Vintage by the Sea Festival 2019

The award-winning Vintage by the Sea Festival will return to Morecambe on 31st August and 1st September 2019 to celebrate the brilliance of 20th-century design, fashion, vehicles and entertainment.

Experience live music, classic cars, street theatre, workshops, marketplace & crafts, heritage buses, a vintage fairground and pop-up dance.



At The Midland Hotel

Central to the festival landscape, join us at the iconic art deco Midland Hotel, and immerse yourself in vintage nostalgia, timeless design from architecture to vehicle design at the Classic Car Show and an array of delectable dining options. Spend time with loved ones at the specially curated Afternoon Teas, visit the Craft & Design Market revealing how vintage references inspire future makers or book in to the Vintage by the Sea Hair & Beauty Salon for those up-do’s, lips & flicks! For the night owls, snap up your tickets for the Torch Club Ball, one glamorous evening of glorious four course dining with an accompaniment of New Orleans Jazz.


At The Midland Courtyard

The action packed Midland Courtyard, located just in front of the hotel is the spot to find unique pop-up experiences such as the Bauhaus School of Art and Tin Type trailer. Come and watch some of the best dressed at the festival strut down our Best in Show catwalk and talk to the proud owners of the stunning array of classic cars on display


At The Midland Green

Soak up the seaside views on the The Midland Green, lay back on the grass and watch the historic Dakota fly past, let roaming street performers entertain you and giggle at the Pooch Parade or kick off on your Vintage Bike Ride. Entertain the little ones in your crew ‘seaside style’ with vintage fairgrounds and donkey rides. Book yourself a ticket and climb into the back of the Bedford Bus in this one of a kind ‘Vintage Mobile Cinema’


At The Platform

Indoor and out, The Platform is the place to shop and dine. The Routemaster Bus Bar sets a lively tone with drinks on the bottom and DJs on the top complimenting an excellent selection of quality street food served from vintage food trucks. Step inside for a Vintage Marketplace packed to the rafters with stylish threads from all the vintage decades sold by expert vendors.


At Promenade Gardens

Look out onto the bay from the Gardens, featuring live music, a very special crazy golf course, space to eat, drink and relax with friends and family and soak in the sun.


Inside The Little Big Top

By day a family friendly workshop space to get crafty and hands on, by night a late night dance fuelled party tent, with iconic tracks that keep your two feet moving until the small hours of the morning. A lot happens in our Little Big Top over the festival weekend, take a sneak peek at what we have lined up!


RAF Dakota Flypast

‘The Douglas C-47 Dakota is without a doubt, one of the most successful aircraft designs in history.’ – RAF

Eyes to the skies for this specially arranged flypast! This year the Royal Air Force will be returning to Vintage By The Sea, set to soar again over the blue skies of Morecambe Bay in a Douglas C-47 Dakota. You can catch this from any part of the festival but we highly recommend you watch from The Midland Green or walk up the Stone Jetty for a rousing experience with the congregated crowds. Times to be announced for this once a day event.


Bradford to Morecambe Car Rally

From Bentleys to Buicks, you’ll be able to feast your eyes on over 140 vintage cars arriving along the promenade in a grand cavalcade to the Bay area, as they finish the route of this traditional 130 miles round trip rally. For one day only, you’ll be able to see this historic parade of classic cars, bikes and buses glide across the magnificent backdrop of Morecambe Bay. (Sunday Only)


Street Performances, Various Locations

Our vintage themed entertainers might pop-up anywhere at the festival! Unexpected and surprising, watch out for roaming street acts including quick-talking ‘Viv the Spiv’ who’ll try and sell you your own grandma’s nylons, Jean and Morag everybody’s favourite rambunctious ‘Tea Ladies’ with their flower-clad tricycle, compere extraordinaire ‘Paulus’ and pioneers of all things vintage, retro and wonderfully absurd, the ladies who call themselves ‘Kitsch & Sync.’

Look out for Gacko our bona-fide showman, storyteller and songwriter equipped with a two-wheeled trunk of family-friendly tales, ditties and comedy routines as he picks a spot to tell you his larger-than-life imagined tales.


And much more across the weekend!




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