Sunderland Live’s Vintage & Retro Festival Weekend

Sunderland Live Vintage Afternoon Tea

Vintage and Retro Festival Scarlett St

If you’re a regular reader you will have seen my blogpost about how excited I was for Sunderland Live’s Vintage & Retro Festival! And what a weekend it was! I was lucky enough to be involved in the set up on Friday and it was fantastic to see it all come together. Held in Sunderland’s Museum & Winter Gardens and Mowbray Park – the Saturday saw thousands of people enjoy the event.

The snaps are a few that I took for the Sunderland Live facebook page but I have so many more to show. I also cannot wait to see the official photographs! The vintage market opened at twelve in the Jack Crawford room with over twenty vintage fashion, homeware and accessory stalls. There was also a vintage hair and beauty pop-up that would transform your locks into Victory Rolls and other vintage hairstyles.

A pre-bookable Afternoon Tea by Serendipity was held in the Pottery Gallery and it was beautiful! Fresh flowers filled the room along with bunting and Serendipity’s bone china. I’ve never seen a room look as pretty before. If you were lucky enough to manage to book the sell-out afternoon tea, you will have also seen the amazing Scarlett St perform. The picture above is from their soundcheck earlier in the day and they were incredible. Check out Sunderland Live’s Youtube for a few videos of them performing.

Meanwhile outside in Mowbray Park in the baking sunshine bands played on the bandstand while the audience took advantage of the deckchairs and others danced. It was so much fun watching hundreds of people jiving away – don’t believe me…? Check out this Vine! There was also a vintage scooter parade on the patio outside the Winter Gardens and also tucked inside the MoonBooth. There was so much to do and see that by the end of the day I was delightfully exhausted!

Sunderland Live Vintage Retro Festival Day Roker Park

The success of Saturday meant I woke up bright and early, excited to see what Sunday had to offer! The festival moved from Mowbray over to Roker Park and thankfully the sun decided to make another appearance too. Roker featured a classic car and scooter parade, along with vintage bands and dj’s provided by The Bunker. There was also the opportunity to have your photo with a certain 60’s celebrity… I wonder if you can spot him in the photo…? He did bring a friend too!

Later on in the afternoon, Shannon and I decided to treat ourselves to a delicious icecream with raspberry syrup and soak up the sunshine by pitching ourselves on the grass. It was a lovely day out in the sunshine enjoying great music and good company. I cannot wait to hear the plans for next year’s Vintage & Retro Festival – I’ve heard on the grapevine it’s going to be bigger & even better! Stay tuned to the Sunderland Live website for up to date information!


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