Friday, August 20, 2010

Vintage at Goodwood

For the first time in over 10 years  Mr Fabric and I had 4 days together, without our darling children. So we packed up the camper van and set off for West Sussex and Vintage at Goodwood.

Now, anyone who knows me knows that I don't really 'do' camping. I'm far too high maintenance these days!  I was assured that this festival would not be like other festivals and that I would have all my home comforts. Not totally convinced, and having a slight panic that I would be spending time with my man in a space no bigger than my pantry, I bravely decided that I would make the best of it.  I LOVED it!!  There were flushing toilets and showers (albeit freezing) and I had electricity in the camper van so I could dry and straighten my hair. The horror of the chemical pits at Latitude were nowhere to be seen and the toilets remained clean and had plenty of toilet paper, joy!

So, to the festival itself.  This was the first event and I can only say how brilliant it was, sure there could be some improvements but overall it was great fun, well thought out, had a wonderful atmosphere and was everything and more that I hoped it would be.  There was so much to do that I didn't do half of what was available.

I met Hen there and she did totally different things to me!

What did I  see and do?  Come and have a look ...................

The Grand Entrance

You are HERE

The High Street

Cool Caravans

Peter Blake's Art Bus
The Bar
Here come the Mods
I loved this concept
Make up girls
Clothkits workshops
There was always filming and photo shoots to watch
Met up with old friends
Watched and danced to great music
Paula Reed from Grazia
Pearl and Daisy Lowe
Roller Disco
Drank cocktails

and Pimms!
Felicity and Jess make corsages, fascinators, hairclips and jewellery and were my first port of call every morning to find accessories.  Visit their fabulous website here

Bonhams auction on the Sunday was such fun and I managed to win the only textiles in the auction, some beautiful Tibor Reich curtains, titled Age of Kings.

The stalls were jam packed full of vintage loveliness and I was spoilt for choice.  I bought 3 1950's dresses, a 1960's dress and a new Celia Birtwell dress, some to sell and some to keep.

Other highlights for me were dancing to Norman Jay in the Soul Casino until 2am, Watching Tony Hatch and orchestra play in the Leisure Dome, The Damned rocking the house in the Rock and Roll tent, Heaven 17 playing the entire Penthouse to Pavement, Marshall Chess dj'ing, Pearl and Daisy Lowe's fashion show complete with Matt Smith, the latest Dr Who in the front row watching his girl, Earth Wind and Fire and just generally hanging out and not having to be mummy for a few days.

All in all it was a really great festival, I had such a brilliant time and cannot wait until next year's event.

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Clare said...

Yes, thats it...I'm going next year!! I'm like you I don't 'do' camping at all, it fills me with dread so I'll have to find an alternative but all your pictures and Hens are too yummy to ignore. Will you post pics of your dresses? Clare x

Mumxie said...

I'm so glad you had fun. I decided early on not to go, because the date clashed with another festival and ended up going to none :-( did you visit the vintage car boot fair?

Sew Recycled said...

Ooo, how green with envy am I?
Glad you had a great time Donna!
Em x

Grumpy Old Woman said...

Really lovely post Sweetie. And fab photos.

Didn't you do a long weekend in Dublin with Paul in October '04? or is my memory playing tricks?
It probably is.


Donna said...

I was pregnant with Alfie when I went to Dublin so must have been 1999! Doesn't time fly?!

Josie-Mary said...

Looks great fun :)

Tilly Rose said...

Oh my goodness....I am just soooooo jealous!!!!!!!!!!
I want to go next year, oh yes indeedy!
How fabulous.
Thanks for sharing it with us.
Maybe next year we should organise a hugs blog meet up there for all us vintage lovers???
Oh how I would LOVE that!

Karen x x x

The Little Vintage Company said...

I'm not jealous... not really...

*slams laptop keyboard*

Glad you had such a lovely time, everything looks great!!

Tamzin X

Torie Jayne said...

Great post! I too went and loved it! Fingers crossed it is on next year, Have a sweet day!

Bobo Bun said...

Thanks for showing Donna, looks fabulous as do you. My kind of style, definately would have been there dancing with you to Norman Jay. Used to follow his nights around (a year or two back I think!). Sorry for not replying to your txt by the way, I'm completely rubbish at stuff sometimes and then time hopped on by.

Take care and stay looking glamorous.


Pene said...

Oh god I am sick with envy it looks like it was FAB!! So want to go next time, will start saving now!!!

LissyLou said...

i am so jealous!! i have told my hubbie we are definatley going next year!!

kirsty said...

It looks amazing. I'd love to go!

delia hornbook said...

WOW WOW WOW WOW O WOW My mouth is hanging open as i am typing this i didn't even know an event like this took place. I love the pictures and the write up and i love your materials...thankyou for sharing this. simply amazing. My first love is 1950's so this brings a little tear to my eye ;-)