A visit to The Clayshed Vintage Festival

On a sunny weekend at the end of April my son and I set off to to visit the Clayshed Vintage Festival. This was a big vintage fair organised by Britain Does Vintage. It promised to be a fun day with food, classic cars, vintage workshops and vintage stalls to browse. The festival itself was taking place in Hoults yard which has been revitalised in recent years from an industrial estate into a funky office studio complex. Hoults yard was originally the site of Maling pottery which was produced here from 1817. At it’s peak Maling employed over 1000 staff. The buildings made a fitting backdrop for the Clayshed Vintage Festival.

Hoults Yard where the Clayshed Vintage Festival took place

When we arrived the festival was already in full swing. As we entered we could hear Buddy Holly songs courtesy of Lewis Hill echoing down the path. There was a range of classic cars supplied by Northumbria Classics which were of great interest. Vintage cars are one of my son’s interests and we spent a happy day at Kielder Water last year for their vintage car rally. We spent some time admiring these cars before entering the festival.

Vintage cars at the clayshed festival

clayshed festival at Hoults yard

Lewis Hall at the clayshed vintage festival

There were plenty of fabulous food stalls outside in case you felt hungry. Some of these were were familiar with like the Pickled Porker who we encountered at the British Street food awards last year. Fat Hippo were also there, familiar from the Boiler Shop Steamer along with Streetzzeria, Monsieur Crepe and Gin Fizz. I never get tried of watching crepes being made on the big hot plates. It would have been easy to eat far too much.

Clayshed vintage festival

Inside there was a light and airy space with plenty to look at and buy. From vintage clothing to things for the home there was plenty to choose from. There were plenty of things I remembered from the past like Beano annuals and paper sewing patters as well as an amazing range of vintage clothes. Things kept catching our eyes, an amazing range of chocolate, a crockery set, beautiful hats and shoes. My son managed to discover a strange pipe from the Fang Tribe of Africa, who sound a bit dangerous. I was fascinated by the fox fur and the vintage suitcase, it looked like someone was ready to set off on a voyage of discovery.

Clayshed Vintage Festival

Clayshed Vintage Festival

Clayshed Vintage Festival

Clayshed Vintage Festival

Clayshed Vintage Festival

Clayshed Vintage Festival

Clayshed Vintage Festival

Clayshed Vintage Festival

Clayshed Vintage Festival

We kept finding different things the more we browsed and the stall holders were helpful and quick to chat. If you got tired browsing you could stop and enjoy some fabulous looking cake at Melonberry Vintage tearoom. You could also sit and watch the dancers, who were fabulous. Lindyhopping away, watching them you could easily imagine that you had travelled back in time. If you were feeling brave you could have joined in the dance classes they were running.

Clayshed Vintage Festival

Clayshed Vintage Festival

At the Clayshed Vintage Festival you could also take part in workshops and demos during the day. From Vintage hairstyling and make up, to furniture painting and learning calligraphy or knitting and stitching, there was plenty going on. It was a lovely way to spend a few hours.

Did you go to the Clayshed Vintage fair? What did you think? Did you buy anything while you were there? My son bought a pottery Viking longboat which now has pride of place in our cupboard at home. It was an interesting day out and I look forward to seeing them return next year.


The Clayshed Vintage Festival 2016

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  1. May 8, 2016 / 10:47 am

    What a fun event! I am seriously coveting that retro china now.

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