It was chocks away at the weekend as I visited The RAF Museum at Cosford for a brand-new vintage festival. The ‘Vintage and Handmade Festival’ on 11-12 August showcased over 50 local creators and these included everything from jams and marmalades to British made suspender belts and girdles.

Held in the grounds at the RAF Museum Cosford, the exhibitor marquees were nestled amongst the VC10 and Hercules aircraft and as a trio called Miss Fortune’s sang a range of retro songs it was a good opportunity to indulge in a cocktail from one of the retro cocktail bars including a VW Camper Van called Beetle Juice or perhaps enjoy a glass of prosecco from the converted horse trailer. I visited a vintage tearoom called Thyme for Tea and thoroughly enjoyed a cup of tea poured from a teapot and served in a delicate china tea-cup, if only this were a regular occurrence when taking tea out; it was so much nicer than thick ceramic mugs or cups  containing tea made from the water in the coffee machine.

There was a vintage photo booth, a children’ crafting stall, called Mini Makers and even a vintage beauty parlour.  I caught up with the duo of beautifiers, known as The Blusherettes as I visited there pop-up beauty salon. As the team got to work victory rolling my six year olds hair and applying some glitter gloss and blush to her, I decided to opt for vintage lashes and flicks.  As my eight year old emerged from the mini-makers tent with a handful of pom-poms she’d made she was delighted to take her seat in the beauty hot spot and receive a make-over.

As I stepped out of the Blushettes Beauty Parlour I felt like a silver screen star, but it wasn’t long until the less glamorous task of chasing a toddler was required.

This show is in its infancy, it being the first year it has been held and I’ve no doubt that it will grow next year. A great family day out was enjoyed and we look forward to returning next year.