I’m well overdue a big catch up, with all my unwritten blog posts! I’ve been to quite a few fabulous vintage events this year and still haven’t got round to blogging about them. With Twinwood only a few hours away and lots of other exciting events on the vintage calendar, I thought I’d get to work writing about some of the fun things I’ve been up to.

I’ve always wanted to go to one of the many 1940s days that happen at Britain’s many heritage railway lines. My dad is a big steam train enthusiast and we’ve always enjoyed visiting railways together. Mixing my love of history and vintage with his love of trains seemed like the perfect day out for both of us. We decided to visit War On The Line, a WW2 themed event on the Mid Hants Railway also known as the Watercress Line.

The event had a bit of everything from re-enactors, to vintage clothing stalls, live music and of course the trains themselves. There was also plenty of interesting demonstrations, which gave a fascinating insight into the war.

I decided to not bring my big camera with me, as its sometimes nice to just enjoy a day out without trying to get perfect blog photos. So I just took a few on my phone this time.

War on The Line Classic CarsThere were plenty of gorgeous classic cars on display, I especially loved the fire engine.

War on the Line Vintage ClothesI couldn’t resist a good look through all the fantastic vintage clothing stalls, there were so many gorgeous 40s and 50s dresses.

War on the line Steam TrainsOf course there were wonderful steam trains running all day. It was really fun riding between the stations and sitting in different carriages. It was great having my dad with me to tell me all about the trains.

War on the line Harry Potter BridgeThere was even a bridge, that had appears in two of my favourite films The Thirty Nine Steps and Harry Potter!

War on the Line ViewAnd the views were beautiful! The Mid Hants Railway, sits in beautiful countryside and it was lovely to get away from London for the day and enjoy the fresh air.

War on the line Winston ChurchillI loved all the vintage details on the stations, it was like stepping back in time. I even got a brief sighting of Winston Churchill himself!

War on the Line Mid Hants Railway-2There were loads of fantastic reenactors  at the event and it was really interesting chatting to them, they all knew so much about the war and their passion for the past was incredible.

War on the line carsIt was an absolutely brilliant day out and I will definitely be going again next year. I’d also like to check out more railway events in the future. The atmosphere was fantastic and even learnt a bit of history while I was there.

Find out about future events on The Watercress Line website.

I love it when a vintage event happens near me. Although there are great events all over the country, being able to pop to one for a couple of hours with the kids is always a bonus. I’ve been meaning to go to the Vintage Alldayer at Kingsmeadow Football Ground the last few times it’s been on and have never got round to it, so it was great to finally pop along a couple of weeks ago and check it out.

Kingsmadow Vintage Allayer Homeware Stall
The event featured an absolutely amazing selection of vintage traders, with lots of clothing accessories, records and homewares. I’m trying to save money at the moment so I couldn’t buy any of the lovely dresses I spotted, but I did get an egg slicer  to add to my Tala collection! You can see it in the picture above.

Kingsmeadow Vintage Alldayer Tea and Cake
We had a lovely slice of cake with tea served in gorgeous vintage china at the events tea room, while watching lots of talented couples taking to the dance floor for a jive.

Classic Cars Kingsmeadow Vintage Alldayer

Classic Car Kingsmeadow As usual lots of people had brought along their fabulous classic cars to be admired. The girls love looking at them all. I didn’t take a huge number of pictures at the event, as I just wanted to enjoy some family time and have a good look at everything. I’d definitely recommend the event and next time I will definitely be going again.

J and L Lindy Bop
It is actually impossible to get these two to both look at the camera at the same time these days! Lila is wearing her Lindy Bop kids dress which is her absolute favourite at the moment.

Collectif Aida Zac Lucia Red Gingham Dress
I’ve mentioned my current obsession with red gingham a lot this year. I wore yet more gingham to the event. This dress from Collectif has become my go-to dress for events at the moment as its so comfortable. I got it a while ago, but it’s currently in the sale. The shoes are my absolute favourite shoes at the moment, they are so comfortable and they look amazing with vintage dresses.

Outfit Details:

Dress – Aida Zak at Collectif

Cardigan – TU at Sainsburys

Necklace – Vintage via Charity Shop

Handbag – Vintage Enid Collins

Donna Shoes – Hotter

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There’s nothing I love more than getting all dressed up in my finest vintage attire and spending a day at a fabulous vintage event. Britain Does Vintage organise lots of great vintage days out, fairs and festivals with loads to do for all the family. Their next festival is being help on October 17th in the beautiful surroundings of Kelham Hall.

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The festival has everything the vintage lover could want including over 50 vintage traders, afternoon tea, entertainment and jive lessons.

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Find out all the details of the event on the Britain Does Vintage website

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