Classic cars, vintage catwalks and lashings of cream tea: Regional editor Kath Lord-Green selects Britain’s ten best festivals with a nostalgic twist.
- Best for British horror fans
The Wickerman Festival, Dumfries and Galloway, 20-21 July
Dubbed “Scotland’s Alternative Music festival,” Wickerman is held annually at East Kirkcarswell Farm, Dundrennan. This family friendly festival was named after the classic British horror film The Wicker Man (1973), which was filmed on location in and around where the festival takes place. This year’s theme is ‘Olympia’ and organisers are encouraging festival goers to don their best Grecian togas, while enjoying storytelling, outdoor cinema, fire walking, grass sledging, dance workshops and the all-embracing Barabajagal Jamming Yurt.
- The best thing since jam and scones
Vintage Parade, West Sussex, 21 July
This parade returns after popular demand to the city that hosts one the UK’s most prestigious vintage event in the UK, Goodwood Revival. It was set up to give the good people of Chichester access to the charms of 1930s–1980s vintage fashions and paraphernalia. Relax in charming tea rooms adorned with gingham table cloths, transform yourself into a 50s siren in the vintage beauty parlour and rifle through nostalgic buys from the last century.
- Best for families
Camp Bestival, Dorset 26-29 July
Re-writing the rulebook for family festivals, the multi-award winning Camp Bestival is an awe-inspiring family holiday that puts little ones and their music-loving parents at the centre of the experience. Set in the shadow of Lulworth Castle in Dorset with performances from the Happy Mondays, Hot Chip, Kool & The Gang, Chic Feat Nile Rodgers, Mr Tumble and The Gruffalo, there are literally 100s of free things for kids too and parents to do.
- Best for a laid back weekend
The Magic Loungeabout, Northamptonshire, 27-29 July
A proper boutique festival where you get the chance to see arena filling acts in an intimate setting for just 3000 people. The Magic Loungeabout returns for its third year with an inspiring programme of music and arts, offering an eclectic mix of fringe cabaret, inspiring speakers, thought-provoking cinema and fine food – all set in the spectacular grounds of Broughton Hall.
- Best for seaside lovers
The Great Seaside Vintage Fair, North Yorkshire, 28-29 July
Rose & Brown Vintage brings you the vintage fair with a sea view – with at least 40 stalls offering quality vintage goods from the 1920s to the 1980s, including 1950′s swimsuits, quirky handmade souvenirs, vintage vinyl, magazines and adverts, Art Deco ceramics and much more.
- Best in show
Classics on the Green, Hertfordshire, 1 August
Classics on the Green is the largest mid-week classic car show in the country with over 2200 vehicles and the best part is – it’s totally free. Check out an interesting array of vehicles from old classics to modern super cars, custom and kit cars to steam engines.
- The best tiny festival
Fieldview Festival, Wiltshire, 2-5 August
This independent, grass roots music and arts festival was founded by the Cameron Brothers in 2007 after an annual garden party out grew its humble surrounding. The festival is now run by an ever-growing team of great friends and family, who love being able to provide such a unique and enjoyable weekend for all to enjoy.
- Best festival in the far north
Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Inverness-shire, 3-4 August
Brimming with character and magic, this event certainly rivals the major festivals. Belladrum has an electric vibe, with new and surprising additions each year and a host of loyal fans, traders and artists. Expect fantastic food and organic beer, a prose tent, performing art, crafts, moss-covered VWs and a Celtic wishing tree. It is certainly unique and not to be missed.
- The very best for vintage fans
Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire, 10-12th August
Vintage at Wilderness is a sensual delight, a big dressing-up box, a collector’s dream and a joyous creative feast for all ages. It celebrates the music, fashion and lifestyles of the 1920s through to the 1980s. This year, they are guests at the wild and wonderful Wilderness Festival, in the glorious grounds of Cornbury Estate. Over three days, you can learn Lindy Hop, go to a roller disco, relive the delights of 70s soul and watch vintage fashion pageants.
- Best for country pursuits
Galloway Country Fair, Dumfries and Galloway, 18-19 August
Situated in the grounds of the striking Drumlanrig Castle, Galloway Country Fair is one of Scotland’s most successful country events, attracting exhibitors and visitors from across the country. Try out clay pigeon shooting, fly fishing, medieval jousting and archery.