5 Places to visit to satisfy your vintage obsession this weekend

By Clodagh Green • 26 April 2019

Sustainable, Unique, Historical, Beautiful And Built To Last

1) The Classic Car Boot Sale

Classic Car Boot Sale (www.classiccarbootsale.co.uk) is a celebration of sustainable shopping - second hand, vintage and reworked pieces alongside small independent makers offering creatively upcycled, recycled or restored fashion, jewellery and textiles.

Forget what you think you know about boot sales - here you'll find carefully selected traders selling quality preloved fashion, homewares and memorabilia out of beautiful vintage vehicles.

It’s this weekend - You’ll find preloved gems, vintage fashion, classic cars, music, food and surprises!

2) Visit Brackley the Historic Market Town in Northamptonshire and you’ll be in for a treat.

Brackley Antique Cellar (www.brackleyantiquecellar.co.uk/) winner of best Antique Centre in the UK and as seen on Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip opened its doors in the year 2000 and since then has gone from strength to strength. It boasts over 200 dealers in 30,000 square feet of space. I recently sent my parents in law there and they were cross I hadn’t sent them before! They described it as magical and a real Aladdin’s Cave. You can easily lose yourself there for a couple of hours and then stop by their café for a lovely cup of tea and slice of cake to recover!

Brackley also boasts the fabulous Shop Blacks Design which gives a contemporary twist to the antiques and interiors market. (www.blacksdesign.co.uk) Black Design which is making headlines for its beautiful and wide range of antiques, its Art Gallery and Interiors for those who like stylish homes. You will find collections of rare, unusual and decorative objects however grand or humble in their origin and unique and interesting combinations of modern and decorative, old and new, eclectic and iconic interiors and furniture.

Definitely worth a look!

3) Festival of Vintage: York Racecourse

The fantastic Festival of Vintage (https://www.festivalofvintage.co.uk/) once again returns to York Racecourse, taking over three buildings and four floors, as well as an extensive outdoor are for classic vehicles and displays. Enjoy the Vintage Dance Hall with a range of free dance lessons as well as plenty of chances for some social dancing

4) Sunday Scramble ‘Drive it day’ Bicester Heritage

This Sunday 28th April sees Bicester Heritage (https://bicesterheritage.co.uk/events/) open its doors again for another splendid Sunday Scramble. Founded in 2014 as a cars and coffee get together amidst the early stages of restoration works. It now has become an event of national repute, attracting car enthusiasts from across the UK offering the opportunity to explore the former RAF Bicester Base, restored wartime buildings and specialists’ businesses. Held on Drive It Day (a national venture championed by the FBHVC to encourage historic vehicle owners to raise awareness of our vast motoring culture by taking their machines for a spin!

5) The Old Cinema, Chiswick (www.theoldcinema.co.uk)

The Chiswick-based antiques department store deals out of an old cinema building (hence the name). Today’s stock is more diverse and unpredictable than ever. One morning the buyers pour over cargo from Scandinavia or the USA, whilst the next might bring a consignment of glass from Eastern Europe, lighting from Italy, or carvings and textiles from India. The ever-changing inventory makes The Old Cinema an unbeatable shopping destination for trade clients and private buyers alike. From kitsch Americana to period antique, Mad Men-style rosewood to hardcore industrial, Asian arts to French decadence, their finds have already made it onto the set of Hollywood movies, into exclusive hotels, fine restaurants and bakeries , trendy bars and boutiques , celebrity homes and castles. Despite its global appeal and size, The Old Cinema remains a family business and retains a friendly informality which helps to retain its unique character and operating style.