whole family, a lovely way to spend a sunny Spring day.